Eddie Shore

Career

  • NHL: 1926-40; 14 seasons, 11 quality[1. By Defensive Point Shares]
  • Totals:
    • 105G,
    • 179A (7th All Time at his retirement) for
    • 284P (21st) in
    • 550 Games (13th),
    • 51.4 PS (4th)
  • At his retirement, Shore was 21st in GPG, 4th in APG and 12th in PPG[2. Minimum 500 games – 25 qualifying players]
  • At his retirement, Shore was 10th All Time in Offensive Point Shares and 3rd in Defensive Point Shares
  • Era: Shore is 8th in Goals, GPG and Points, 3rd in Assists, 1st in APG and DPS,[3. Ahead by over 17 DPS] 6th in PPG, 5th in OPS, 2nd in PS and 10th in Games[4. Of the 10 skaters to play in at least 550 games between 1926 and 1940]
  • 82-game average: 16G, 27A for 43P
  • 3-year peak (1928-31): 44-game average of 14G, 15A for 28P
  • Playoffs: 7G, 12A for 19P in 55 games
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 196G, 525A for 721P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 29G, 78A for 107P
      • Per game: Shore is 18th All Time in Adjusted PPG if the requirement is set at 500 games
    • VsX:
  • Traded once in the NHL at the end of his career.

Accomplishments

  • Hart (’33, ’35, ’36, ’38[5. 3rd most trophies All Time and most ever by a defenceman])
  • Top 5 in Hart voting a further four times (’28, ’29, ’31, ’39)
  • Backcheck MVP (’33, ’36, ’38)
  • Best Player[6. By Point Shares] once (’29), Top 5 thrice (’31, ’33), Top 10 nine times (’28, ’30, ’35, ’36, ’38, ’39)
  • Best Defensive Player[7. By Defensive Point Shares] thrice (’30, ’33, ’38), Top 5 five times (’36, ’39), Top 10 nine times (’28, ’29, ’31, ’35)
  • Top 10 Offensive Player[8. By Offensive Point Shares] thrice (’29, ’31, ’33)
  • Scored 15 goals once,[9. 1 of only 11 defencemen to do so at his retirement] 10 goals five times[10. 1 of only 6 defencemen to do so at his retirement]
  • Set the single season record for assists in a season by a D, Top 5 in Assists twice, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in APG twice
  • Top 10 in Points twice
  • 1st Team All Star seven times, 2nd Team once.
  • Non-NHL:
    • WHL 1st Team All Star once.

Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Best D[11. By points] on two Champions (’29, ’39 Bruins), one Runner Up (’27 Bruins) and two Final Fours (’35, ’38 Bruins),
    • Top 2 D[12. By points] on one Runner Up (’30 Bruins) and two Final Fours (’31, ’33 Bruins), Top 4 D[13. By points] on one Final Four (’28 Bruins)

The problem with Eddie Shore’s candidacy for one of the Greatest Of All Time is the same problem we encounter later with Doug Harvey – the number of awards doesn’t quite match the (very limited) statistical record. Do we trust the hockey writers, who we know have made some very questionable decisions throughout their voting history, or do we try to look deeper into the record?

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