Before you make the all-important decision of choosing which people should be inducted into the Seals Hall of Fame, I ask you to consider each profile carefully.  Really, it’s not that much work, since I’m the one who actually wrote everything out; all you gotta do is read a little bit, and then head on back to the homepage and make your choice(s).  Remember, this year, you can vote up to three times per device!  The three nominees with the most votes will be inducted into the Seals Hall of Fame in July 2018 at the time of the site’s two-year anniversary.

 

2018 Seals Hall of Fame Nominees

Charlie Burns

WHL Seals career regular-season stats: 230 GP, 92 G, 145 A, 237 PTS, 101 PIM

WHL Seals career playoff stats: 24 GP, 2 G, 8 A, 10 PTS, 17 PIM

NHL Seals career stats: 73 GP, 9 G, 26 A, 35 PTS, 20 PIM, -14 +/-

The helmeted Charlie Burns was a standout performer for the San Francisco Seals for four years, including the club’s 1963-64 championship season, and one more year with the Oakland Seals of the NHL.  He had been an outstanding penalty-killer before landing in San Francisco, but with the Seals he was given free rein to rush up the ice and score goals.  He was a highly respected, hard-working player with the Seals, becoming the team’s alternate captain in 1963-64, and co-captain in 1965-66.  Burns also became the Seals’ second-ever player-coach, replacing Bud Poile behind the bench.  In 1966-67, Burns not only became the Seals sole captain, but also spent two more stints behind the Seals’ bench, accumulating a 22-13-3 record.

Burns holds the WHL Seals’ all-time record for goals by a center (92).  He also holds the single-season records for assists-per-game average (.875 in 1965-66) and goals by a center (33 in 1963-64). Burns led the Seals in assists (38) in 1966-67.

He won the Coleman E. Hall Trophy as the Seals’ leading scorer (69 points) in 1963-64, and he won the Booster Club Trophy in 1964 and 1965 as the team’s most popular player.

In the NHL, Burns assisted on the Seals’ first-ever regular-season goal (scored by Kent Douglas, Oct. 11, 1967 vs Philadelphia).

 

Len Haley

WHL Seals career regular-season stats: 242 GP, 108 G, 123 A, 231 PTS, 340 PIM

WHL Seals career playoff stats: 30 GP, 12 G, 16 A, 28 PTS, 39 PIM

Len Haley flew under the radar most of his time in San Francisco, but he was one of the most quietly consistent players on the roster.  Over the course of his four seasons with the Seals, he set team records for goals (108), assists (123), and points (231) by a right wing.  He is one of only three players to record more than one 30-goal season (1962-63 and 1963-64).

It seemed as though every year, Haley was near the top of the Seals scoring list.  In 1962-63, he finished second in goals (36).  The next year, he led the team in red lights (35) while finishing second in points (68).  In 1964-65, he again finished second in points, even though he scored a personal-best 72.

Haley played a big role in the Seals’ two championships, scoring 28 points in 28 games in the 1963 and 1964 playoffs.  In the former season he led the team in goals with eight.

Haley won the team’s Golden Gate Trophy as most popular player in both 1964 and 1965.

 

Bill Hicke

NHL Seals career regular-season stats: 262 GP, 79 G, 101 A, 180 PTS, -72 +/-

NHL Seals career playoff stats: 11 GP, 0 G, 4 A, 4 PTS, 6 PIM

Bill Hicke played right wing on the Seals’ Assembly Line (with Ted Hampson and Gary Jarrett), and he was one of the best players the Seals had during their first few NHL seasons.  He stands among the Seals all-time leaders in goals (4th), assists (5th), and points (5th) in 262 games played from 1967 to 1971.  He was a Seals alternate captain from 1969-71.

He led the Seals in goals (21 in just 52 games), and game-winning goals (4) in 1967-68.  The 12 power-play goals he scored that season set a franchise record that was never broken.  Hicke holds other single-season franchise records for a right wing, including most assists (36 in 1968-69), most points (61).  He also has the distinction of having scored the fastest two goals in Seals history (9 seconds vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 17, 1969).  He is one of only six Seals to record at least two 20-goal seasons.

Hicke holds the all-time franchise record for power-play goals scored (25) and is tied for the all-time franchise mark of 10 game-winning goals.

 

Nick Mickoski

WHL Seals career regular-season stats: 266 GP, 105 G, 172 A, 277 PTS, 96 PIM

WHL Seals career playoff stats: 30 GP, 8 G, 22 A, 30 PTS, 10 PIM

Nick Mickoski was a superstar for the San Francisco Seals from 1961 to 1965, and when coach Bud Poile decided to step down and concentrate on just his general manager duties, Mickoski became the Seals’ first player-coach.  With Mickoski behind the bench, the Seals went 9-5-1 to close out the season, and 8-3 during the 1964 playoffs en route to their second consecutive championship.

As a player, Mickoski’s name is littered throughout the WHL Seals’ record book.  He won the Coleman E. Hall Trophy as the team’s leading scorer in 1962-63, and he also won the team’s player of the year award.  The WHL recognized him as the league’s all-star left winger as well, the only time a Seals player was named to the post-season all-star team.

Mickoski holds the WHL Seals all-time record for assists by a left wing (172), most goals by a left wing in one season (41 in 1962-63), most points in one season (95 in 1962-63) and highest points per game average in one season (1.40 in 1962-63).  However, 1962-63 wasn’t his only great season.  He also led the Seals in goals (31) in 1961-62 and finished second in points (79) that same year.  Mickoski is one of only three players to record more than one 30-goal season with the Seals (1961-62 and 1962-63), and one of only two players to record a 40-goal season (41 in 1962-63).

 

Bob Murdoch

NHL Seals career regular-season stats: 206 GP, 59 G, 72 A, 131 PTS, -36 +/-

Bob Murdoch was always overshadowed by his 3-M Line cohorts Dennis Maruk and Al MacAdam, but that didn’t mean the talented Murdoch didn’t leave a lasting impression of his own.  He scored an impressive 22 goals and 49 points during his rookie season of 1975-76.  That same year, he set franchise records for longest goal-scoring streak (7 games) and point streak (8 games, later equalled by Maruk in 1978).  Murdoch led the Seals in power-play goals (9) in 1975-76, and tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (3) in 1976-77 and (4) in 1977-78.  In 1976-77, he also led the team in shooting percentage (16.3).  That same season, Murdoch recorded 23 goals and 42 points, but had he not missed 23 games due to injury he likely would have set career-highs in all offensive categories.

He also scored the Cleveland Barons’ only hat-trick of 1976-77, against Detroit, December 15, 1976.

 

Al Nicholson

WHL Seals career regular-season stats: 349 GP, 127 G, 158 A, 285 PTS, 103 PIM

WHL Seals career playoff stats: 37 GP, 13 G, 18 A, 31 PTS, 10 PIM

Al Nicholson was a key member of the San Francisco Seals from 1961 to 1966 (349 games).  He is the WHL Seals’ all-time leader in goals and points.  His middle name should have been “Consistency” because you could count on Al to deliver the goods every year.  He is the only player in WHL franchise history to record five 20-goal seasons.  He also holds the Seals’ all-time record for playoff goals (13), and he is tied for the all-time lead in playoff points (31).  He also helped the Seals capture the Lester Patrick Cup in 1963 and 1964.

 

 

Walt McKechnie

NHL Seals/Barons career regular-season stats: 250 GP, 62 G, 109 A, 171 PTS, -46 +/-

Walt McKechnie is one of the rare players to have played for the Seals/Barons franchise on two separate occasions. He came to Oakland in the deal that sent Dennis Hextall to Minnesota.  His future line-mate Joey Johnston also came aboard in the same trade.  A superb playmaker, he quickly became one of the Seals’ best players, and came into his own in 1972-73 when he led the team in assists (38) and points (54).  The following year, he became one of the few players in franchise history to record back-to-back 50-point seasons.  In the latter season, he became one of the Seals’ alternate captains.  During the latter two seasons of his first stint, he enjoyed great success playing on the Seals’ top line with Joey Johnston and Craig Patrick (then Reggie Leach).  After three solid seasons in Oakland, McKechnie was claimed by the New York Rangers in the Intra-league draft, then traded to the Boston Bruins for Derek Sanderson.  He enjoyed a career year with Detroit in 1975-76, scoring 82 points, but after a lacklustre 59-point season in 1976-77, he was traded to Washington.  After just 16 games, the Capitals traded McKechnie to the Cleveland Barons, where he found he scoring touch again, picking up 34 points in 53 games.  He finished his Seals/Barons career as the franchise’s sixth all-time leading scorer with 171 points in 250 games.

 

Bert Marshall

NHL Seals career regular-season stats: 313 GP, 8 G, 60 A, 68 PTS, -108 +/-

NHL Seals career playoff stats: 11 GP, 0 G, 8 A, 8 PTS

Bert Marshall was one of the Seals’ most underrated defensemen, mostly because he played a simple game and let his teammates grab the glory.  In 313 career games with the Seals, Marshall scored just eight goals, but his value was not measured in the points he put up on the score sheet.  Marshall is fourth on the Seals’ all-time games played list behind Bob Stewart, Gilles Meloche, and Al MacAdam, but second all-time among defensemen.  His 395 penalty minutes are third on the franchise’s all-time list.  A strong leader on and off the ice, Marshall became team captain in February 1972 when Carol Vadnais was traded, and he remained in this role until his own trade in March 1973.  He was also an alternate captain from 1968 to 1972.

 

Rick Hampton

NHL Seals career regular-season stats: 285 GP, 56 G, 96 A, 152 PTS, -87 +/-

“Crow” was selected with the 3rd-overall pick in the 1974 amateur draft, and was immediately saddled with the expectation that he would rescue the Seals from oblivion.  While that never happened, Hampton became arguably the Seals best defenseman, setting numerous club records.  When the Cleveland Barons merged with the Minnesota North Stars, Hampton was second all-time in power-play goals, and third all-time in games played (285) by a defenseman.  His 96 career assists and 152 career points lead all Seals defensemen.  He also led the Seals in assists (37) in 1975-76, and led all Seals defensemen in with 51 points, a record that remained unbroken until the franchise’s end.  For his efforts, he won the Seals’ Most Popular Player Award in 1975-76.

 

 

 

Joe Starkey (broadcaster)

Like many people who were once associated with the Seals, Joe Starkey became much more famous after he parted ways with the Seals.  During his three seasons calling Seals games, his “What a Bonanza!” line, which he exclaimed after every Seals goal, quickly became his trademark.  Starkey’s greatest claim to fame is his frenetic call of “The Play”, which occurred in the 1982 college football game between the California Golden Bears and Stanford:  As the play-by-play man of the San Francisco 49ers from 1989 to 2008, Starkey called several Super Bowls as well.  When the San Jose Sharks were born, there was no one better suited to be their first play-by-play man than Starkey.