We have four categories of our Hall – we don't like
the term Builder as originally used.
The first is Honoured Members. This is where
the greats of the game lace them up. Whether elected as a first-time
inductee or as an Oldtimer (retired more than twenty years), they
are placed in the Hall together.
The second category was for Executives and Referees.
Coaches fell into this category, as did GMs and owners.
The third category, added later, was a Contributors
category. This was a catch-all for anybody not directly employed
by the league or its teams, but whom when people think of this person,
they think of their contribution to the sport. Foster Hewitt would
be the first prominent member of this category. Dolores Claman,
while she had her supporters, did not. Who's Dolores Claman
you ask? She's the one who wrote the Hockey Night and Canada
The fourth category was the Builder category.
A Builder was a person who elevated the game and brought the status
of hockey to a higher level. Frank Patrick was the perfect example
of a Builder. Harold Ballard was not. In order to achieve Builder
status, one had to be elected in another category. After being elected,
the person then had to be renominated from someone on the election
committee and gain 15 votes. There were three exceptions to this
rule. Their surnames are Patrick, Patrick and Gretzky.
Once elected, a person's conduct off the ice could not be
considered grounds for removal, except for the Builders category.