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11-12-2012, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Partisan du CH View Post
21 years in the NHL
1495 games (16th of all time... all 15 before him are or will be inducted)
A role model on and off the ice.
The above are nice additions to a HOF résumé, but they don't really count for much toward the "does he get in or not" argument.

1232 points (4th best of all time by a defenseman, best as american defenseman)
97 points in 1992-93!
This looks great if you're just making a paper argument, but it ignores:

- the #1A reason for these numbers is that he played during an area of inflated stats.

- the #1B reason is that he didn't play defense at all.

- and on top of that, his scoring didn't really translate into team success.

So the numbers are nice, but they have some BIG question marks attached and he would need a bit more of a rounded argument to support them....

1 world cup gold medal
1 olympic silver medal
All rookie team
2nd all-star team
... and those items fall well short of what he would need.

Adjust Housley's raw stats back to what they would be in a normal era, and his case is really not any better than a whole lot of guys who aren't going to get in.

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