Ten players who deserve to be in the HHoF
By DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency
1. Paul Henderson
The man who scored the most iconic goal in Canadian history should be in the Hall. Period.
2. Adam Oates
Sits 16th in NHL career scoring with 1,425 points. Every eligible player in the top 15 is already there. Why not Oates?
3. Doug Gilmour
Another with more than 1,400 points, Gilmour is 17th on the scoring list.
4. Dave Andreychuk
Not the most graceful on the ice, Andy scored 640 goals. And not all of them went off his butt. He’s not eligible till 2011, though.
5. Bernie Nicholls
One of eight players in NHL history to score 70 goals in a season, Nicholls toiled in obscurity in Los Angeles for much of his career.
6. Ed Belfour
The Eagle should be inducted when he becomes eligible in 2013. Third in career wins (484), behind Hall of Famer Patrick Roy and still active Martin Brodeur.
7. Pat Burns
Three-time coach of the year, who might not live until the 2011 induction ceremony, is a sentimental choice. Deal with it.
8. Chris Chelios
Not eligible until 2015, Chelly should get in based on his longevity. And the fact he was a damn good D-man (three Norris trophies) for most of his 27-year career.
9. Phil Housley
Is fourth on the list of top-scoring defencemen in NHL history. The top three are all in the Hall, as is Larry Murphy, who’s fifth. Housley should be next.
10. Joe Nieuwendyk
With 550-plus goals and more than 1,100 points, the three-time Stanley Cup-winner should be enshrined alongside Mike Bossy (573 goals) and Guy Lafleur (560 goals).