Today was the announcement of the new inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Or at least, the Hockey Hall of Very Good. The past few years, well, let's say the bar has been lowered to a more pc level. Or maybe little league level. You know, everyone gets a turn and a participation trophy at the end.....
But enough about that. Let's see who got in.
Nicklas Lidstrom - Defence - Detroit Red Wings
Nick played his entire 20 year career with the Wings. A slam dunk no brainer for the Hall, he finished with 1564 GP 264 G 878 A 1142 PTS +450. Four Stanley Cups, seven Norris trophies, 1 Conn Smythe trophy and thirteen All Star teams.
The best defenceman since Larry Robinson retired. Period.
Sergei Fedorov - Right Wing - Detroit Red Wings
(also played for Anaheim, Columbus and Washington)
Another no brainer.
Phil Housley - Defence -Buffalo Sabres
(he also played for the Flames, Jets, Black Hawks, Capitals, Devils, Blues and of course, Toronto)
Phil played 21 seasons, 1495 GP 338 G 894 A 1232 PTS and a -53. Two All star games.
No Cups. No Norris. No trophies of any kind.
Not really sure why he got voted in.
Chris Pronger - St Louis Blues
(also played for the Whalers, Oilers, Ducks, Flyers, Coyotes???)
This is everything that is wrong with the NHL all wrapped up into one. An active, but injured player who hasn't laced up the skates in three years gets traded on Sunday and elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday.
But I've said it before. If you want to be elected to the Hall, just go work for the NHL head office. The good ole boys club will put you in.
Angela Ruggiero - U.S.A. National team.
Click on her name to go to her website and learn more about her.
So there you have it.
Thumbs Up - Lidstrom, Fedorov, Ruggiero
Thumbs Down - Housley
The Big Raspberry - Pronger
What say you?