Seattle Hockey Hall of Fame

 

Hockey has been played in Seattle for almost 90 years, and over that time a number of great players have worn the uniform of local teams.  Many of the names and accomplishments are lost to history, but it is important to recognize the men who made the game great in Seattle.  With that in mind, I established my own Seattle Hockey Hall of Fame.

I've been fortunate enough to visit the Halls of Fame of most of the major sports - Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Hockey League.  If there is one thing that all of them have in common, it's that they have too many members.  Often what is called the "Hall of Fame" becomes instead the "Hall of Really, Really, Good".  As an example, Bill Mazeroski was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.  What's wrong with that, you ask?  Well, he retired in 1972 and, despite being on the ballot for a number of years after he retired, Maz was not voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America.  These were men that had watched him play, and they didn't think he was good enough to get in... then, 29 years after he retired, he was elected by the Veterans Committee.  Now, Mazeroski was a great second baseman, but you can't tell me that his stats somehow got better in the years following his retirement! 

In order to keep the Seattle Hockey Hall of Fame limited to the best of the best, I decided to only "induct" the top 25 players.  With over 1,000 men having played at the highest level in Seattle, that means that only the best 2.5% are being included.  All Halls of Fame have their own selection criteria, and this one is no different.  In order to be eligible, a player must have played in either two full seasons or 100 games in a Seattle uniform.  I allow for either seasons or games played because length of schedules vary considerably over time, from a low of 18 games in 1915-16 to 72 games today.  When examining a player's career I looked primarily at what he had accomplished in Seattle and not in other cities - these men were picked specifically due to their contributions to hockey in Seattle.  Factors considered included statistics, awards won, longevity, team success and championships won.  I selected players from every era, and ironically I ended up with a fairly well balanced roster - 14 forwards, 6 defensemen, and 5 goaltenders. 

In addition to the players, I have selected eight other men who made significant contributions to the success of hockey in Seattle in other roles.  This includes coaches, owners, executives, and members of the press.  They are included in the "Coaches and Builders" category.

I know that many of you will not agree with all of the selections - either you will feel that someone was left out or that someone undeserving is included.  Some of these men are unknown to all but the most diehard fans and historians... but they were very successful in their own eras.  My membership selections are certainly open for debate... though don't expect me to change my mind!  Click on the photo of the player to find out more about his career.

Seattle Hockey Hall of Fame Members

Forwards

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Marc Boileau
1958-61, 1967-70

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Guyle Fielder
1953-54, 1955-69

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Rudy Filion
1948-54, 1955-63

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Val Fonteyne
1955-59

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Frank Foyston
1915-24

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Glen Goodall
1984-90

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Gerry Leonard
1958-70

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Bill MacFarland
1957-66

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Patrick Marleau
1995-97

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Bernie Morris
1915-23

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Jim Powers
1958-60, 1962-67, 1968-70

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Turner Stevenson
1988-92

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Hal Tabor
1933-41

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Jack Walker
1915-24

 

 

Defensemen

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John Hanna
1968-72

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John Houbregs
1930-31, 1934-40

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Bobby Rowe
1915-24

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Gordie Sinclair
1955-66

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Don Ward
1961-72

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Brendan Witt
1990-94

 

Goaltenders

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Bev Bentley
1952-53, 1958-61

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Harry Holmes
1915-17, 1918-24

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Jim McLeod
1960-62, 1964-67

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Cody Rudkowsky
1995-99

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Emmett Venne
1933-39

 

Coaches and Builders

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Vince Abbey
Player and Owner

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Keith Allen
Coach

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Frank Dotten
Player, Coach and Owner

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Bill Knight
Reporter

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George "Al" Leader
Player and Executive

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Pete Muldoon
Manager and Owner

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Bill Schonely
Broadcaster

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Hy Zimmerman
Reporter


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