Hockey Hall of Fame: 5 Notable Snubs

Hockey Hall of Fame: 5 Notable Snubs

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Tom Szczerbowski-US Presswire

With the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame class announced, there are still big names eligible that are waiting on the call from the Hall. Given the differing standard by each voter and the multitude of players worthy, the logjam may not clear any time soon. The following players have been eligible for a while and meet the criteria of other Hall members.

5. Theo Fleury

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5. Theo Fleury

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Theo Fleury was a pint sized, but tenacious forward who was as gifted offensively as any player of his illustrious era. Fleury won a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989 as a fresh-faced 20 year old and recorded 455 goals over his 14 years in the NHL. With his history of substance abuse behind him, Fleury taking his rightful place in hockey immortality would be the perfect cap to his amazing life story.

4. Eric Lindros

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4. Eric Lindros

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Eric Lindros’ NHL career was mired in controversy and marred with injuries, but when he was healthy, there were few players as dominant, ever. His 6-foot-4, 240 pound frame protected the puck as his craftiness and vision matched that of players much smaller than him. His 1995 Hart Trophy for League MVP and 865 points in a mere 760 career games should be more than enough for No. 88.

3. Jeremy Roenick

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3. Jeremy Roenick

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Younger fans know Jeremy Roenick as the outspoken TV analyst/sparring partner with Mike Milbury. However, the Marshfield, MA native was one of the best players of his era, as his tenacity and goal scoring ability allowed him to score 513 goals and accumulate 1,463 penalty minutes. His lifelong outspokenness may rub some voters the wrong way, but there’s no denying that his impact on the game was large enough to warrant Hall of Fame induction.

2. Phil Housley

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2. Phil Housley

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The Minnesota native went right from South Saint Paul High School to the NHL, where he played for eight teams over 21 seasons. His 1,232 points is fourth all time among defensemen, and while defense wasn’t exactly his calling card, it wasn’t current Hall of Famer Paul Coffey’s either. His longevity and offensive productivity should make him a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame.

1. Dave Andreychuk

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1. Dave Andreychuk

Dave Andreychuk Tampa bay Lightning
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Housley’s former teammate in Buffalo, few players were as deadly on the power play as Dave Andreychuk, as evidenced by his 274 power play goals -- most in NHL history. Andreychuk played 24 years in the NHL, netted 640 goals, and captained the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning to the team’s and his first/only Stanley Cup. Few players played as long and with as much class as No. 25, and it is about time the voters recognize this.

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  • Truth

    What is it with you people and Mark Recchi..His numbers are amazing and they dont even tell the whole story.