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11-08-2011, 10:24 PM
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Why is Joe Crozier in the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame?

Can someone please explain why Joe Crozier is in the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame?

I was looking over the list tonight because of RJ and Hawerchuck, and Crozier was the only guy I had to Google.

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Because his son coached my high school hockey team and the old man would come around to a game here and there and tap you on the pads and tell you, good work.

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Don't know, I followed the Sabres when he was HC and the only thing I remember where comments about his pleading with the team to win during period breaks. Don't know.

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36 years in the Sabres' front office following his coaching career.

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Does that warrant being inducted into the HOF? Sounds more worthy of a gold watch and a pat on the back. The Hall of Fame needs to be much more exclusive.

He was head coach for two seasons and never won a playoff series.

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Does that warrant being inducted into the HOF? Sounds more worthy of a gold watch and a pat on the back. The Hall of Fame needs to be much more exclusive.

He was head coach for two seasons and never won a playoff series.
If the guy worked for 36 years in the front office, how do you know how much of an effect he had on the franchise from the outside?

I don't get why people obsess with how exclusive the team HoF is.

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Does that warrant being inducted into the HOF? Sounds more worthy of a gold watch and a pat on the back. The Hall of Fame needs to be much more exclusive.

He was head coach for two seasons and never won a playoff series.
Out of all the people who have ever been associated with the organization, only 39 individuals are in the team hall of fame.

How much more exclusive a list do you want?

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If the guy worked for 36 years in the front office, how do you know how much of an effect he had on the franchise from the outside?

I don't get why people obsess with how exclusive the team HoF is.
HOF's about how valuable people were to the franchise. RJ never coached a game, never made a personnel decision- hes hardly a traditional HOF candidate.

anyway, I think a long hall of fame list- and having people like Crozier is a reminder that there are a lot of people are exceptionally valuable to the franchise and would never get their dues outside of the arena. He's there precisely because he worked hard for the organization for 36 years and you had no idea. It pays respect to our own, and also the long hockey tradition in Buffalo.

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JOE CROZIER OFFICIALLY SELECTED FOR INDUCTION INTO THE
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE HALL OF FAME'S CLASS OF 2012.

The American Hockey League announced today that former Rochester Americans
head coach, general manager, part-owner and player Joe Crozier is one of four
individuals who will be inducted into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame
as the Class of 2012. Joining Crozier in the Class of 2012 will be Jack Gordon,
John Stevens and Zellio Toppazzini.

“I am honored to be a member of the American Hockey League Hall of Fame’s
Class of 2012,” said Crozier. “My time in Rochester was incredibly special and
I was privileged to work with many great people over the years that helped our
teams achieve success.”

The Class of 2012 will be honored as part of the festivities at the 2012 AHL
All-Star Classic in Atlantic City, N.J. The American Hockey League Hall of Fame
Induction and Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, January 30, at the
Circus Maximus Theatre at Caesars Atlantic City.

Rest of the article: http://www.amerks.com/newsX.asp?type=News&aID=382

Congrats Joe!

LS...


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HOF's about how valuable people were to the franchise. RJ never coached a game, never made a personnel decision- hes hardly a traditional HOF candidate.

anyway, I think a long hall of fame list- and having people like Crozier is a reminder that there are a lot of people are exceptionally valuable
to the franchise and would never get their dues outside of the arena. He's there precisely because he worked hard for the organization for 36 years and you had no idea. It pays respect to our own, and also the long hockey tradition in Buffalo.
RJ is absolutely a "traditional" HOF candidate. He was the best at what he did; announcing. Rip was the best equipment manager. They both deserve to be in the Sabres HOF.

Crozier never won a single playoff series. He had one of the worst winning percentages and shortest coaching tenures in team history.

I find it odd that there is no mention of what he actually did in the front office. Was he a scout? Was he an assistant GM? I did find that he was briefly a "Special Consultant" for Larry Quinn. Vague.

I am all for awarding service, but he does not belong in the Sabres HOF.

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