Does Frank Fredrickson Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Fredrickson entered the NHL in his 30s but, before that, he was an absolute star of the PCHA, perhaps the 3rd best player in its history.

Is that good enough for him to be in the Hall of Fame?

Listen to us talk about him in our latest episode:

Fredrickson’s stats:

Career:

  • NHL: 
    • 1926-31; 5 seasons, 1 quality (by modern standards of PPG)
    • 39G, 34A for 73P in 161 games; 15.2 PS
    • Era: Of the 16 players 30 years of age or older who played at least 132 games between 1926 and 1931 (3 full seasons), Fredrickson is
      • 5th in Goals
      • 5th in GPG
      • 3rd in Assists
      • 3rd in APG
      • 4th in Points
      • 4th in PPG
      • 5th in Offensive Point shares
      • 10th in Point Shares
    • 44-game average: 11G, 9A for 20P
    • 3-year peak (1926-29): 44-game average of 12G, 9A for 20P [We omitted his best season by PPG because he played in only 9 games and it skews the results]
    • No possession stats
    • Playoffs: 2G, 4A for 5P in 10 games
    • Adjusted: 75G (+36), 193A (+159) for 268P (+195)
    • Adjusted 82-game average: 38G, 81A for 136P
    • Fredrickson played slightly less than 2 modern seasons so assessing his ranking on the adjusted leaderboards is unfair
    • Trades:
      • Bought into the NHL at age 30
      • Traded at 31 with Harry Meeking (32) for Duke Keats (31) and Archie Biden (28)
      • Traded at 33 for Mickey McKay (34) and cash
      • Waived at 35.
  • PCHA:
    • 1920-24; 4 seasons, all quality
    • 93G (9th All Time), 46A (12th All Time) for 139P (9th) in 105 games (at best 17th All Time)
    • If the qualifier is set to 90 games (3 seasons), Fredrickson is 3rd All Time in GPG, APG and PPG
    • No 3-year peak because it’s too hard
    • Playoffs: 2G for 2P in 2 games
    • Never traded.
  • WCHL:
    • 1924-26; 2 seasons, both quality
    • 38G (17th All Time), 16A (19th All Time) for 54P (15th All Time) in 58 games (at best 18th All Time)
    • If the qualifier is set to 30 games (1 season), Fredrickson is 7th All Time in GPG, 9th in APG and 6th in PPG
    • Playoffs: 9G, 5A for 14P in 16 games
    • Never traded.

Accomplishments:

  • NHL:
    • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘27)
    • Top 5 in Goals once
    • Top 10 in GPG once
    • Top 5 in Assists once, Top 10 twice
    • Top 5 in Points once
    • Top 5 in PPG once
  • PCHA:
    • [Spoiler Alert] We’d give him the MVP in two seasons (‘21, ‘23)
    • Led the league in Goals once, Top 5 in Goals four times
    • Led the league in GPG once, Top 5 four times
    • Led the league in Assists once, Top 5 four times [As usual, assists are a guess]
    • Top 5 in APG once, Top four times
    • Led the league in Points twice, Top 5 four times
    • Led the league in PPG twice, Top 5 four times
    • 1st Team All Star four times
  • WCHL:
    • Top 5 in Goals once, Top 10 twice
    • Top 5 in GPG once, Top 10 twice [Top 5 season was less than half the leader]
    • Top 10 in Assists twice [guess]
    • Top 10 in APG twice
    • Top 5 in Points once, Top 10 twice
    • Top 19 in PPG twice
    • 1st Team All Star once

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘27 Bruins) and one Final Four (‘28 Bruins)
    • On the Stanley Cup for 1929 but had been traded during the year [apparently against the rules]
  • Olympics:
    • Best Player on one Champion (‘20 Canada)
  • PCHA:
    • Best Player? On one PCHA runner Up (‘23 Cougars)
  • WCHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Stanley Cup Champion (‘25 Cougars) and one Stanley Cup Runner Up/WHL Champion (‘26 Cougars)
  • Amateur:
    • Captain of one Allan Cup Champion (‘20 Falcons)

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