Friday, July 2, 2010

Equal Rights To The Hall

Who are Angela James and Cammi Granato and what are they doing in the Hall of Fame?

Lindros, Mogilny, and Bure are all more worthy than those two.

I'm sorry but the Hall of Fame should be mainly what you did for hockey in general, and hockey in general is predominately a MEN'S game. Most people don't even know who these two are.

They deserve recognition, but not HHOF recognition.

So then have a Women's Hockey Hall of Fame if women's hockey is it's own separate sport.

To take them over Bure, Gilmour, Nieuwendyk, Andreychuk,Oates, hell, even Lindros, is ridiculous.

I have no problem with women in the Hall, but make it a separate category, like the builders.

How long before we run out of "great women" and Mrs Howe gets in?

I have never gotten this fired up reading a message board before. Throw your equal rights out ladies, We’re going back to when we’re only wanted in the kitchen apparently. I understand that there are players that didn’t make the cut this year that some people feel should have. But that’s quite a bold statement to say that not only should Women’s Hockey Players not be treated as equals on the ice, they shouldn’t be treated as equals in the hall either.

What do you call a woman playing hockey? A HOCKEY PLAYER. So to say that they should be moved into their own category, segregated if you will, is totally jank. "But... But... But... Hockey is a Men’s game and.... No girls play it... Ever" Fat chance people. I’ve seen some women play that are better than some NHL/AHL players and if they were men they would have their place on a team without a doubt.

It is called the Hockey Hall of Fame. Contrary to popular belief it’s not called the “Only NHL, No Girls Allowed, Only People We Want To See In There-Hall Of Fame”. Angela James and Cammi Granato have contributed to the SPORT of HOCKEY. No, they didn't contribute the NHL. But then again, Women aren't exactly welcomed into the NHL with open arms. They must be worried that we might break a nail or must our hair or something.

“Yes, Women and Women in Hockey belong in the Hall… BUT not before this guy, that guy, and the other guy”. When exactly SHOULD women have been allowed in the HHOF? A new "great" player retires every year. Thus, every year there is a "great" player eligible to go into the hall. If the Hall of Fame selection committee had followed the "better than the ladies" concept, Cammi and Angela might have gone in with the 2027 Hall of Fame Class. Oh wait, Crosby might be in that class... So that would have been a no go as well.

Cammi Granato earned 20 gold or silver medals playing hockey representing the United States in her 15 year career. She along with Geraldine Heaney and Angela James were inducted as the first women in the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. Granato also became the first women inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. She is the only women to have won Lester Patrick Trophy individually as well as with the 1998 U.S. Women's Hockey Team. Angela James has earned seven gold medals representing Canada in Ice Hockey and an additional two medals (gold and silver) in Roller Hockey. She is a member of the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame, the Black hockey and sports hall of fame, and the Canadian sports hall of fame. In 2009, the city of North York changed the name of the Flemingdon Arena to the Angela James Arena. Both players, though retired from their playing careers, remain advocates for the sport of hockey. These ladies are two of the most decorated female hockey players in the world. They deserved to be recognized for it.


  1. I couldn't agree more with this post-both Granato and James did a ton of work for this great sport and are more than deserving of going into the Hall. That anyone thinks otherwise is ridiculous. Great read.

  2. Maybe it would be instructive for some of these folks to think about the name of the place - "Hockey Hall of Fame." Compare to, say, football, which has the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH and the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, IN. It isn't called the "NHL Hall of Fame" or even the "Pro Hockey Hall of Fame," just "Hockey Hall of Fame." If some people don't appreciate that level of inclusiveness, they are free to ignore the place, but to act as if Granato, James, et al don't belong there is just ignorant on several levels.