Does Theo Fleury Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Flames fans will tell you Fleury belongs in the Hall of Fame. How do the rest of us feel? And what do we make of Fleury’s infamous substance abuse issues – do they disqualify him?

Listen to us talk about Theo Fleury’s case for the Hall of Fame here:

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Fleury’s stats:


  • NHL: 1988-2003; 15 seasons, all quality
  • 455G, 633A for 1088P, +145 in 1084 games, 110.3 PS, 20:37 ATOI (since 1998-99)
  • Drafted 166th overall in 1987. In his draft class Fleury is:
    • 4th in Goals, Assists, Points and Plus/Minus
    • 6th in Point Shares
    • 8th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 52 players to play in at least 1,000 games between 1988 and 2003, Fleury is
    • 10th in Goals and GPG
    • 15th in Assists and APG
    • 13th in Points and PPG
    • 9th in Plus/Minus and Offensive Point Shares
    • 18th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 34G, 48A for 82P, +11
  • 3-year peak (1992-95): 82-game average of 41G, 54A for 94P, +19 [Fleury basically has two overlapping three year peaks, of ‘90-’93 and ‘92-’95]
  • Fleury retired before possession stats were kept
  • Playoffs: 34G, 45A for 70P, +2 in 77 games
  • Adjusted: 468G, 643A for 1111P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 35G, 49A for 84P
  • Fleury is not on any adjusted PG leaderboards
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 28 (expiring contract) with Chris Dingman (22) for Rene Corbet (25), Wade Belak (22), Robyn Regehr (18) and 2nd round pick (Jarret Stoll)
    • Traded at nearly 32 as future considerations (his contract then expired).


  • Top 5 in Hart voting twice
  • Top 5 in Selke voting once
  • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (‘91)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) twice (‘91, ‘95), Top 10 three times (‘99)
  • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 three times
  • Top 5 in GPG once, Top 10 three times
  • Top 10 in Assists twice
  • Top 10 in APG once
  • Top 10 in Points three times
  • Top 10 in PPG four times
  • Led the league in Plus Minus once
  • Scored 50 goals once, 45 goals twice, 40 goals four times, 30 goals seven times, 25 goals ten times, 20 goals eleven times
  • Tallied 60 assists once, 50 assists five times, 40 assists nine times
  • Scored 100 points twice, 90 points four times, 80 points points five times, 70 points eight times, 60 points twelve times, 50 points thirteen times
  • 2nd Team All Star once
  • 7 All Star Game appearances.

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘99 Avalanche)
    • Top 9 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘89 Flames)
  • Olympics:
    • Role Player (by points) on one Champion (‘02 Canada)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘96 Canada)
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘91 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘91 Canada)
  • World Juniors:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘88 Canada)

2 thoughts on “Does Theo Fleury Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?”

  1. This is my favorite hockey player of all time. My idle and my role model. I don’t care substance abuse and drug issues or not it doesn’t matter to me the guy was a hell of a hockey player especially for his size. He should definatly be in the hall of fame. I don’t know how guys like Pavel Bure or Paul Kariya got in before him especially when he has more games played and points in his career over them both and having a stanley cup over both of them as well. Straight bull crap that he isn’t in the hall of fame.

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