Scott Stevens in The Hockey Hall Of Fame…Why?

Scott Stevens was selected 5th overall by the

Washington Capitals in the 1982 draft. Over the

years he has had two other destinations other

than Washington. 1 year with St. Louis in 1990-91

and 13 years with New Jersey since.

Stevens has racked up 196 goals, 712 assists for

908 points, 2785 penalty minutes, and a career plus

minus of +389 in 1635 games played. His stats are

very impressive but stats alone do not get you in to

the Hockey Hall Of Fame.

Lets face it, Scott Stevens is a cheap shot artist, I

know I am going to get flamed by all New Jersey

Devils fans for syaing this but cheap shot artists do

not belong in the Hockey Hall Of Fame! Stevens has

had many cheap shots but here is the worst one in

the 1998 Nagano Olympics, Canada was facing the

US. During the game Scott Stevens went and gave

Wayne Gretzky a cheap shot in which Gretzky would never rebound from.

Yes, he gave the ambassider of hockey a cheap

shot and people are still pushing for him to get to

the Hall Of Fame? When Gretzky came back to New York he was never the same and I am telling you

this, if Scott Stevens didn’t deliver that cheap shot, Wayne Gretzky would still be playing, you and I

both know that I am right in this one! So please

hear me out and don’t put a cheap shot artist in

hockey’s memorial.

37 Responses to Scott Stevens in The Hockey Hall Of Fame…Why?

  1. Mimo says:

    Uhhh…why would Stevens give Greztky a cheap shot if they we’re on the same team???

  2. Cambostarr says:

    You just beat me to it. What is this guy talking about?

  3. NiittymakiForVezina says:

    Very confusing.

  4. SJ_Sharks_Fan_19 says:

    WTF? Gretzky and Stevens were on the same olympic team you must be sniffin some crack. Did you think stevens was american or something? LOL

    I dont understand how someone thinks he shouldnt be in the hall his career speaks for itself. Hes a hard hitter, a devoted leader, a great offensive player. He was an amazing player played in 13 all star games he led the devils to 3 stanley cups in 10 years and was the playoff MVP in one of those cup runs. Any1 who says he shouldnt be in the hall is a fool.

  5. PaulK123 says:

    lol, srry, wans’t in olympics, thinking of something else, it weas rangers vs. new jersey, 1998

  6. Gretzkin says:

    Uh Oh…

    … and said with such determination!


  7. Flyaz says:

    Your either high, or born after the Nagano olympics. Gretzky is in his mid 40’s now…He would be retired no matter what you think, as he’d never have stuck around to be a third line center (because he wouldn’t be producing like a first linner anymore that’s for sure.) But the most glaring part of your article is both players you mentioned played for team Canada. Your article makes me a tad sad for all the HTR members that take a lot of time writing an article, only to not have it posted….then they have to come on here and read this crap. Steven’s will be in the hall of fame, where he belongs (and I hated the guy because I’m a Flyers fan) You on the other hand will not be writing for THN anytime soon.

  8. thatleafsguy says:

    This discussion again…..IMO he will because of his rep and his cup wins, but realistically he shouldn’t cuz he doesn’t have the numbers that support it. Plus, he was a dirty career killer with all his dirty hits, which some people will say aren’t dirty. But when you go after a guy in a precarious position to me thats dirty, the object of the game is to stop him from getting past you not cripple a guy and take his lively hood away. I have no respect for this player at all, all he does is cause a nostalgiac effect from the glory days of the NHL.

  9. wingerxxx says:

    The part about the Nagano Olympics just made no sense at all. I don’t need to elaborate because everyone else will pick up on it.

    This article is a little silly. Stevens definitely goes in the Hall of Fame. It’s not even a matter of debate. You could argue that treating all players the same on the ice, is part of what made Stevens so great. I’m a Rangers fan, and I have more reason to hate Stevens than most. And even I will admit, that he was a great defenseman. And it’s silly to argue that Gretz would still be playing right now, he had a bad back long before anything Stevens or anyone else did, got to him. If “cheap shot artists” weren’t allowed in the Hall of Fame, that would exclude a LOT of players, including Mark Messier, and yes, Gordie Howe as well. Both of whom were very feared in their hey day.

  10. muckies says:


    you lost a lot of credibilty here, not because you screwed up so bad, but because you think Gretzky would still be playing.

    How many 44 year olds are in the NHL?

    And if anybody deserves to be in the Hall of Fame for playing hard core, 60 minutes of hockey, and doing it fairly its Scott Stevens.

    No cheap shot artists in the Hall of Fame. Have you ever heard of Bobby Clarke?????

  11. SJ_Sharks_Fan_19 says:

    Eric Lindros is that you???

  12. UWSensFan says:

    Methinks you are confusing Scott Stevens and Gary Suter. Suter is the one that threw the (dirty) hit on Paul Kariya in ’98, and the dirty hit to Gretzky in the ’96 Canada Cup (if memory serves).

    As for Stevens making the HHOF, I’m all for it, even though his Devils were the only team that could stop my Sens in ’02-03 when they were one win away from going to the Cup Finals (where they could have won, IMO). Calling Stevens a “cheap shot artist” is so untrue. The guy just hit hard. Very hard. How many times did he get intent to injure penalties? None that I remember. My opinion: he’s one of the better modern day defensemen. Would I have liked to have him be a Senator? Definitely.

  13. muckies says:

    Jesus, I can still see that puck just get through Reddens skates, and Lalime – what a *****ing sive.

    2 game 7’s in 2 years, and 2 meltdoowns.

    That *****in’ Friesen and Langenbrunner.

    I still blame Martin. If he hadn’t benched Spezza in the final period, we would have won. The boost he gave them in game 5 when he returned turned the team around. They lost all their momentum when he got benched.

    Jesus, I’m still pissed. Realli *****in’ pissed. We would have destroyed the Mighty Ducks.

  14. thatleafsguy says:

    i don’t know? sergei makarov is that you??

  15. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    I know I am going to get flamed by all New Jersey

    Devils fans for syaing this but cheap shot artists do

    not belong in the Hockey Hall Of Fame!

    lol funny guy. i guess your right cheap shot artists dont belong in the hall of fame. people who could change the game belong in the hall of fame. he can do that with his strong defensive play or his bone crushing hits.

    and arent u the guy that said luongo in the blue and white in the summer.

  16. wingerxxx says:

    Gary Suter was the guy who nailed Gretz in the 1991 Canada Cup finals. While you can make an argument that Stevens got the ball rolling on the Eric Lindros concussion cycle, and had huge (but clean) hits on Ron Francis, Kariya and Slava Kozlov, blaming him for Gretzky’s “early” retirement from the NHL is really uncalled for. It was in games against Washington and Carolina that Gretzky really started to have his back flare up, in his last year in New York. That is what really did him in, in the end. And he did the right thing by retiring.

  17. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    This article’s a joke!

    Cheap shot artists rock!

    Hey I’d love to see Bryan freakin Martchment in the hell of fame! If they can fight, and they were above average hockey players talent wise they’re hall of famers in my books.

  18. wingerxxx says:

    It was the 91 Canada Cup, but you’re pretty much on the money. Gretz had to miss a good chunk of the 92/93 season because of Suter’s hit. And…Suter (unlike Stevens) was most definitely a cheap shot artist. If anyone is going to be blamed for Gretzky’s back problems, it is Gary Suter.

  19. GaryPuck says:

    Hey PaulK123, John Ferguson, Jr. told me that Scott Stevens is coming out of retirement and joining the Leafs!

  20. nyrules11 says:

    what happened to this site?

  21. detY192003 says:

    Isnt Chelios 42 or 43?

  22. mush124 says:

    wow what a dumbass noob

  23. GoreDough says:

    Sorry dude, but he wasn’t a “cheap shot artist” they were clean, they might have been career killers, but they were clean, and if a guy like lindross goes skating with his head down, and stevens sees an opening like that, then he deserves to get hit. all of his “greatest” hits were clean, shoulder hits, with the other guys not looking. he might not have great numbers, but his leadership was very important to that devils team, and his hits had a way to change the momentum and pace of a game, like a goal at a key moment. don’t say he shouldn’t go in because he ended careers, or because he hit too hard, hockey is a physical sport, so they should be able to take hits. and im a habs fan, not a devils fan.

  24. oildude says:

    I know theres not much to talk about these days but theres no need to make stories up. By the way I don’t ever recall Stevens hitting Gretzky, I’m sure it would have been talked about alot. As for the hall of fame… he captained 3 stanley cups… not too bad.

  25. NjDEVSFN says:

    if Scott Stevens should not be in the hall of fame, Todd Bertuzzi should be in jail and Tie Domi should still be suspended for his elbow to Scott Neidermayer

    give me a break, the HHOF has a lot to do with the stats you have at the end of your career and a +389 is gonna do it along with playing the most games for a defensemen

    his number of elbowing penalties suggest he wasn’t very cheap. how many members of the “Broad Street Bullies” are in the HOF?

    your name suggests youre a Kariya fan, well, he got up after Stevens’ check and scored a fantastic slapshot. you guys didnt have a chance in Game 7 because almost half the team remembered 2001 vs Colorado and Stevens wouldn’t allow it to happen again. leadership, a quality NOT covered by statistics, is also a huge reason why Stevens will make the HHOF.

  26. Pock_53 says:

    know your facts before you go rambling complete stupidity

  27. poulin20 says:

    This is the weirdest article I have ever read…and I have a subscription to the Weekly World News.

  28. wingerxxx says:

    I seem to agree with you. Stevens and Gretz played against each other many times, and I can’t recall Stevens ever flattening Gretzky either. Stevens had tons of respect for him, that’s apparent from interviews.

  29. wingsfan13 says:

    i never liked stevens or gretzky. i don’t like cheap shots either

    but what u gonna do? they both are well liked. to the hall of fame they go.

  30. PuckMucker says:

    of course he belongs in the Hall. get over yourself.

  31. Freeze says:

    Um…Stevens gave Gretzky a cheap shot so he shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame?

    How can I possibly argue with that logic? You are one of the finest hockey minds I have ever encountered. Please, keep writing!!!! When do you think your next article might be posted?

  32. habsoverserver says:

    Ever watch film of Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, or Bobby Clarke?

  33. rooney says:

    i may be wrong but i would guess that the person who wrote the article is a ranger, flyers, or leafs fan. your a moron. how can you say scott stevens doesnt belong in the hall of fame. defensively he was the best defenseman in the league from 95 on. when no one could stop lemieux and jagr in 2001 they had 1 pt in a 5 game series against the devils. mark messier threw plenty of cheap shots does he belong in the hall of fame. as for gretzky he got what he deserved. he would go up and try and piss people off to get them off their game so of course he was gonna get hit.

  34. njcup says:

    You don’t know what planet you’re on.

    What did Stevens have, 4 elbowing minors in his 20 year career?

    Lindros hit, Karyia, Francis, Kozlov….all clean.

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