Robert Nels Stewart

Nels Stewart’s Career

  • NHL: 1925-1940; 15 seasons, 13 quality[1. By modern PPG standards]
  • Totals:
    • 324G (1st All Time at his retirement),
    • 191A (5th) for
    • 515P (1st) in
    • 650 games (3rd);
    • 96.9 PS (3rd)
    • Stewart was the NHL career goals leader from the 1936-37 season until 1952
    • Stewart was the NHL career points leader from the 1938-39 season until the 1944-45 season
    • At his retirement, Stewart was 2nd All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • Per Game:
    • Stewart is 20th All time in GPG;
    • At his retirement, Stewart was
      • 4th All Time in GPG
      • 1st All Time in PPG (but he was the only qualifying player…)
      • Stewart doesn’t qualify for the APG leader-board, however if the qualifier is set to 500 games played, Stewart waas 10th All Time at his retirement
    • Stewart was the NHL career PPG leader from the 1938-39 season (the first time anyone qualifies for the HR leader boards) to the 1945-46 season
  • Era: Of the 21 players to play in at least 500 games between 1925 and 1950Stewart is
    • 1st in Goals, GPG, Points, PPG, OPS, PS and Games,
    • 4th in Assists, and
    • 8th in APG
  • 82-game average: 41G, 24A for 65P
  • 3-year peak (1929-32): 44 game average of 30G, 14A for 45P
  • Playoffs:
    • 9G (t-24th All Time at his retirement)
    • 12A fo (t-11th)
    • 21P (t-19th) in
    • 50 games (12th)
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey Reference:
      • 587G (22nd All Time), 583A for 1170P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: an absurd 74G, 74A for 148P
      • Per Game:
        • 4th All Time in Adjusted GPG
        • 1st All Time in Adjusted PPG
        • (Doesn’t qualify for APG)
    • VsX:
      • 592G
      • 568A
      • 1,106P
      • Per Game:
        • 6th All Time in VsX Adjusted GPG
        • 7th All Time in VsX Adjusted APG
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 29 for cash
    • Traded at 30 with Joe Jerwa (29) for cash but traded back at 31 when the agreement fell through
    • Traded at 31 for cash

Nels Stewart’s Accomplishments

  • Hart (’26, ’30)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting a further time (’31)
  • Back Check Co-MVP (’26)
  • Back Check Best Player (’26)
  • Top Player:
    • Best Player (by Point Shares) once (’26),
    • Top 5 four times (’28, ’29, ’30)
    • Best Offensive Player (by Offensive Point Shares) once (’26),
    • Top 5 seven times (’28, ’29, ’30, ’31, ’34, ’35),
    • Top 10 eleven times (’32, ’33, ’37, ’38)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in Goals twice,
      • Top 5 eight times,
      • Top 10 thirteen times
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Led the league in GPG twice,
      • Top 5 eight times,
      • Top 10 twelve times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 35 goals once (1 of only 10 players to do so at his retirement)
      • 30 goals twice (1 of only 8 players ever at his retirement)
      • 25 goals four times (1 of only 6 players ever at his retirement)
      • 20 goals nine times (NHL record at his retirement]
  • Assists: Top 10 in Assists twice
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Led the league in Points once,
      • Top 5 four times,
      • Top 10 ten times
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Led the league in PPG once,
      • Top 5 four times,
      • Top 10 ten times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 50 points once
  • VsX:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 16th All Time
      • Assists: 230th All Time
      • Points: 37th All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 12th All Time
      • Assists: 171st All Time
      • Points: 25th All Time

Nels Stewart’s Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Best Player (by points) on one NHL Stanley Cup Champion (’26 Maroons) – the last season the Cup was vied for by multiple leagues
    • Best Skater (by points) on one Stanley Cup Runner Up (’28 Maroons) and one Final Four (’38 Americans),
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on four Final Fours (’30 Maroons, ’33, ’35 Bruins, ’36 Americans),
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (’32 Maroons)

It’s between Morenz and Stewart for who was the Greatest Of All Time (at least, in terms of forwards) prior to the Original Six era.

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