Hockey Hall of Fame Snubs
As of Wednesday, June 24, hockey fans across the globe saw Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, Kim St. Pierre, and Ken Holland all inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. But there were some names left off that list that the Puck Talk Live boys think should have been there.
Noah’s snub: Daniel Alfredsson
Alfredsson was a key part of the Senators’ organization for many years. He put up 1,157 points, including 444 goals and 713 assists in 1,246 games over his 18 years career. 17 of those years were spent in Ottawa, where he is regarded by most as the best player to ever wear a Senators sweater. His hardware is quite impressive: a Calder win in his rookie season, 11 All-Star game appearances, 7 Selke wins (5 of those were in consecutive years), and 4 Hart trophies. While he never won a Stanley Cup, this legend’s impact on the ice cannot be understated. As a younger player, he was electrifying on the ice - he had 9 seasons in a row where he had 70 or more points. As he grew older, his leadership and experience allowed younger players, including Erik Karlsson, to learn from him and improve their own play. While this year was disappointing for Alfredsson, I believe he should be one of the first players considered for next year’s nominations.
Alfredsson wore the “C” on his Ottawa jersey for many years, and it was well deserved. Photo: NHL.com
Logan’s snub: Alexander Mogilny
Mogilny is one of the greatest Russian born players to play in the NHL. Photo: thehockeywriters.com
There are two things to consider when inducting someone into The Hall: the player’s skill or contributions to the game, and whether they were influential in changing the way the game was played, talked about, and spread. Alexander Mogilny fills all of those characteristics perfectly. Born in the Soviet Union, Mogilny was one of the sole reasons the big wave of Russian and European talent came over to North America in the 90s. Without his success in Buffalo, players like Pavel Bure, Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, and a handful of other Soviet players would not have traveled to play in the NHL. Besides being a pioneer for the game, he was also one of the greatest Russians to ever lace them up. In his 990 games played he scored 473 goals and 559 assists for 1032 points in his career. He won a Stanley Cup with the 2000 New Jersey Devils, adding to his Hall of Fame pedigree. If Mogilny isn’t nominated into the Hall of Fame in the next few seasons, it will be one of the biggest snub-runs the voting committee has ever been on.
Raffi’s snub: Theoren Fleury
At only 5 feet and 6 inches, Theo Fleury when he played back in the late 80s until the early 2000s, he proved in a big body league that smaller bodies can still have a successful career and have an impact on the score sheet points wise and even physicality wise throughout his career. In his 15 years in the NHL with the Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, and Colorado Avalanche, Fleury had 1,084 games under his belt, and had just over a point per game in his career with 1,088. He also was super physical, racking up 1,840 penalty minutes and plenty of hits. It’s been about 15 years since he was able to be elected into the hockey hall of fame, and one can only wonder how much longer he’ll have to wait until he gets the call to join other hockey greats in the hall. I would be shocked if he isn’t selected either next year or the year after. As mentioned earlier, he changed the ideology that you have to be a bigger body to have success in the NHL and a big reason why smaller players like Alex Debrincat, Brad Marchand, and Jonathan Gaudreau were given great chances to be of value to their teams was largely thanks to how Theo Fleury changed the size narrative over a decade before them.