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

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When you think of hockey, the first faces that probably pop up in your head are the legends of the sport. The biggest names that will always be associated with hockey are probably the players that are already in the Hockey Hall of Fame. However, there are still players that have been playing for a long time and haven’t yet been enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Is it possible to predict how many players will end up in the Hockey Hall of Fame? It’s interesting to note that while many of the greatest players of all time are in the Hockey Hall of Fame, not all of them made it there. There are currently 763 players that have been enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The following article will go over how many players are in the Hockey Hall of Fame and which ones deserve to be there.

The Number Of Players In The Hockey Hall Of Fame

It’s been almost a century since the first Winter Olympic Games were held in Sweden and Finland in 1917. Since then, the games have been held every four years and it is now common for hockey to be played throughout the whole winter. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) was established in 1924 and works to govern the sport globally. In 2016, over 110 countries were affiliated to the IIHF and there are now over 500 million annual hockey fans globally. With so much international interest in the sport, the Hockey Hall of Fame has started to receive an increasing number of international inductees.

The following chart breaks down how many players from each country have been enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Canada Has The Most Players In The Hall Of Fame With 125 Inductees, While The United States Of America Has Fewest With 37 Inductees

It’s interesting to see that while Canada has always been considered the home of hockey, it wasn’t until this year that Canada actually had the most players in the Hall of Fame. This is mainly thanks to the IIHF’s expansion in 1996, which allowed for more teams to compete for honours. Since 2011, the IIHF has also allowed for more international inductees to the Hall of Fame. This began with the IIHF changing its eligibility rules so that any player that had played at least 25 years of hockey could be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Additionally, each country is limited to only two players per year, which has opened the door for more Canadian and international players to be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The IIHF has also changed its rules so that players that come from former Soviet republics can now be considered for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.

If you’re from the United States of America and you play hockey, you’ll probably get pretty jealous of all the Canadians that are currently in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Not too long ago, being from the U.S. meant that your chance of ever making it to the Hockey Hall of Fame was pretty much nonexistent. Since 2011, however, the IIHF has started to recognize the contributions of American players and have indeed started to enshrine some of them in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The following chart shows the number of American players that have been enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Most Prominent Players That Are Enshrined In The Hall Of Fame

Just like with any other sport, the greatness of a hockey player is determined by how long they played the sport and how successful they were while playing. The following chart lists the top 20 players based on two criteria (length of time played and number of career victories).

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