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With the exception of a strong playoff run in 1957, Leo Boivin had a decent career that sure doesn’t look like a Hall of Fame one.
He never won an individual award or the Stanley Cup and he only ever finished Top 5 in Norris voting once. (And he played most of his career during the Norris-trophy era.)
He is among the most controversial Hockey Hall of Fame inductees ever. And so in this episode we ask whether or not Leo Boivin belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Listen to us talk about his Hall of Fame case here:
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We don’t know exactly what happened between 1987 and now, but the standards for goalie admission got a lot stricter. (Well, we do know that goalie stats got better.) It’s so hard to get admitted into the Hall of Fame as a goalie now, but when Ed Giacomin was inducted, it seems like it was less hard.
Giacomin has good traditional stats, such as wins. And it’s arguable he was the
Most Valuable Goalie in the league for four seasons.
But he was
never the best goalie in the league by Save Percentage, Goals Saved Above Average or even GAA – that Vezina is for total Goals Against – and his peak only lasted about four years. The rest of his regular season career is not outstanding (especially as he got older).
Additionally, his playoff numbers aren’t great.
So does Ed Giacomin actually belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Listen to us discuss it here:
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Brad Park was always a bridesmaid – few people have been nominated so many times for major awards and never won one. In addition, Park was in three Stanley Cup finals and never won.
So Brad Park had some bad luck. And it’s possible that he was the second best defenseman of his era – at least based on Norris trophy nominations.
So, where does Brad Park rank all time?
Listen to us talk about Brad Park’s Hall of Fame career here:
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Darryl Sittler has a claim to be the Greatest Toronto Maple Leaf of All Time, as the former franchise record holder for Points, among other things. And though he was never clearly the best player in the league, he was one of the better ones for over half a decade, and a consistent offensive performer much longer.
Does his lack of NHL playoff success hurt him?
In this episode, we discuss whether or not Darryl Sittler belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame:
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led the playoffs in Goals twice. So, as the second old timer inducted by the Veteran’s Committee, it makes some sense he was admitted to the Hall of Fame.
But did he do enough else to really belong? He was never really a regular season star.
In this episode, we discuss Herbie Lewis’ Hockey Hall of Fame case:
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Marcel Dionne’s regular season numbers are absolutely incredible, yet he’s rarely talked about as among the greatest forwards or even centres of all time.
Why is that?
Well, a lot has to do with his playoff numbers, which are, um, awful.
Listen to us talk about Marcel Dionne’s Hall of Fame career and where he ranks All Time:
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Harry Watson won five Cups. And, uh, he was on some leader-boards when he retired in 1957. And, um, he was a pretty good scorer a couple of times.
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This, it appears, was enough to get him inducted into the Hall of Fame nearly 40 years after he retired.
Listen to us discuss Harry Watson’s Hockey Hall of Fame case here:
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Borje Salming was arguably the first European-trained (as opposed to European-born) NHL star. And for 6 years in a row he made the end of season All Star Team (though usually as a 2nd Team All Star).
But what about his lack of team success?
Does Salming still belong in the Hall of Fame? Listen to us discuss his case here:
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Roy Conacher scored the second most goals of his era, behind only Maurice Richard. And he also won an Art Ross.
But it took the Hall of fame decades to induct him, and he wasn’t inducted until the late 1990s.
In this episode, we discuss Roy Conacher’s case for the Hall of Fame. Listen here:
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Brad Richards has a Conn Smythe, two Cups, a World Cup and had a couple pretty good regular seasons.
But his regular season numbers are pretty inconsistent. And he was never considered one of the top players in the league.
So, does he belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Listen to us talk about him here:
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