Skip to main content

Howe can you overlook Mark?

With so much draft and free agency focus on defensemen, I was wondering why a guy like Mark Howe is overlooked by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Using Hall of Famer Larry Murphy as a comparison, here's what the numbers say: Murphy: Career spanned 1980-2001 (21 years), 1216 points in 1615 games (0.75 points per game), +200 career +/-. 152 points in 215 playoff games (0.71 points per game), and a Memorial Cup win with Peterborough.

Howe - Career spanned 1973-1995 (22 years, including WHA), 742 points in 929 games in NHL (0.80 points per game), 61 points in 101 NHL playoff games (0.60 points per game), +400 career +/- in NHL. Add in his 6 WHA seasons and his combined totals are: 1246 points in 1355 games (0.92 points per game), 153 points in 176 playoff games (0.87 points per game), a Memorial Cup win with the Toronto Marlboros (Howe was tourney MVP) and an Olympic Silver Medal in 1972 with USA at age 16.

Not only was Howe a great defensive player and Norris Trophy runner-up three times, he also excelled at left wing early in his career. Is he less a player than Murphy? Is he not in the Hall because his two Stanley Cup finals ended in losses to Edmonton (1985 and 1987) while Murphy won two Cups with Pittsburgh and two with Detroit?

If players like Slava Fetisov and Igor Larionov are in the Hall based on their NHL and international careers - or like VladislavTretiak, based solely on an international career - how is it that Mark Howe has never received serious consideration?

The Hockey News had him only as a one star long shot to get in this year, despite there not being a slam dunk kind of player on the ballot.

Is there any chance the HHOF will ever develop a Veteran's Committee to consider those players who the Selection Committee overlooked?

The players know who belongs and who doesn't. Ask the guys he played against and I'm sure they'll say Mark Howe is a Hall of Famer.

Eddie Denkin, Newtown, Pa.

TOP HEADLINES

Connor Bedard

World Junior Roundup: Canada, USA Score Big Wins, Finland Edges Czechia

Canada and USA move to 2-0 with big wins, while Finland needed a shootout to beat Czechia on the third day of the World Junior Championship in Edmonton.

Kyle Davidson
Play

NHL Hot Seat Radar: Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks have committed fully to a rebuild, and it's up to GM Kyle Davidson to turn it into something tangible.

Vitali Kravtsov

Prospect Pool Overview: New York Rangers

With a strong NHL lineup and some good prospects on the way up, Tony Ferrari takes a look at the New York Rangers' future.