Ron Hextall: Why He Should Be Inducted to Hall of Fame

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Ron Hextall: Why He Should Be Inducted to Hall of Fame
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The Rough And Tumble Ron Hextall

In 1985 when I became a follower of the Philadelphia Flyers, I was already an admirer of the goaltenders. I enjoyed their unique position on the ice. The fact of the matter is, a great goaltender can make all the difference in the world between a bad team and a good team.

After the tragic death of Pele Lindburgh, the Flyers had lost their franchise goaltender. Little did they know that they wouldn't be out for long. In the fall of 1986, Ron Hextall won a spot in the lineup and never looked back.

In just his rookie year, he had many accomplishments highlighted by leading the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals against one of the greatest scoring teams of all time: the 1980's Edmonton Oilers led by notables Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier.

Hextall retired in 1999 after 12 seasons in the NHL. But during this span, he revolutionized the game of hockey and was a superstar of the game, and at times, also infamous.

The following are just a couple of reasons why he should be in the Hall of Fame and why it is a travesty of justice that he is not at this point, already in it.

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