Bert Olmstead was one of the premier passing wingers of his era, leading both the regular season and playoffs in assists two times. He also won five Stanley Cups.
But his playoff numbers are significantly worse than his regular season numbers, despite the Cups. And he never made a end of season 1st Team in a league with only 6 franchises.
So, does Bert Olmstead belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Listen to us discuss here:
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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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Bill Barber had one excellent regular season, led one playoff in Goals, won 2 Cups and went to four Finals.
But, other than that, his career was not amazing.
Unless you compare him to other Left Wings.
So, is Bill Barber one of the Greatest Left Wings of All Time? And does that make him Hall of Fame worthy?
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Bob Pulford is in the Hockey Hall of Fame. If you’re a Leafs fan, like one of us, you probably never asked “why?”
led the playoffs in assists when the Leafs last one a Stanley Cup. He also led the league in Short-Handed goals three times. That’s basically his case.
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Bob Gainey does not have your conventional Hockey Hall of Fame case, his offensive numbers are worse than a defensive defenceman. (Of the NHL players who are +200 for their career, Gainey has the lowest PPG of any forward.)
But, as legend has it, the Selke Trophy was
invented for Bob Gainey. Until Bergeron won his most recent Selke, nobody had as many Selkes as Gainey. And then he has that Conn Smythe too.
In this episode, we talk about Bob Gainey’s Hall of Fame case:
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Woody Dumart was a member of the famed Kraut Line. He won 2 Stanley Cups as a member of the Bruins.
But that’s basically it. He had one very good offensive season and the only reason he may have been inducted is he played a very long time.
Why is Woody Dumart in the Hockey Hall of Fame? We discuss here:
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5 Cups, scored 60 goals, Steve Shutt probably belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame, right?
Well, Shutt probably wasn’t as good as you remember: not a point-per-game player and all his best years came playing with Guy Lafleur.
So, does Steve Shutt actually belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
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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.
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Frederick “Bun” Cook, Bill Cook’s younger brother, does not have his brother’s stats or achievements.
But he does has some periodic individual success. And he may have had a hand in inventing both the slap-shot and the drop-pass.
So, does Bun Cook belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
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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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