Sabres Hall of Fame Suggestions
Last week the Sabres wrapped up a 10 day stretch where they were accepting nominations from fans for the team’s Hall of Fame. I didn’t send one in so I’ll just use this forum for my suggestions.
There is one and only one no brainer as far as players are concerned and after that it takes some serious thought. One of the easiest decisions the Hall of Fame Committee will have is to sign off on Dominik Hasek. He has not officially retired from playing hockey in Europe but that is not a requirement to be considered for the Sabres Hall of Fame. The greatest goalie and one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise, ranks number one all time in wins, shutouts, goals against average and save percentage. He won 2 Hart Trophies, 6 Vezina’s and was named to the NHL’s First All Star Team 6 times. Done deal. Now comes the hard part. Is there anyone else who should be inducted next season?
I went through the Sabres all time roster and went through numerous different statistical categories and I don’t think there’s a clear cut guy who has been left out to this point. There’s only 1 player in the top 14 all time in points who isn’t in the Hall and I don’t think Miroslav Satan is ever going to get in.
What about Tom Barrasso? He only played 6 seasons with the Sabres and he won a Cup elsewhere but he is 4th all time in wins, 5th in shutouts and won both the Calder and Vezina trophies in the same season. Only 18 when he accomplished the double honor, Barrasso was the youngest player to win the Veizina and only the 3rd player to walk away with that and the rookie of the year award.
How about Jay Mckee? One of the more reliable defensive defensemen in Sabres history. McKee played in 582 games and was always one of the toughest guys on the team. He was on the Cup finalists in 1999 and was an alternate captain in 2006 when the Sabres advanced to the conference finals. He also had what is probably the most famous staph infection in franchise history. Okay, that last part isn’t a reason to put him in.
My co-host, Jeremy White, has suggested Rob Ray. Certainly one of the most beloved players in franchise history and a guy who gave it his all every night and would always stick up for a teammate. He played in 889 games over a 14 year career. Only 2 players have worn the Sabres uniform in more games, Gilbert Perreault and Craig Ramsay. Rob is the franchise’s all time leader in penalty minutes with 3,189 and I think it is safe to say that record won’t be broken. His total is more than 17 hundred minutes ahead of Mike Foligno.