Frank Boucher

Career

  • NHL: 1921-22, 1926-1938, 15 game comeback in 1943-44; 14 seasons, 10 quality[1. by modern standards of Points Per game]
  • 160G (17th All Time at his retirement[2. Before his comeback – his comeback made him 20th All Time]), 263A (1st[3. Before his comeback, 2nd after it]) for 423P (4th[4. Before his comeback, he was 8th All Time after the comeback]) in 533 games (11th All Time[5. Before his comeback, 17th All Time after]); 63.6 PS (11th[6. Before his comeback])
  • Boucher was the career leader in assists from 1931 until the 1943-44 season
  • At his second retirement, Boucher was 6th All Time in APG and 16th in PPG[7. Minimum 300 games]
  • At his initial retirement, Boucher was 5th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • Era: Between the years of 1926[8. When he Boucher entered the NHL] and 1938,[9. When Boucher retired for the first time] Boucher was 14th All Time in Goals, 1st in Assists, 2nd in Points, 19th in GPG, 2nd in APG, 7th in PPG, 7th in Point Shares and 5th in Offensive Points Shares while being 9th in Games Played[10. Minimum 300 games, 75 qualifying players. If the qualifier is raised to 500 games – 10 players – he was 6th All Time in Goals, 1st in Assists, 2nd in Points, 5th in GPG, 1st in APG and 2nd in PPG]
  • 82-game average: 24G, 39A for 62P
  • 3-year peak (1929-32): 44-game average of 17G, 29A for 45P
  • Playoffs: 16G, 20A for 36P in 55 games
  • Tied the record for career playoff goals in 1937[11. However he lost the record the next season]
  • Held the record for career playoff assists from 1932 until 1936 and again from 1937 until 1942
  • Held the record for career playoff points from 1932 until 1942
  • Adjusted: 284G, 871A (20th All Time) for 1155P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 44G, 134A for 178P
  • Boucher is 12th All Time in Adjusted PPG if the qualifier is set at 82 games[12. If the qualifier is raised to 300 Boucher is 4th, if it’s raised to 500, he’s 2nd All Time.]
  • Traded out of the NHL at the beginning of his career, traded back into the NHL four years later.

Accomplishments

  • Lady Byng (’28, ’29, ’30, ’31, ’33, ’34, ’35)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting twice (’30, ’33)
  • Top 10 Player[13. By Point Shares] once (’28)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player[14. By Offensive Point Shares] once (’28), Top 10 five times (’27, ’30, ’34, ’35)
  • Scored 25 goals once, 20 goals twice
  • Set the single-season record for assists in 1929-30[15. When the league started counting assists from frequently. The record held up until 1930-31 season]
  • Scored 60 points once[16. 1 of only 3 players to do so at his retirement]
  • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 10 in GPG twice
  • Led the league in Assists thrice, Top 5 eight times, Top 10 nine times
  • Led the league in APG twice, Top 5 five times, Top 10 six times
  • Set the single-season record for APG in 1929-30[17. The record wasn’t surpassed until 1938-39]
  • Top 5 in Points four times, Top 10 eight times
  • Top 5 in PPG four times, Top 10 six times
  • 1st Team All Star thrice, 2nd Team once.

Great Teams

  • Best Player[18. Led the playoffs in assists – and also set a new NHL record in both total assists and APG – and Points] on one Runner Up (’32 Rangers), Best Skater[19. Led league in goals, assists – which tied the NHL record – and points] on one Champion (’28 Rangers), Top 3 Forward[20. By points] on two Runners Up (’29, ’37 Rangers) and one Final Four (’27 Rangers), Top 6 Forward[21. By points] on one Champion (’33 Rangers) and four Final Fours (’30, ’31, ’34, ’35 Rangers), Reserve?[22. By Points] on one NHL Runner Up (’22 Senators)[23. When the Stanley Cup was still a challenge cup]
  • Top 3? Forward on two Stanley Cup Final Four[24. i.e. The PCHA champions] (’23, ’24 Millionaires/Maroons)[25. That season there was a playoff between the winner of the PCHA and the WCHL in order to play the NHL champion for the Cup.]

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