Shanahan was up for the Hockey Hall of Fame this year and I haven't wrote about it, because, well, I figured I'd get to it when he was inducted. Because of course he'd be inducted right? Going against the likes of Bure and Sundin, talented guys but ones who never won anything, Shanny and Sakic were both guys who were going to make it, for sure.
Well, as the Chief put it:
And Brendan Shanahan has been unbelievably, unfathomably left out. Bure and Sundin, yes. Shanny…no. It’s so pathetic that it’s hard to even muster any anger over this one.
Bill continued over at A2Y, after the break:
As an NHL player, his omission is disgusting. He not only won 3 Cups. He was critical to each one of them. How many team successes was Pavel Bure or Mats Sundin critical to? Internationally? Sure. In the NHL? Absolutely none.
None. Shanahan has more Cup wins than Bure, Sundin and Sakic put together. He scored more goals than Sakic and won more Cups. He also beat more ass and that, apparently, is not good. He scored 200 more goals than Bure, 300 more than Oates, 100 more than Sundin.
He also suspended more people than Sakic did and he also changed the league in ways that Sakic never will, or could. Shanahan changed the game after the lockout and his style of play made him absolutely elite while he was active.
But by all means, keep him out instead of the likes of Mats Sundin. While Shanahan was the ultimate warrior who would do anything to win a Cup, Sundin refused a trade from Toronto that would have made his precious Leafs more competitive for years to come.
Bure played 700 games and he’s in. Shanny played 1500 and he’s not. Jesus.
Scotty? Igor? You got some splaining to do. We know of the friction between Bowman and Shanahan. Would he have held that kind of grudge? Really? Igor…I have no clue. Maybe he fought for Shanny in there. I don’t know.I don't have much more to say. Shanny deserves it more than Rush.
maybe it has something to do with him having a relatively high position in the NHL now. They didn't want to seem biased. I thought it was funny how NHL.com had articles about Shanny and Sakic getting the HoF nod and then he doesn't even get in.
it's like the committee grabbed shanny's hopes and dreams with both hands and slammed them into a wall.
Do they only go by how many years a guy has been retired? Is there a possible conflict of interest with him still working in the league and maybe will be chosen later?
I am ignorant of this process as well.
Wow, this is rather shocking. I'm sort of ignorant as to how players get voted into the HHOF, but the fact that he wasn't included is crazy.