Does Joseph Didier Pitre Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

In this episode we discuss Didier Pitre, a star of the National Hockey Association (NHA) who played in the NHL only in last mid-late 30s. Does he belong?

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Iginla, Selanne, Pitre

Joseph Didier’s Career:

  • NHL: 1917-1923; 6 seasons, 4 quality (by modern standards of PPG)
  • Totals:
    • 64G (12th All Time at his retirement),
    • 33A (11th) for
    • 97P (14th) in
    • 127 games (9th);
    • 8.7 PS (20th)
    • At his retirement, Pitre was 21st All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • Per Game: Pitre doesn’t qualify for the leader-boards but, if the qualifier is set to a ridiculously low 82 games played, at his retirement, Pitre was
    • 17th in GPG and APG
    • 18th in PPG
  • Not drafted
  • 82-game average: 41G, 21A for 62P
  • 3-year peak (1917-20): 24-game average of 18G, 9A for 27P
  • Playoffs:
    • 2G,
    • 4A for
    • 6P in
    • 9 games
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 86G,
      • 152A for
      • 238P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 56G, 98A for 154P
      • Per Game: He doesn’t qualify but, if the qualifier is set to an absurd 82 games, Pitre is 17th All Time in Adjusted PPG
    • VsX: Doesn’t qualify
  • Traded once prior to the existence of the NHL cash
  • NHA:
    • Totals: Pitre is possibly
      • 3rd All Time in Goals
      • 5th All Time in Assists
      • 3rd All Time in Points
      • 3rd All Time in Games Played [this one is pretty sketchy]
    • Per Game: 12th All Time in PPG [playing way more games than most players]
  • Pitre was also a star in the short-lived International Professional Hockey League (pre NHA), though how he compares to his contemporaries in that league is too much work

Didier Pitre’s Accomplishments:

  • Top Player:
    • Top 10 Offensive Player (by OPS) twice (’18, ’19)
    • Top 10 Defensive Player (by DPS) once (‘18)* [Huge fucking asterisk]
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Goals once,
      • Top 10 thrice
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in GPG thrice
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Assists once,
      • Top 10 twice
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in APG once
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Points once,
      • Top 10 thrice
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in PPG once,
      • Top 10 thrice.
  • Pre-NHL:
    • Led the IHL (IPHL) in 1905-06 in scoring
    • Led the NHA in assists and points in 1915-1916

Didier Pitre’s Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Top 3? Forward (led the NHL playoffs in assists) on one NHL Champion/Stanley Cup Finalist (’19 Canadiens, Cup cancelled due to Spanish Flu), Top 6? Forward on two NHL Runners Up (’18, ’23 Canadiens)
  • NHA:
    • Best Player? (led playoffs in Goals) on one Stanley Cup Champion (’16 Canadiens) and one Stanley Cup Runner Up (’17 Canadiens)
    • Reserve? on one Stanley Cup Runner Up (’09 Professionals)

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