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The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame 

Blake Edwards
Updated June 8, 2017 2.3k votes 412 voters 7.7k views 30 items

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.
list ordered by
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Alan Eagleson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Age 85 from St. Catharines
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Gil Stein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Age 91 from Philadelphia
3
Edgar Laprade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Dec. at 95 (1919-2014) from Port Arthur
4
Harvey Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
5
Bun Cook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Dec. at 84 (1904-1988) from Kingston
6
Clint Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Dec. at 96 (1913-2009) from Assiniboia
7
Roy Conacher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Dec. at 68 (1916-1984) from Toronto
8
Bernie Federko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Age 62 from Foam Lake
9
Leo Boivin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Age 86 from Prescott
10
Billy Burch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Billy Burch Dec. at 50 (1900-1950) from Yonkers
11
Frank Rankin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Frank Rankin Dec. at 41 (1891-1932) from Stratford
12
Buddy O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
13
Art Coulter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Dec. at 91 (1909-2000) from Winnipeg
14
Michel Goulet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Age 58 from PĂ©ribonka
15
Tommy Dunderdale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Tommy Dunderdale Dec. at 73 (1887-1960) from Benalla
16
Herbie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Herbie Lewis Dec. at 85 (1906-1991) from Calgary
17
Woody Dumart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Dec. at 85 (1916-2001) from Kitchener
18
Tommy Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Tommy Smith Dec. at 81 (1885-1966) from Ottawa
19
Harry Lumley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Dec. at 72 (1926-1998) from Owen Sound
20
Roy Worters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Dec. at 57 (1900-1957) from Toronto
21
Babe Pratt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Dec. at 72 (1916-1988) from Stony Mountain
22
Dino Ciccarelli is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Age 59 from Sarnia
23
Bob Gainey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
gaug66 added Age 65 from Peterborough
24
Billy Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Age 68 from Perth
25
Larry Robinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Undeserving Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Age 67 from North Dundas