Does Corb Denneny Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Unlike his brother Cy, Charles “Corb” Corbett Denneny is not in the Hockey Hall of Fame, despite having a pretty decent career.

In this episode, we talk about Corb and how he compares to some of his contemporaries who are in the Hall already. Does he deserve to be inducted now?

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Corb Denneny’s stats:

Career

  • NHL: 1917-23, 1923-24, 1926-28; 9 seasons, 5 quality (by moderns standards of PPG)
  • 103G (11th All Time when he was traded out of the NHL), 42A (15th) for 145P (11th) in 176 games (20th); 15.7 PS
  • At his retirement, Denneny was 9th All Time in GPG, 15th in APG and 11th in PPG (minimum 82 games)
  • 82-game average: 48G, 20A for 67P
  • 3-year peak (1919-22): 24-game average of 22G, 10A for 32P
  • NHL Playoffs: 1G for 1P in 6 games
  • Adjusted: 140G, 194A for 334P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 65G, 90A for 156P
  • Denneny doesn’t qualify for PG leaderboards but if the qualifier is set to 82-games, Denneny is 15th All Time in Adjusted PPG
  • Traded within the NHL once in his prime, waived out of the NHL once, traded in and out of the NHL multiple times.
  • NHA:
    • 1914-17, 3 seasons, all quality
    • 52G (as high as 17th All Time), 8A (as high as 23rd but unlikely) for 60P (a high as 20th) in 61 games (as high as 16th)
    • If the qualifier is set to 60 games (3 seasons) Denneny is as high as 10th All Time in GPG and 13th in APG and PPG
    • 20-game average: 17G, 3A for 20P
    • Playoffs: 0P in 2 games
    • Never traded.
  • PCHA:
    • 1922-23; 1 below quality season
    • 7G, 3A for 10P in 21 games
    • Playoffs: 0P in 2 games
    • Traded into the PCHA, traded back out.
  • WCHL:
    • 1924-26; 2 seasons, both quality
    • 33G (as high as 19th All Time), 19A (as high as 14th) for 52P (as high as 16th) in 58 games (maybe as high as 18th)
    • If the qualifier is set to 30 games (1 season), Denneny is as high as 11th All Time in GPG, 14th in APG and 8th in PPG
    • Playoffs: 2G for 2P in 4 games
    • Entered the WCHL because he was waived by an NHL team.

Accomplishments

  • Scored 20 goals twice (1 of only 12 players to do so when he was traded out of the NHL)
  • Top 5 in Goals thrice, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in GPG twice, Top 10 four times
  • Top 5 in Assists twice, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in APG twice, Top 10 thrice
  • Top 5 in Points twice, Top 10 four times
  • Top 5 in PPG twice, Top 10 four times
  • NHA:
    • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 twice (less than half the league leader when he was Top 10)
    • Top 10 in GPG twice (less than half the league leader once)
    • Maybe Top 10 in Assists twice
    • Who knows if he was Top 10 in APG twice, but about ¼ the league leader both times
    • Top 10 in Points twice
    • Top 10 in PPG twice (less than half the league leader once)
  • No PCHA accomplishments
  • WCHL:
    • Top 10 in Goals once (just over half the league leader)
    • Top 10 in GPG once (less than half the league leader)
    • Probably led the league in Assists once
    • Led the league in APG once
    • Top 5 in Points once
    • Top 5 in PPG once

Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on two NHL Stanley Cup Champions (’18 Arenas, 22 St. Patricks),
    • Unknown role (because nobody scored) on one NHL Runner Up (’21 St. Patricks)
  • PCHA:
    • Unknown role (because I can’t find the stats) on one PCHA Champion (’23 Maroons)


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