Hector Kilrea

Career

  • NHL: 1925-40; 15 seasons, 5 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
  • 167G (15th All Time at his retirement), 129A for 296P (18th) in 633 games (4th); 44.9 PS
  • At his retirement, Kilrea was 14th All Time in GPG, 20th in APG and 16th in PPG[2. Minimum 500 games, 25 qualifying players]
  • Era: Kilrea is 5th in Goals and GPG, 8th in Assists and OPS, APG and PPG, 6th in Points, 7th in PS and 3rd in Games[3. Of the 10 players to play in at least 550 games between 1925 and 1940, because only 3 players managed to play in 600 games over that span]
  • 82-game average: 21G, 16A for 39P
  • 3-year peak (1929-32): 44-game average of 23G, 12A for 35P
  • Playoffs: 8G, 7A for 15P in 48 games
  • Adjusted: 296G, 395A for 691P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 38G, 51A for 90P
  • Traded twice in his prime.

Accomplishments

  • Top 5 Player[4. By Point Shares] once (’30)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player[5. By Offensive Point Shares] once (’30), Top 10 twice (’28)
  • Scored 35 goals once[6. 1 of only 10 players to do so at his retirement]
  • Tallied 50 points once[7. 1 of only 14 players to so so at his retirement]
  • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 5 in GPG once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 10 in Assists once
  • Top 10 in APG once
  • Top 5 in Points once
  • Top 5 in PPG once.

Great Teams

  • Top 3 Forward[8. By points] on one Champion (’27 Senators) and one Runner Up (’26 Senators), Top 6 Forward[9. By points] on one Champion (’37 Red Wings) and two Final Fours (’34, Maple Leafs, ’39 Red Wings), Top 9 Forward[10. By points] on one Champion (’36 Red Wings), Role Player[11. By points] on one Final Four (’35 Maple Leafs).

 

Kilrea presents a conundrum: what do we do with longevity qualifiers when a player had only one or two good years? Worse, Kilrea’s best year came when the league began to allow forward passing and so scoring briefly exploded.[12. Weiland set the single season record in points that season]

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