The wait is finally over for Igor Larionov and Glenn Anderson.
The Russian centre and the former Edmonton Oilers sniper were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday along with former linesman Ray Scapinello and builder Ed Chynoweth.
Many were surprised that Larionov was passed over after first becoming eligible last year. Anderson has waited since 1999 and had to watch as 23 players entered the Hall since he was first able to gain election.
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Is the 2008 Hockey Hall of Fame list of inductees a weak one?
Sure, he was a good player, but what are you going to do - induct half the Montreal team from the Seventies just because they won 4 cups in a row.
The HHOF should be reserved for the very best.
Doug Gilmour was a much better player and was perhaps the top player in the league for a season.
Gilmour should already be in the Hall.
gordholio, 2008-06-20 15:14:40
The Oilers may well not have won any Cups without Anderson on the team, or have you even looked at his career playoff stats? One of the all-time great playoff performers, and unlike Claude Lemieux he didnt have to be cheap to do it. Anderson should have been inducted years ago and I suspect it was a certain off-ice incident that delayed it for so long.
Oh and Vince, Jacques Lemaire? lol. All the deserving players from those 70's Canadiens teams have been inducted already, and Anderson was the last 80's Oiler missing from the Hall.
Norbit, 2008-06-19 22:34:48
I pretty well don't put much stock into the various Sportsí whole Halls of Fame importance. It may undoubtedly be very important for the players but it definitely is not a big deal for me.
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-06-19 13:26:21
Glen Anderson - 1000+ point, 6-time Stanley winner who in the words of Gretzky was the ultimate pressure playoff performer only behind Rocket Richard. Because media voters couldn't separate Anderson the player from Anderson the person, he waited far too long to get inducted.
And with Larionov's entry he is 3 time cup winner with 2 gold medals, 6 world championships and a Canada Cup. Plus he was a pioneer of talent coming from Russia to play in N. America.
Scapinello never missed an assignment as a linesman (3000+ games) and Ed Chynoweth built the Western League up to the level it is today.
I'd say it's a very strong field and certainly much stronger than it has been in other years in the last decade.
GEOFF, 2008-06-17 23:43:53