Former Canadien Cain denied Hall of Fame

Herb Cain in his 1930s Canadiens team photo. He won the 1943-44 NHL scoring title with Boston.
Rice Studios, Courtesy Erle Schneidman,

From the Canadiens’ Joe Malone in 1917-18 through the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mario Lemieux in 1996-97, there are 37 NHL scoring champions, deceased or alive, who are eligible for induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Thirty-six have been so honoured.

Solely not among them is the late Herb Cain, the former Montreal Maroon and Canadien and two-time Stanley Cup champion who won the league scoring title in 1943-44 with the Boston Bruins.

And it’s been reasonably argued through the decades that the apparent blackballing of Cain by former Bruins boss Art Ross – because Cain once held out for a pay raise – has played a role in his exclusion.

Cain retired from the game in 1950, banished to the minors by Ross, and would miraculously survive Hodgkin’s disease, treated with an experimental serum used on animals.

The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs profiles Cain, an NHL great who deserves to be among those honoured in hockey’s shrine.

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