Francis King Clancy

Career

  • NHL: 1921-37; 16 seasons, 15 quality[1. By Defensive Point Shares]
  • 136G (23rd All Time at his retirement), 147A (7th) for 283P (13th) in 592 games (2nd[2. Clancy was the career leader in Games Played from the 1934-35 season to the next season]); 104. 3 PS (1st)
  • Clancy was 10th All Time in GPG, 8th in APG and 10th in PPG at his retirement[3. If the qualifier is set to 500 games, 15 qualifying players]
  • At his retirement, Clancy was 1st All Time in Defensive Point Shares
  • Era: Clancy is 7th in Goals, 9th in GPG and PPG, 6th in Assists and OPS, 8th in APG and Points, 1st in DPS and PS, 2nd in Games[4. Of the 14 skaters to play in at least 500 games between 1921 and 1937, as only 4 players played in 550 games]
  • 82-game average: 19G, 21A for 40P
  • 3-year peak (1927-30): 44-game average of 13G, 11A for 24P
  • Playoffs: 8G, 8A for 16P in 55 games
  • Adjusted: 247G, 550A for 797P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 34G, 76A for 110P
  • Traded once.

Accomplishments

  • Top 5 in Hart voting five times (’27, ’29, ’30, ’31, ’34)
  • Top 5 Player[5. By Point Shares] once (’25), Top 10 eight times (’24, ’26, ’27, ’30, ’33, 3’4)
  • Best Defensive Player[6. By Defensive Point Shares] twice (’22, ’31), Top 5 six times (’23, ’24, ’26, ’27), Top 10 eleven times (’25, ’28, ’30, ’33, ’36)
  • Scored 15 goals once, 10 goals six times[7. Only defenceman to do so at his retirement]
  • Top 10 in Goals once
  • Set the single season record for assists by a D, Top 5 in Assists thrice
  • Top 5 in APG once
  • Set the single season record for points by a D, Top 10 in Points once
  • Top 10 in PPG once
  • 1st Team All Star twice, 2nd Team twice.

Great Teams[8.Clancy played nearly half his career when the Stanley Cup was a challenge cup.]

  • Best Skater[9. By points] on one NHL Runner Up (’26 Senators), Best D[10. By points] on one NHL Stanley Cup Champion (’27 Senators) and two NHL/Stanley Cup Runners Up (’33, ’36 Maple Leafs), Top 2 D[11. By points] on one NHL/Stanley Cup Champion (’32 Maple Leafs), one Stanley Cup Champion (’23 Senators), one NHL/Stanley Cup Runner Up (’35 Maple Leafs), one NHL Runner Up (’24 Senators), one NHL/Stanley Cup Final Four (’34 Maple Leafs), Top 2 D?[12. By point] on one NHL Runner Up (’22 Senators)

 

Clancy was, along with Georges Boucher, the best D of the NHL’s early years.

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