Paul Thompson


  • NHL: 1926-39; 13 seasons, 6 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
  • 153G (20th All Time at his retirement), 179A (7th) for 332P (12th) in 582 games (7th); 44.4 PS
  • At his retirement, Thompson was 13th All Time in GPG, 5th in APG and 8th in PPG[2. Minimum 500 games played, 22 qualifying players]
  • At his retirement, Thompson was 22nd All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • Era: Thompson is 5th in Goals and GPG, 3rd in Assists, 2nd in APG, 4th in Points, PPG and OPS, and 6th in PS and Games[3. Of the 7 players to play in at least 550 games between 1926 and 1939]
  • 82-game average: 21G, 25A for 47P
  • 3-year peak (1935-38): 48-game average of 19G, 22A for 41P
  • Playoffs: 11G, 11A for 22P in 48 games
  • Adjusted: 271G, 482A for 753P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 38G, 68A for 106P
  • If the qualifier is set to 500 games, Thompson is 19th All Time in Adjusted PPG
  • Traded once in his prime.


  • Top 5 in Hart voting once (’38)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player[4. by Offensive Point Shares] once (’38), Top 10 twice (’36)
  • Scored 20 goals twice
  • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 four times
  • Top 5in GPG once, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in Assists once, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in APG once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 5 in Points twice, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in PPG twice, Top 10 thrice
  • 1st Team All Star once, 2nd Team once.

Great Teams

  • Top 3 Forward[5. Led the playoffs in assists] on one Runner Up (’29 Rangers), Top 3 Forward[6. By points] on two Champions (’34, ’38 Black Hawks) and one Final Four (’31 Rangers), Role Player[7. By points] on one Champion (’28 Rangers) and two Final Fours (’27, ’30 Rangers)
  • Best Player[8. By points] on one Memorial Cup Champion (’26 Canadians)


Thompson is not currently in the Hall of Fame and I don’t think I have a problem with that; he had a couple good years.

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