The Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2017 will be announced at 3 p.m. today. It's a downright crime that former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk still isn't in, and his chances today are iffy with those in the first year of eligibility, including Daniel Alfredsson and Teemu Selanne. Others still waiting to get in include Jeremy Roenick, Mark Recchi, Alexander Mogilny, Paul Kariya and Theo Fleury. The maximum number of male players that can get in is four.
Andreychuk is 14th on the all-time goals list with 614. And every player who has scored 600 goals, with exceptions of Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla, are in the Hall. And the only reason Jagr and Iginla aren't in is because they are still playing.
Many argue that Andreychuk scored that many goals only because he played so long. (He's seventh all time with 1,639 games.) But shouldn't we applaud longevity instead of penalizing it? It just shows he was effective enough to play that many games.
The Hall's selection committee is made up of 19 members who are either in the media or former players or league executives. They all are respected names, but it's time the committee makes its voting public. Also, it needs to include women, who are woefully under-represented in the Hall.