Dany Heatly, Pavel Datsyuk, Martin St. Louis, Teemu Selanne, Rob Ratliff, and Phil Lanthier; what do these names all have in common? They are all inductees into the NEFHL Hall of Fame. They’re also all indicative of the type of quality candidate that does not appear on the 2020 hall of fame ballot.
Reliable but unsensational players such as Patrik Elias, Alex Tanguay, Martin Havlat, and Olli Jokinen lead the forward class, while names such as Brad Stuart and Dan Boyle prowl the blue line. The class is so notably weak that no goalies even made the cut to be new additions to the ballot.
Some of the strongest candidates are returning from last year’s ballot, where twenty players received enough votes to get a second (or third) look, including the likes of Chris Pronger (18 votes), Brad Richards (13 votes), Daniel Alfredsson (11 votes), Nicklas Lidstrom (11 votes), and Martin Brodeur (12 votes). Sami Salo, Marty Turco, and Nikolai Zherdev received no votes in 2019 and will be removed from the ballot moving forward.
Drew Philips, former general manager of the Kings, will return as the sole Builder on the ballot. This will be the third round of voting for the two-time Stanley Cup winning manager. Phillips received 12 votes in 2019 and 11 votes in 2018.
General managers may vote for as many selections as they choose, but are requested to submit a blank ballot to the Committee to demonstrate their opinion that none of the nominees are deserving of election to the Hall of Fame. All ballots must be submitted to the Hall of Fame Committee Office, addressed to Oilers-Jason, no later than 11:59PM ET on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
The full ballot can be found by following this link.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is currently scheduled to take place prior to the opening of the preseason.
Eligible players are those who retired following the 2016-2017 season, with a minimum of 600 games required for skaters, and a minimum of 500 games required for goalies, as well as those players who received two or more votes on last year’s ballot.
Players or Builders who receive 70% of votes from voting general managers will be inducted into the NEFHL Hall of Fame. Players or builders receiving two or more votes during any selection period will remain on the ballot for the following selection period, for up to seven seasons.