Jim Gregory and Pat Quinn (co-chairs), Scotty Bowman, David Branch, Colin Campbell, John Davidson, Eric Duhatschek, Jan-Ake Edvinsson, Mike Emrick, Michael Farber, Mike Gartner, Dick Irvin, Lanny McDonald, Yvon Pedneault, Serge Savard, Harry Sinden, Peter Stastny and Bill Torrey.

Pat Quinn

Former NHL head coach Pat Quinn serves as the co-chair of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee

If you are a hockey fan, you will recognize almost every one of those names. And you should, because they are the 18 guys who decide eternal enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame. They’re all sharp guys. They’re all experienced hockey people. So how did they screw up this year’s inductees so badly? (more…)

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Eric Lindros

Eric Lindros recorded 865 points in his 760-game NHL career with the Flyers, Rangers, Maple Leafs and Stars

Eric Lindros does not, under any circumstance, belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Oh, he had a ton of talent. A truckload of physical strength and ability. And about a shot glass worth of smarts, intelligence and common sense. He provided a small handful of exciting moments to fans of the game. But he never, ever did anything of any magnitude that earned him even the briefest consideration for the Hall. And I’ll be staggered if the 18-man selection committee puts him in the Hall on Tuesday. (more…)

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Put Pat Burns in the HHOF…Now!

Pat Burns as Bruins' head coach

Pat Burns as Bruins' head coach

So, there’s a movement on Facebook to have former NHL coach Pat Burns, about to turn 58 and who is gravely ill with lung cancer, fast-tracked into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

When informed of this, my better half said, “That’s disgusting.”

How, exactly is that “disgusting?”

Clearly, what she meant is that it shouldn’t take a life-threatening illness to kick-start a HHOF induction campaign. Sometimes it does. (more…)

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