Second Hall of Fame ballot listed

A second class of nominee candidates has been announced for the EURO Hockey League Hall of Fame

Two seasons ago, three players and a “builder” were the first four people voted into the Hall of Fame. Nicklas Lidstrom, Teemu Selanne and Zdeno Chara have taken their eternal places in the league’s Hall of Fame in Austria. Chuck Massaro, league founder and commissioner, joined them.

To gain entry to the EURO Hall of Fame ( https://eurohockeyleague.wordpress.com/hall-of-fame/ ) a player will have to earn a certain number of points, so there could be years in which no one is voted in and that’s not a bad thing because there are still many great players like Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Quick and Evgeny Malkin who are still playing and will surely make it into the Hall of Fame.

I took the results of the last vote and eliminated players who scored below 5 in our voting. My thinking is if they scored that low, they probably will never make it into the Hall. Eliminated from future voting were Mark Streit, Mike Weaver, Matt Gilroy, Sheldon Souray, Willie Mitchell, Adrian Aucoin and Bryce Salvador.

Eleven players who retired over the last two seasons were added to the second Hall of Fame ballot and only three of them ever appeared in a EURO All-Star game. It’s not a very strong class, in my opinion.

Voting will be done by individual Websim messages or e-mails from each General Manager to the Commissioner (buffalolean@gmail.com). The deadline will be Dec. 31.

To vote, copy the list below and place a numerical value next to the name, ranging from 10 to 1, with 10 being “Should Definitely be in” to 1 “Shouldn’t have even been nominated.” I think the superstars like Crosby, Jagr, etc. should get extra consideration just for being who they are. I would encourage you GMs to think of their NHL history and give – or take away – some points accordingly.

To minimize attempts to inflate or sabotage (hey, it could happen) the commissioner will throw out the top and bottom votes and average the remainder. A minimum score of 8.1 will be required to gain entry into the Hall. The players’ career statistics are listed further down in this story.  

  Mail-in Ballot

  • Daniel Alfredsson –       (your score)
  • Dan Boyle –
  • Eric Brewer –
  • Brian Campbell –
  • Erik Cole –
  • Shane Doan –
  • Patrik Elias –
  • Sergei Gonchar –
  • Jarome Iginla –
  • Jaromir Jagr –
  • Olli Jokinen –
  • Filip Kuba –
  • Chris Kunitz –
  • Jordan Leopold –
  • Paul Martin –
  • Martin St. Louis –
  • Tim Thomas –
  • Kimo Timonen –
  • Lubomir Visnovsky –
  • Ray Whitney –
  • Justin Williams –

Here is an example of the rating scale: 10 – Should definitely be in, a real superstar. 9 – Not the best player in the league while he played, but should be in. 8 – Always thought of as a very good player. A perennial all-star. 7 – Good but not great 6 – Solid player 5 – Had a couple of really good years 4 – 3 – Did well as a third liner 2 – 1 – Wait, he played in this league?

If any GM would like to nominate someone in the Builders category, please add their names here (a separate vote will be held):


Here are some details about the nominees. The first section lists the number of seasons they played and with whom, then – in the next section – their career statistics. It would probably be fair to all players if you would look at their individual Websim cards by going to the “GM Office” tab and then “Withdrawn and Retired.”

Played 6 Seasons:

  • Brian Campbell, D, 3 seasons with Madrid, 1 season with Berlin, 1 season with Milan, 1 season with Moscow
  • Erik Cole, LW, 4 seasons with St. Petersburg, 1 season with Geneva, 1 season with Bratislava;
  • Jordan Leopold, D, 4 seasons with Geneva, 2 seasons with Stockholm

Played 5 seasons:

  • Eric Brewer, D, 4 seasons with Prague, 1 season with Geneva
  • Patrik Elias, LW, 5 seasons with Munich
  • Jarome Iginla, RW, 4 seasons with Helsinki, 1 season with St. Petersburg
  • Olli Jokinen, RW, 2 seasons with St. Petersburg, 2 seasons with Madrid, 1 season with Dublin
  • Chris Kunitz, LW, 4 seasons with Geneva, 1 with Copenhagen
  • Paul Martin, D, 5 seasons with Bratislava
  • Tim Thomas, G, 4 seasons with Dublin, 1 season with Copenhagen
  • Justin Williams, RW, 3 seasons with Prague, 1 season with Geneva, 1 season with Paris

Played 4 Seasons:

  • Dan Boyle, D, 3 seasons with Munich, 1 season with Belfast
  • Shane Doan, RW, 3 seasons with Stockholm, 1 season with Bern
  • Martin St. Louis, F, 1 season with Helsinki, 1 season with St. Petersburg, 2 seasons with Gothenburg
  • Kimo Timonen, D, 4 seasons with Bern

Played 3 Seasons: 

  • Sergei Gonchar, D, 3 seasons with Madrid
  • Lubomir Visnovsky, D, 3 seasons with Athens
  • Ray Whitney, LW, 1 season with Bern, 1 season with Berlin and 1 season with Munich

Played 2 Seasons: 

  • Daniel Alfredsson, RW, 2 seasons with Milan
  • Jaromir Jagr, RW, 1 season with Dublin and 1 season with Belfast
  • Filip Kuba, D, 2 seasons with Moscow

Career Statistics

Six Seasons

Forwards

Cole: 447 GP, 307  points, 1014 shots, 279 PIM, +9, 422 Hits, 17 TOI/G, 151 Blocks, 365 Takes, 397 Gives; All-Star twice; won Best Defensive Forward Trophy in Season 1

Defensemen

Campbell: 342 GP, 165  points, 471 shots, 105 PIM, -44, 568 Hits, 22 TOI/G, 360 Blocks, 260 Takes, 215 Gives

Leopold: 343 GP, 114  points, 382 shots, 246 PIM, -111, 611 Hits, 20 TOI/G, 383 Blocks, 227 Takes, 293 Gives

Five Seasons

Forwards

Elias: 376 GP, 318  points, 960 shots, 52 PIM, -52, 349 Hits, 20 TOI/G, 152 Blocks, 270 Takes, 335 Gives; All-Star twice

Iginla335 GP, 285 points, 867 shots, 256 PIM, -22, 321 Hits, 19 TOI/G, 130 Blocks, 285 Takes, 310 Gives

Jokinen315 GP, 176  points, 681 shots, 127 PIM, +4, 472 Hits, 14 TOI/G, 145 Blocks, 264 Takes, 205 Gives

Kunitz: 375 GP, 264 points, 923 shots, 256 PIM, -113, 307 Hits, 21 TOI/G, 144 Blocks, 343 Takes, 391 Gives; EURO Cup winner

Willliams: 400 GP, 189  points, 595 shots, 239 PIM, +81, 243 Hits, 10 TOI/G, 75 Blocks, 202 Takes, 184 Gives; EURO Cup winner

Defensemen

Brewer: 407 GP, 127  points, 382 shots, 328 PIM, -64, 912 Hits, 19 TOI/G, 461 Blocks, 211 Takes, 384 Gives

Martin: 327 GP, 133  points, 395 shots, 143 PIM, +79, 575 Hits, 21 TOI/G, 406 Blocks, 245 Takes, 285 Gives; All-Star once

Goalies

Thomas: 283 GP; 3.23 Goals Against Avg; 133-126-20 Win-Loss Record; 14 Shutouts; 89.4 Save Pct.

Four Seasons

Forwards

Doan: 313 GP, 209 points, 740 shots, 206 PIM, -78, 370 Hits, 19 TOI/G, 126 Blocks, 279 Takes, 306 Gives

St. Louis: 325 GP, 236 points, 814 shots, 81 PIM, -71, 205 Hits, 18 TOI/G, 110 Blocks, 304 Takes, 240 Gives;All-Star once

Defensemen

Boyle: 315 GP, 176 points, 509 shots, 279 PIM, +62, 512 Hits, 23 TOI/G, 378 Blocks, 271 Takes, 229 Gives; Also won Season 4 EURO Cup winner; All-Star starter once

Timonen: 317 GP, 113 points, 344 shots, 175 PIM, -2, 533 Hits, 19 TOI/G, 293 Blocks, 248 Takes, 187 Gives

Three Seasons

Forwards

Whitney: 238 GP, 199 points, 603 shots, 102 PIM, -12, 149 Hits, 19 TOI/G, 86 Blocks, 219 Takes, 197 Gives; All-Star once

Defensemen

Gonchar: 167 GP, 67 points, 172 shots, 121 PIM, +10, 287 Hits, 17 TOI/G, 117 Blocks, 111 Takes, 94 Gives

Visnovsky: 230 GP, 111 points, 296 shots, 138 PIM, -13, 325 Hits, 20 TOI/G, 208 Blocks, 153 Takes, 144 Gives

Two Seasons

Forwards

Alfredsson: 145 GP, 104 points, 355 shots, 28 PIM, -3, 105 Hits, 17 TOI/G, 48 Blocks, 101 Takes, 112 Gives; All-Star once

Jagr: 156 GP, 91 points, 258 shots, 82 PIM, +7, 156 Hits, 12 TOI/G, 35 Blocks, 80 Takes, 85 Gives

Defensemen

Kuba: 157 GP, 73 points, 219 shots, 44 PIM, +36, 435 Hits, 23 TOI/G, 152 Blocks, 128 Takes, 132 Gives; All-Star once

 

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