Irvine Ace Bailey


  • NHL: 1926-1934; 8 seasons, 4 quality[1. By modern PPG standards]
  • 111G (23rd All Time at his career-ending injury), 82A (20th) for 193P (21st) in 313 games; 36.4 PS (23rd)
  • At the time of his career ending injury, Bailey was 11th All Time in GPG, APG and PPG
  • At his career-ending injury, Bailey was 16th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • Era: Bailey is 11th in Goals, 13th in Assists, 12th in Points, 10th in OPS and 15th in PS despite being 37th in Games; 8th in GPG, 10th in APG and 9th in PPG[2. Among all players to play in at least 300 games between 1926 and 1934]
  • 82-game average: 29G, 21A for 51P
  • 3-year peak (1928-31): 44-game average of 23G, 18A for 41P
  • Playoffs: 3G, 4A for 7P in 21 games
  • Adjusted: 218G, 350A for 568P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 57G, 92A for 149P
  • If the qualifier is set to 82 games, Bailey is 20th All Time in Adjusted PPG[3. If the qualifier is raised set to 300 games, Bailey is 7th All Time]
  • Never traded.


  • Top 5 in Hart voting once (’29)
  • Top 5 Player[4. By Point Shares] once (’29)
  • Best Offensive Player[5. By Offensive Point Shares] once (’29), Top 10 thrice (’27, ’31)
  • Scored 20 goals thrice
  • Led the league in Goals once, Top 10 twice
  • Led the league in GPG once, Top 5 twice
  • Top 5 in Assists twice, Top 10 four times
  • Top 10 in APG twice
  • Led the league in Points once, Top 5 twice, Top 10 thrice
  • Led the league in PPG once, Top 5 twice, Top 10 thrice.

Great Teams

  • Best Skater[6. Led the playfoffs in assists and points] on one Final Four (’29 Maple Leafs),  Top 9 Forward[7. By points] on one Champion (’32 Maple Leafs) and one Runner Up (’33 Maple Leafs).


Beyond three to four years where Bailey was a dominant player, it’s really hard to see why he’s in the Hall of Fame.

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