Another Howe for the Hall

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.

Almost.
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.
Again.
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.

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6 Responses to "Another Howe for the Hall"

  1. HBomb says:

    I seriously wonder if the HHOF is having trouble getting past the whole WHA thing.

    Mark Howe should be there. But you know who else, as a builder, needs to get the nod at some point?

    Wild Bill Hunter.

    The fact that Anderson has gone this long without getting elected is a farce. If they pass on him again, it will be the biggest joke since Jason Blake beat out Fernando Pisani for the Masterton.

  2. HBomb says:

    Oh yeah, and I think Mark Howe can be added to the Larry Murphy/Scott Stevens list.

    As in, HHOF quality defensemen who never won the fuckin’ Norris trophy. Next guy going to that list? Sergei Zubov. Book it.

  3. Doogie says:

    Wild Bill Hunter

    He belongs in there, but he will never get in there. Men who try to buy the St. Louis Blues and move them to Saskatoon don’t get elected into the HHOF.

  4. Art Vandelay says:

    How different would Hall composition be if voting was in the hands of a Veteran’s Committee instead of grudge-carrying pencil-necks in the media?

    Anderson should have been in years ago. Even if he is a dick-head.

  5. Lowetide says:

    Art: The HHOF is in the hands of a committee, with former Leaf GM Jim Gregory as the chair.

    You probably know this, but wanted to set the record straight.

  6. Bruce says:

    So, that’s Anderson, Gilmour, and Provost for the Hall of Fame. Mark Howe? Never won a Stanley, couldn’t have been that good.

    And unlike Anderson, Gilmour, and Provost, he never played for the Leafs OR the Habs. Gilmour played for both, so he’s a lock.

    Howe should be in there, but this committee not only doesn’t so much under-value WHA performance as anti-value it. Howe had five excellent seasons as a LW in the WHA (winning a couple of Avco Cups) and three more with the NHL Whalers before making a remarkable conversion into one of the league’s very best defencemen. Wound up his career +400.

    Glenn Anderson will certainly get in, which is cool because he’s an Oiler.

    I wish I shared your confidence that Anderson is a certainty this year; to me his career should have made him a certainty in his first couple of years of eligibility and it hasn’t worked out that way. There’s a few guys on the committee who persist in not voting for him … are they going to suddenly change their mind 10 years later?

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