Sometimes we make assumptions in the midst of a good player’s career. One of those assumptions is that we project that they will be a sure-thing to get into the “Hall-of-Fame”, as though it was a slam-dunk that all guys having nice careers almost automatically make it.
What about Bernie Federko, the fine
forward in the 1980s? He’s in but some, like me, think he should be in there with the really, really good, but not Hall-of Fame level players. (That said, I would have been more than happy had he played with the Maple Leafs in his hey-day.) St. Louis
It’s more, for me, than just about regular-season stats, though “numbers” are important, I realize.
So before long, (2014?) Mats Sundin will be eligible. We just heard that MLSE will honor the long-time captain with a night next season. But what about the bigger and more significant honor—the Hall-of-Fame?
we’re still waiting, as I mentioned above, for Gilmour to get the call. And Doug had an excellent career, including that Cup in 1989 with Toronto . Though his pure numbers aren’t startling, we all know he was a gritty player who would do just about anything to try to win. For a couple of years in Calgary , he may have been, if not the best, certainly the most valuable player in the game—a leader by sheer force of will. Toronto
But is that enough to make him Hall-worthy? For me, his entire body of work makes him worthy, not just his good play in
. (Click here to read my earlier assessment of how the careers and Steve Yzerman and Gilmour have seemingly gone in different directions and are looked at differently.) Toronto
Yzerman got into the Hall-of-Fame right away. He played his entire career with one team and is now the GM in Tampa. Doug played on half a dozen or so teams. (He's now coaching in junior hockey.) Is that why he’s waiting?