In his latest piece for The Examiner, “Kings Look Ahead for December 7-13,” Jonathan Moncrief stated the case for former Los Angeles Kings goaltender Rogie Vachon deserving to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
In the “Now More Than Ever, Rogie Needs To Get ‘Hall Call’” section of his story, Moncrief wrote:
There are currently 35 members of the Hockey Hall of Fame that have played the goaltending position, with 32 of these as exclusively netminders.
When considering the top 20 in victories alone in league history, you find that there are: currently two players still active (Brodeur and Chris Osgood), nine are in the Hall, and of the remaining nine, eight have retired with the last ten years. Only one man, who has more career victories than the other 23 exclusive goaltenders in the Hall, has been overlooked for so long.
This is why there has been a recent groundswell surfacing of support to help elect former Kings goaltender Rogie Vachon into the Hall of Fame. His 355 career wins are more than names like Billy Smith, Ken Dryden, Johnny Bower, Ed Giacomin, Bernie Parent, even Gump Worsley.
Still, with a list of goalies set to be eligible in the next few years such as Ed Belfour, Curtis Joseph, Dominik Hasek, John Vanbiesbrouck, Tom Barrasso, Mike Richter, and eventually Brodeur and Osgood, the time is now to help alert those on the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee that Vachon’s inclusion into the Hall cannot be overlooked any longer.
To read the full story, click on: Kings Look Ahead for December 7-13.
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