On Monday, the NHL announced their Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Pat Quinn, and Rogie Vachon.
Notable players not entering the Hall in 2016… Paul Kariya, Jeremy Roenick, Mark Recchi, Dave Andreychuck, and Curtis Joseph. You can make an argument for all of these players and even some players not mentioned. But let’s focus on two players in particular to highlight the inconsistencies with the voting committee. Jeremy Roenick and Mark Recchi.
The Breakdown (games played-goals-assists-points)
9 All-Star Games
2x 50-goal scorer
7 All-Star Games
3x Stanley Cup Champion
So what does it actually take to get the nod? The argument against Roenick is that he’s never won any individual awards nor has he ever hoisted the Cup over his head. Two strikes. But let’s give credit where credit is due. Roenick is one of the greatest American-born hockey players to lace ‘em up, he’s scored over 500 goals, and amassed close to 1,400 total points. That’s a nice resume, but not good enough according to voters.
The argument against Recchi is an odd one. He has the team hardware – three Stanley Cup Championships, but no individual awards. The knock on Recchi? He was a stat-compiler. Huh? That’s right, Recchi’s eye-popping career numbers are attributed to the fact that he played 22 seasons in the NHL. As if playing 22 seasons is the norm. Consistency kept him in the league that long and consistency allowed him to amass over 1,500 total points. Again, seems like a nice resume, but not good enough according to voters.
So, what exactly is the formula? I’d love to be a fly on the wall during the voting process.