Irvine Ace Bailey

Ace Bailey’s Career

  • NHL: 1926-1934; 8 seasons, 4 quality (by modern PPG standards)
  • Totals:
    • 111G (23rd All Time at his career-ending injury),
    • 82A (20th) for
    • 193P (21st) in
    • 313 games; 3
    • 6.4 PS (23rd)
    • At his career-ending injury, Bailey was 16th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • Per Game: At the time of his career ending injury, Bailey was
    • 11th All Time in GPG, APG and PPG
  • Era: Among all players to play in at least 300 games between 1926 and 1934, Bailey is
    • 11th in Goals,
    • 8th in GPG
    • 13th in Assists,
    • 10th in APG
    • 12th in Points,
    • 9th in PPG
    • 10th in OPS and
    • 15th in PS despite being
    • 37th in Games;
  • 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:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 218G, 350A for 568P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: an absurd 57G, 92A for 149P
      • Per Game: Bailey doesn’t qualify
        • But If the qualifier is set to 82 games, Bailey is
          • 20th All Time in Adjusted PPG
          • If the qualifier is raised set to 300 games, Bailey is
            • 7th All Time
    • VsX: Doesn’t qualify for the adjustment
  • Never traded.

Ace Bailey’s Accomplishments

  • Top 5 in Hart voting once (’29)
  • Back Check Best Player (’29)
  • Top Player:
    • Top 5 Player (by Point Shares) once (’29)
    • Best Offensive Player (by Offensive Point Shares) once (’29),
    • Top 10 three times (’27, ’31)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in Goals once,
      • Top 10 twice
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Led the league in GPG once,
      • Top 5 twice
    • Single-season totals:
      • Scored 20 goals three times
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Assists twice,
      • Top 10 four times
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in APG twice
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in Points once,
      • Top 5 twice,
      • Top 10 three times
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Led the league in PPG once,
      • Top 5 twice,
      • Top 10 three times

Ace Bailey’s Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Best Skater (Led the playfoffs in assists and points) on one Final Four (’29 Maple Leafs), 
    • Top 9 Forward (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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