NHL The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame  

Blake Edwards
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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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78 20
Alan Eagleson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
age 84

2
55 12
Gil Stein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
age 90

3
25 13
Edgar Laprade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Died at 95 (1919-2014)

4
26 15
Bun Cook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Died at 84 (1904-1988)

5
36 27
Harvey Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

6
30 21
Roy Conacher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Died at 68 (1916-1984)

7
22 13
Clint Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Died at 96 (1913-2009)

8
17 7
Billy Burch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Billy Burch Died at 50 (1900-1950)

9
46 44
Bernie Federko is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

10
13 9
Buddy O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

11
13 9
Frank Rankin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Frank Rankin Died at 41 (1891-1932)

12
14 11
Leo Boivin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
age 85

13
19 20
Woody Dumart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Died at 85 (1916-2001)

14
44 57
Michel Goulet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
age 57

15
11 10
Roy Worters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Died at 57 (1900-1957)

16
8 6
Art Coulter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Died at 91 (1909-2000)

17
10 9
Tommy Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Tommy Smith Died at 81 (1885-1966)

18
11 13
Harry Lumley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Died at 72 (1926-1998)

19
11 15
Herbie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Herbie Lewis Died at 85 (1906-1991)

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8 11
Tommy Dunderdale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Tommy Dunderdale Died at 73 (1887-1960)

21
36 59
Dino Ciccarelli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

22
6 13
Babe Pratt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Died at 72 (1916-1988)

23
31 60
Billy Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
age 67

24
7 20
Ace Bailey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Died at 89 (1903-1992)

25
15 40
Bob Gainey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
gaug66 added age 64

26
13 43
Darryl Sittler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
RussNomura added Darryl Sittler

27
31 86
Larry Robinson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

28
11 48
Tony "Flounderfoot" ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Andrew Manley added Tony "Flounderfoot" Esposito

29
11 73
Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
EricChao added age 57

30
4 71
Gordie Howe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
EricChao added age 90