Does Tommy Smith Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Tommy Smith is a player we really had never heard of.

Why? Because he played 10 games in the NHL. He scored 1 point.

But Tommy Smith is one of the best players in the history of the NHA.

Additionally, he dominated every amateur and semi-pro and early pro league he was in.

He probably belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Listen to us talk about Tommy Smith:

Tommy Smith’s stats:

Career:

  • NHL:
    • 1919-20; 1 below quality season
    • 1A for 1P in 10 games
  • NHA:
    • 1912-17; 5 seasons, all quality
    • 141G (5th All Time), 17A (12th) for 158P (6th) in 93 games (as high as 12th)
    • If the qualifier is set to 80 games (four seasons), Smith is
      • 2nd All Time in GPG
      • 9th All Time in APG
      • 3rd All Time in PPG
    • 20-game average: 30G, 4A for 34P
    • Didn’t calculate a 3-year peak because it’s too hard
    • Playoffs: 2G for 2P in 2 games
    • Traded three times, all to avoid the PCHA Draft [so basically the opposite of a normal trade where the team actually wants to get rid of the player, instead its owner collusion not to lose him to a rival league, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Smith_(ice_hockey)]
  • OPHL:
    • 1908-11; 3 seasons, 2 quality
    • 63G for 63P in 33 games
    • 12 game average: 23G for 23P
    • Playoffs: 10G for 10P in 3 games
  • IPHL:
    • 1906-07; 1 quality season
    • 31G, 13A for 44P in 23 games
  • MPHL:
    • 1911-12, 1 quality season
    • 53G for 53P in 18 games
  • WPHL:
    • 1907-09; 2 seasons, 1 quality (by games played, as he left mid-season)
    • 48G for 48P in 22 games
    • 15 game average: 33G for 33P in 15 games
    • Playoffs: 5G for 5P in 4 games
  • TPHL:
    • 1908-09, 1 game
    • 3G for 3P in 1 game.

Accomplishments:

  • NHL:
    • No accomplishments
  • NHA:
    • [Spoiler] Won our unofficial NHA MVP award three years in a row (‘13. ‘14, ‘15)
    • Led the league in Goals twice, Top 5 in Goals three times
    • Led the league in GPG three times (twice by over .4 GPG)
    • Top 10 in Assists twice
    • Top 10 in APG twice
    • Led the league in points twice, Top 5 three times
    • Led the league in PPG three times
  • OPHL: 
    • Scored 40 goals once, 20 goals twice
    • Accomplishments relative to the rest of the league unknown
  • IPHL:
    • Scored 30 goals once
    • Accomplishments relative to the rest of the league unknown
  • MPHL:
    • Scored 50 goals once
    • Accomplishments relative to the rest of the league unknown
  • WPHL:
    • Scored 30 goals once
    • Accomplishments relative to the rest of the league unknown
  • TPHL: None

Great Teams:

  • NHA:
    • Top 3 Forward on one Stanley Cup Champion and successful defender (‘13 Bulldogs)
    • Top 3? Forward one NHA Champion Stanley Cup Runner Up (‘17 Canadiens)
  • OPHL:
    • Top 3 Forward on one Stanley Cup Runner Up (‘11 Professionals)
  • MPHL:
    • Best Player? On one Stanley Cup Champion (‘12 Victorias)
  • Amateur:
    • Unknown role on the “Silver Seven” Ottawa HC which won and then successfully defended the Stanley Cup in 1906

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