This week the Hockey Hall of Fame will announce this year’s inductees. The names you should know are Claude Provost, Ralph Backstrom, Bob Baun, Larry Hillman and Jean-Guy Talbot. They are the only remaining players from the 1960s Habs and Leafs teams who are not in Hockey’s Hall.
I’m kidding, but only a little. When the Hockey Hall of Fame announces their inductees I’m completely confident that players like Mark Howe, Rogie Vachon and Dino Ciccarelli will be passed over.
Glenn Anderson will certainly get in, which is cool because he’s an Oiler. Kevin Lowe’s 6 Stanley’s will eventually get him in the Hall too but that will be later in life.
Since there is no real rhyme or reason to the selection process it’s always fun to see which former Maple Leaf or Canadien from the 1960s will get in. I’m picking Provost this year, but Hillman won 6 Stanley’s so he could get in too.
Among players that began their careers after Toronto had 20 HOFers each season, my guess is that Doug Gilmour and Anderson get in.
So, that’s Anderson, Gilmour, and Provost for the Hall of Fame. Mark Howe? Never won a Stanley, couldn’t have been that good.