Elmer Lach

Career

  • NHL: 1940-54; 14 seasons, 12 quality
  • Totals:
    • 215G (20th All Time at his retirement),
    • 408A (1st[1. Lach held the career lead in assists from 1951-52 until 1957-58]) for
    • 623P (2nd[2. Lach held the career lead in points from 1951-52 until 1953-54]) in
    • 664 games (8th);
    • 61.1 PS (24th)
  • At his retirement, Lach was 21st All Time in GPG, 2nd in APG[3.┬áLach held the career record for APG in 1951-52] and 5th in PPG[4. Minimum 500 games]
  • At his retirement, Lach was 15th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • Era: Lach is 5th in Goals and GPG, 1st in Assists and APG, 2nd in Points, PPG and Games, 3rd in OPS, 4th in PS[5. Of the 10 players to play in at least 600 games between 1940 and 1954, as only 3 players played in 650 games]
  • 82-game average: 26G, 50A for 77P
  • 3-year peak (1942-45): 50-game average of 24G, 50A for 73P
  • Playoffs:
    • 19G,
    • 45A[6.┬áLach held the career record for playoff assists from 1952 until 1957][7. Lach held the career record for playoff APG, among all qualifying players, from 1946 until 1952] for
    • 64P in
    • 76 games
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 248G, 568A 816P
      • Adjusted 82-game: 31G, 70A for 101P
      • Per Game:
    • VsX:
  • Never traded.

Accomplishments

  • Hart (’45)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting a further two times (’48, ’52)
  • Back Check MVP (’44, ’45)
  • Back Check Best Player (’45, ’48)
  • Art Ross (’48)
  • Top 5 Player[8. By Point Shares] once (’48), Top 10 twice (’45)
  • Best Offensive Player[9. By Offensive Point Shares] once (’48), Top 5 twice (’45), Top 10 thrice (’52)
  • Goals:
    • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 thrice
    • Top 5 in GPG once, Top 10 twice
    • Scored 30 goals once, 25 goals twice, 20 goals four times
  • Assists:
    • Led the league in Assists thrice, Top 5 seven times
    • Led the league in APG twice, Top 5 seven times
    • Single-season totals:
      • Tallied 50 assists twice,[10. The only player to do so at his retirement]
      • 40 assists four times[11. 1 of only 2 players to do so at his retirement]
  • Points:
    • Led the league in Points twice, Top 5 four times, Top 10 six times
    • Led the league in PPG twice, Top 5 five times, Top 10 six times
    • Single-season totals:
      • Scored 80 points once,[12. 1 of only 3 players at his retirement]
      • 70 points twice,[13. 1 of only 7 players to do so at his retirement]
      • 60 points four times,[14. 1 of only 6 players to do so at his retirement]
      • 50 points five times[15. 1 of only 13 players to do so at his retirement]
  • 1st Team All Star thrice, 2nd Team team twice
  • 3 All Star Games
  • VsX:

Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Best Player[16. Set the single-playoff record in assists, which held until 1958 and APG, which held the record until 1975, and he also led the playoffs in points] on one Champion (’46 Canadiens),
    • Top 3 Forward[17. Set the single-season playoff record for APG, along with Toe Blake] on one Champion (’44 Canadiens) and one Final Four[18. Set the single playoff record in APG] (’45 Canadiens),
    • Top 3 Forward[19. By points] on one Champion (’53 Canadiens),
    • Top 6 Forward[20. By points] on two Runners Up (’51, ’52 Canadiens) and two Final Fours (’43, ’50 Canadiens),
    • Top 9 Forward[21. By points] on one Runner Up (’54 Canadiens),
    • Injured on one Final Four (’49 Canadiens).

Lach’s assist records make him look like a legitimate GOAT. But he was lucky and was one of the first players to take advantage of the league counting more assists.

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