Monday, June 29, 2015

your Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2015 inductees.

Today was the announcement of the new inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Or at least, the Hockey Hall of Very Good. The past few years, well, let's say the bar has been lowered to a more pc level. Or maybe little league level. You know, everyone gets a turn and a participation trophy at the end.....
But enough about that. Let's see who got in.
Nicklas Lidstrom - Defence  - Detroit Red Wings
Nick played his entire 20 year career with the Wings. A slam dunk no brainer for the Hall, he finished with 1564 GP  264 G  878 A  1142 PTS  +450.  Four Stanley Cups, seven Norris trophies, 1 Conn Smythe trophy and thirteen All Star teams.
The best defenceman since Larry Robinson retired. Period.
Sergei Fedorov - Right Wing  - Detroit Red Wings
(also played for Anaheim, Columbus and Washington) 
 Sergei played 18 years and 908 GP. He had 400 G  554 A  954 PTS and a +276   Add in three Stanley Cups, six All Stars, two Selke, one Hart and one Ted Lindsay award.
Another no brainer.

Phil Housley - Defence  -Buffalo Sabres
(he also played for the Flames, Jets, Black Hawks, Capitals, Devils, Blues and of course, Toronto)
 here is where the water gets murky.
Phil played 21 seasons, 1495 GP  338 G  894 A  1232 PTS  and a -53. Two All star games.
No Cups. No Norris. No trophies of any kind.
Not really sure why he got voted in.

Chris Pronger - St Louis Blues
(also played for the Whalers, Oilers, Ducks, Flyers, Coyotes???)
 Chris has played 18 years and counting. I say counting, because he is still an active player. Who by the way got traded to the Arizona Coyotes yesterday. And he's now in the Hall of Fame.
This is everything that is wrong with the NHL all wrapped up into one. An active, but injured player who hasn't laced up the skates in three years gets traded on Sunday and elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday.
But I've said it before. If you want to be elected to the Hall, just go work for the NHL head office. The good ole boys club will put you in.

Angela Ruggiero - U.S.A. National team.
I can't find any of Angela's cards in any of my boxes right now, let alone here rookie, so settle for a promo shot instead. I think her RC is from '01/02.... but I could be wrong.
Click on her name to go to her website and learn more about her.

So there you have it.
Thumbs Up - Lidstrom, Fedorov, Ruggiero
Thumbs Down - Housley
The Big Raspberry - Pronger

What say you?


  1. Good god, Phil Housley?!?!?!?! The HHOF is officially meaningless. In what world does Phil Housley get talked about in the same breath as Maurce Richard or Bobby Orr? Did anyone ever pay money to specifically see Phil Housley? Was he ever the best player on his team, let alone position?


  2. Glad to see both Lidstrom and Fedorov get in. Hated both of these guys during the 90's, because they were always beating up my Sharks. But in the end... they had amazing careers. Man... didn't realize Pronger was still active. Hadn't heard his name in years. Always admired him as well and even though the HHOF screwed the pooch on their premature induction... he would have been there eventually.

  3. Seriously? Housley? So there is hope for Bob Nevin yet!