Does Jack Adams Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame as a Player?

Jack Adams is an obvious Hall of Famer, the only person to win the Stanley Cup as a player, a coach and a GM, and that Jack Adams, he of the NHL’s Coach of the Year award. But was he really a Hall of Fame player?

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Jack Adams’ stats:

Career

  • NHL: 1917-19, 1922-27; 7 seasons, 4 quality (by modern standards of PPG)
  • 83G (15th All Time at his retirement), 32A (22nd) for 115P (16th) in 173 games (16th); 20.9 PS (20th)
  • At his retirement, Adams was 19th All Time in GPG and 22nd in PPG
  • 82-game average: 39G, 15A for 54P
  • 3-year peak (1922-25): 30-game average of 23G, 15A for 32P
  • Playoffs: 2G for 2P in 10 games
  • Adjusted: 147G, 180A for 327P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 70G, 85A for 155P
  • If the qualifier is set to 82 games, Adams is 16th All Time in Adjusted GPG
  • Traded out of the NHL once, traded into the NHL once and traded within the NHL once:
    • Traded into the NHL for Corb Denneny
    • Traded for cash twice.
  • PCHA:
    • 1919-22, 3 seasons, all quality
    • 52G (22nd All Time at best), 22A (All Time at best – likely not) for 74P (23rd All Time at best) in 70 games (25th All Time – unlikely)
    • If the qualifier is set to 2 seasons played, Adams is 10th All Time in GPG and PPG, and 11th in APG
    • Playoffs: 4G for 4P in 6 PCHA playoff games and 6G, 1A for 7P in 5 Stanley Cup Final games.

Accomplishments

  • Top 10 Player (by PS) twice (’23, ’25)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player twice (’23, ’25), Top 10 four times (’24, ’26)
  • Scored 20 goals twice
  • Top 5 in Goals twice, Top 10 four times
  • Top 5 in GPG thrice, Top 10 four times
  • Top 10 in Assists twice
  • Top 10 in APG once
  • Top 5 in Points twice, Top 10 four times
  • Top 5 in PPG twice, Top 10 four times.
  • PCHA:
    • Led the PCHA in Goals once, Top 5 twice
    • Led the PCHA in GPG once, Top 5 at least twice
    • Top 5 in Assists once, Top 10 twice
    • Top 5 in APG once, Top 10 maybe twice
    • Led the PCHA in Points once, Top 5 twice
    • Led the PCHA in PPG once, Top 5 twice

Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Role Player? (by points) on two Stanley Cup Champions (’18 Arenas, ’27 Senators)
  • PCHA:
    • Best Skater on one Stanley Cup Runner Up (’22 Millionaires)
    • Top 3? Forward on one Stanley Cup Runner Up (’21 Millionaires)


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