How Many Players Are In The Hockey Hall Of Fame? [Facts!]

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The Hockey Hall of Fame has always been a source of great debate among hockey fans. Some people believe that only the greatest of all-time should be enshrined within the Hall, while others think that anyone who has ever played the game should be eligible to enter. The controversy surrounding the topic of who should be allowed to play in the Hall has never been more apparent than it is now, with many past and present NHL legends waiting in the wings to be enshrined.

With the upcoming 2020 NHL season set to begin, now is the perfect time to discuss which players should be allowed into the Hall of Fame, and how many spots there should be available for each position.

Goalie: Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden & Jacques Plante

The debate surrounding the goaltender position is one that has been talked about for as long as hockey has been played. For decades, starting with the legendary Ken Dryden, the question of who should be allowed to play the position has been asked, and debated, at any number of Hall of Fame ceremonies. Finally, in 2020, the debate will come to an end, as the legend that is Patrick Roy awaits induction into the Hall of Fame.

Rumors have swirled around for months that the Montreal Canadiens legend would be among the first in line for induction, along with Ken Dryden and Jacques Plante. After taking a bit of a break from hockey due to retirement, age, and health concerns, Patrick Roy returned to the ice in 2019 for a final season in the NHL. He led the league in goals-against-average with a 2.14 mark, while also managing to log a career-high 28 victories. The only thing standing in the way of Patrick Roy becoming the first goaltender to be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame is if the NHL chooses to forbid the use of goal-line technology in the future.

Defensemen: George Ferguson, Bill Fairbairn & Yvan Couture

The next group of players up for debate are the defensemen. For decades, the question of who should be allowed to play the position has been asked, and debated, at any number of Hall of Fame ceremonies, culminating in 2020 with the induction of George Ferguson, Bill Fairbairn, and Yvan Couture.

George Ferguson was one of the great goal-scoring defensemen of all time. The Great Falls, Montana, native scored a remarkable 407 goals in his 16-year career. During his time in the NHL, Ferguson averaged a goal per game, with 68 scores in just 66 games in 1919-20. He was an integral part of the Chicago Black Hawks championship teams of the early 1920s, known as the Harlem Globetrotters of the hockey world. While some credit Ferguson’s incredible offensive output to his being a one-man-army, the truth is that he was one of the best defensemen of all time because he knew how to make plays and get the puck up the ice for his teammates. He retired after the 1925-26 season and came out of retirement to play one more season in 1927-28 before hanging up his skates for good.

Bill Fairbairn was another great one-for-one defenseman during his time in the NHL. The Victoria, British Columbia native spent nearly his entire 16-year career with the Boston Bruins, totaling 15 seasons and 562 games. Fairbairn scored 111 goals and added 288 assists for 391 points, while winning several Stanley Cup championships. He was a true inspiration to all the other Bruins defenders, and his leadership and excellent play in the 1938-39 season (10 goals, 18 assists) earned him the nickname “Super-Bill.” He was the last defenseman to be so designated.

The final member of the great Boston defense corps is Yvan Couture, a legendary French-Canadian defender who spent 15 seasons in the NHL from 1929 to 1943, compiling a record of 129 goals and 272 assists for 401 points and 783 penalty minutes. After his playing career ended, Couture coached several teams in the NHL, winning a record four Stanley Cups with the Bruins. He also served as an assistant coach for Canada in the 1962 World Cup of Hockey, where he coached future Hockey Hall of Famer Toe Blake, who he famously slapped in the face during a practice in the finals.

Left Wingers: Harry Cameron, Eddie Powers & Woody Dumart

Left wingers are next up on the debate, beginning with one of the greatest of all-time, Harry Cameron. The Hamilton, Ontario, native played his entire 16-year career with the New York Rangers, totaling 967 games and 410 goals. He was a member of three Stanley Cup-winning teams, and his speed, skill, and hustle on the ice made him an integral part of the Rangers’ championship-winning formula. He remains the franchise’s all-time leader in playoff goals, with 116. Only two players have more goals in the postseason than Cameron: Joe Louis and Gordie Howe. As if that weren’t enough, Cameron also holds the record for the longest hat-trick in NHL history, scoring three goals in the first period of a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 5th, 1937.

The following year, 1940, marked the beginning of the great dual-coach era in NHL history. The Boston Bruins hired Scotty Bowman away from the Toronto Maple Leafs, and they hired a 22-year-old unknown named Joe Louis to be their new coach. The rest, as they say, is history. Since then, the position of left winger has been the subject of much debate, with many believing that only the greatest of all-time should be allowed to play the position. Other fans feel that anyone who has ever played the game should be allowed to go into the Hall of Fame. It should come as no surprise that many of hockey‘s greatest minds have gotten involved in this debate, as it has been going on for as long as the game has been played.

Eddie Powers, the first overall pick in the 1931 NHL Draft, spent 16 years of his career withe Montreal Canadiens. The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native played 838 games, registering 351 goals, 241 assists, and 392 points, as well as winning four Stanley Cups. While somewhat of a one-dimensional player, Powers’ excellent passing and ability to find open teammates with accurate passes made him one of the great playmakers of all time.

The last member of the wing debate is Woody Dumart, who had a 19-year career in the NHL. He started his career with the New York Rangers before playing for the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Black Hawks, and Detroit Red Wings. The Windsor, Ontario, native spent his final season in the NHL with the Montreal Jr. Canadiens in the summer of 1945. In total, Dumart played 929 games, scoring 316 goals and registering 610 points. He was also a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Dumart’s offensive prowess earned him the nickname “The Human Airplane,” as he could fly down the ice with the puck on his stick.

Central Midfielders: Babe Dye, Max Bentley & Earl Armstrong

As mentioned above, Patrick Roy has long been expected to be among the first in-line for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. However, the Montreal Canadiens legend won’t be the only player up for debate surrounding the position of central midfielder. The debate will also include the induction of several other players.

The first is Babe Dye, the former Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens star who spent 13 season in the NHL from 1921 to 1934, scoring 492 goals and adding 732 assists for 1.234 points per game. Dye is widely considered to be one of the five greatest players of all time. While he spent most of his career with the Boston Bruins, Dye was part of the “Founding Five,” a group of NHL stars that included Joe Louis, Bobby Orr, and Sid Mercer, who played for the Chicago Black Hawks in the 1940s. They are considered to be the first generation of superstitions in hockey.

Babe Dye’s brother Max also had an outstanding career as a hockey player, spending 16 years in the NHL with the Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, and Boston Bruins. He scored 254 goals and added 397 assists for a total of 751 points in 831 games, as well as winning another Stanley Cup in Boston in 1934. In addition to playing for some of the greatest teams in history, Max also had the unique distinction of being the only NHL player to win a gold medal in the 1932 and 1936 Olympics.

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