Does Duncan “Mickey” MacKay Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Mickey MacKay was one of the PCHA’s great hockey players. When the PCHA merged with the WCHL, he was a star in the WCHL as well. With his mediocre NHL numbers, does he belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

We talk about MacKay’s case for the Hall of Fame on our latest episode. Listen here:

Mickey Mackay’s stats:

Career:

  • NHL: 1926-30; 4 seasons, 2 quality
  • 44G, 19A for 63P in 147 games; 14.6 PS
  • Era: Of the 31 players age 30 or older who played in at least 82 games between 1926 and 1930, MacKay is
    • 3rd in Goals
    • 6th in GPG
    • 9th in Assists
    • 10th in APG and Point Shares
    • 4th in Points and Offensive Point Shares
    • 7th in PPG
  • 82-game average: 25G, 11A for 35P
  • 3-year peak (1926-29): 44-game average of 16G, 6A for 22P
  • No possession stats obviously
  • Playoffs: 0P in 11 games
  • Adjusted: 88G, 105A for 193P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 49G, 59A for 108P
  • MacKay does not qualify for any per game leader boards
  • Traded into the NHL for money, traded within the NHL for money and traded with money for Frank Frederickson, who was slightly younger.
  • PCHA:
    • 1914-19, 1920-24; 9 seasons, all quality
    • 159G (4th All Time), 82A (as high as 2nd All Time) for 241P (3rd All Time) in 192 games (as high as 7th All Time)
    • If the qualifier is set to 82 games, MacKay is probably 8th All Time in GPG, 5th in APG and PPG
    • 30-game average: 25G, 13A for 38P
    • Didn’t calculate a 3-year peak because it’s too complicated
    • Playoffs: 5G, 4A for 9P in 10 games
    • Left the PCHA for a season to play “amateur” hockey (he was likely paid).
  • WCHL:
    • 1924-26; 2 seasons, both quality
    • 39G (as high as 15th All Time), 10A (maybe as high as 22nd but unlikely) for 49P (as high as 21st) in 55 games (as high as 23rd, again unlikely)
    • If the qualifier is set to an absurd 30 games (i.e. one season), MacKay is 4th All Time in GPG, 21st in APG and 10th in PPG
    • 30-game average: 21G, 5A for 27P
    • No playoff games.

Accomplishments:

  • Top 10 in GPG twice
  • Top 10 in Assists once
  • PCHA:
    • Led the PCHA in Goals twice, Top 5 at least three times, Top 10 as many as nine times
    • Led the PCHA in GPG twice, Top 5 probably four times, Top 10 as many as nine times
    • Led the PCHA in Assists at least once, Top 5 at probably five times, Top 10 as many as nine times
    • Led the PCHA in APG once, Top 5 as many as six times, Top 10 as many as nine times
    • Top 5 in Points five times, Top 10 nine times
    • Top 5 in PGP three times, Top 10 nine times
  • WCHL:
    • Led the WCHL in Goals once
    • Led the WCHL in GPG once
    • Top 10 in Assists once
    • Top 10 in APG once
    • Led the WCHL in Points once
    • Top 5 in PPG once.

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Role Player on one Champion (‘29 Bruins)
  • PCHA:
    • Best Player on one Stanley Cup Runner Up (‘18 Millionaires)
    • Top 3? Forward (by Points) on one Stanley Cup Champion (‘15 Millionaires)

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