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The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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The most undeserving members of the Hockey Hall of Fame are certainly not important to the history of the game. These men are all notable be it from their careers on the ice or as a builder of the game. They simply are on the lesser side of legendary when compared to the best NHL players of all time.

Like other professional sports halls, the Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Canada, has received a great deal of criticism over the years for its selection of members. As selected by an 18-person selection committee, inductees in the 2000s were panned for being undeserving, mainly with few better options available while in the more recent years, tougher competition and more great candidates has led to criticism that the selection process is too strict.

For whatever time these men were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, each pales in comparison to other members. For instance, Dino Ciccarelli and Gordie Howe all contributed to the Detroit Red Wings during their careers but to put them on the same playing field as equal members of the Hockey Hall of Fame is far from fair.

Another set of undeserving members of the Hockey Hall of Fame come not because of what they did (or didn't do) on the ice but other personal matters. There was a great deal of controversy when former National Hockey League President Gil Stein was inducted, though he later resigned from his Hockey Hall membership. Same goes for Harvey Jackson, whose induction was marred by off-ice struggles with addiction and domestic issues.

No one is saying that these talented hockey players and contributors to the game are not worthy of being honored for what they accomplished during their careers, but when you have a list of people who should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame waiting, and these guys already in, it's reason enough to question the selection process.
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