Edmonton Oilers president Kevin Lowe is happy that Glenn Anderson is finally in the Hockey Hall of Fame. But there are a lot of players who had great careers that have not been enshrined yet.
Who do you feel have been snubbed by the Hall's selection committee? Have your say in our forum.
Honour too long coming
Keep in mind that Henderson scored, not only that fateful goal that forever etched him in the Canadian psyche, but the two previous game winning goals.
Sure it could be argued that someone else might have scored those goals, but the point is, they didn't. Henderson did.
Considering that Vladislav Tretiak never played a single game in the NHL and, if not for the 1972 Summit Series may never have been heard of outside of the Soviet Union, is himself a member of the vaunted HHOF... well, words fail me.
Do I think Tretiak deserves to be in the HHOF? Of course! Once Team Canada woke up, if not for Tretiak, the games in Russia may well have been a forgone conclusion.
So, it seems to me that if Paul Henderson had only ever played in the 1972 Summit Series then his induction into these hallowed halls may well have been a foregone conclusion.
His NHL career, a journeyman effort if ever there was one, seems to be the sole reason that Henderson is not a member of the HHOF.
Do the right thing. Induct a true national hero and a ture embasadore for the game we all love so much.
Stephen, 2008-11-11 12:49:40
Henderson may have been a journeyman player during his NHL career but his exploits in the Summit series, scoring the winning goal in each of the last three games, isn't that what sports is all about? The average guy suddenly being the hero? "The goal" was a broken play with a defensive breakdown, a guy who had just fallen out of position, getting back up and finding himself in front of the net alone with the puck. Is there any more definitive moment and how many of us would react under that circumstance?
Admittedly a HHOF shouldn't be just about Canada, but to us this moment in time was our Vimy Ridge. In the hockey universe it was the equivalent of discovering life on other planets. Internationally it opened up the world of hockey and deserves special notice with Henderson being the punctuation at the end.
Rick W., 2008-11-11 09:59:13
Note that women's hockey is now at the pioneer stage and most of the women playing for Canada and the US should eventually find their way in.
The grey area comes after that. What seperates a fan favourite from a playoff hero from a hockey icon? Guys like Wendel Clark are and will always be fan favourites in TO, so should he be in? Henderson scored the most historic goal ever, should he be in? You don't know hockey in the '90s if you don't know the story of Lindros, should he be in?
My opinion is that all of them should be. I think the HOF should be an inclusive celebration of the best and should not be limited like baseball, where there are more good players not in the HOF than in. I don't think the Ciccarelli or Turgeon or others should be penalized because they happened to play in an era where Gretzky et al were around and in cities that didn't manage to land a cup.
Rick W., 2008-11-11 09:51:16