Does Bernie Morris Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Bernie Morris had one of the greatest Stanley Cup Finals performances in hockey history, scoring 14 of his team’s 23 goals (in 4 games!) in 1917. But he is not in the Hall of Fame.

In this episode, we discuss his career and his case. Listen here:

Career:

  • NHL:
    • 1924-25; 1 season, 0 quality
    • 1G, 1A for 2P in 6 games
    • Did not play enough for era/per-season calculations
    • Playoffs: 0 games
    • Trades:
      • Traded into the NHL at 34 and then traded the same day with Bobby Benson (30) for Alf Skinner (28) [It’s possible this is a 3-way trade]
      • Waived 6 games later
  • PCHA:
    • 1914-23; 8 seasons, all quality
    • 155G (5th? All Time), 76A (4th?) for 231P (4th?) in 167 Games (11th?)
    • If the qualifier is set at 90 games (3 seasons), Morris is probably 2nd All time in GPG, APG and PPG [behind Cyclone Taylor]
    • 30-game average: 28G, 14A for 41P
    • [3 year peak too hard to calculate]
    • Playoffs: 2G for 2P in 6 GP
    • Traded out of the PCHA
  • WCHL:
    • 1923-25; 2 seasons, 1 quality
    • 19G (25th All Time at best), 9A (20th at best) for 28P (23rd at best) in 44 games (25th at best)
    • If the qualifier is set to 28 games (one season), Morris is, at best, 20th All Time in GPG, 18th in APG and 19th in PPG
    • 28-game average of 12G, 6A for 18P
    • [Did not play long enough for a 3-year peak]
    • Playoffs: 1G, 1A for 2P in 2 Games
    • Trades:
      • Traded into the WCHL
      • Traded out of the WCHL.

Accomplishments:

  • NHL: None
  • PCHA:
    • Led league in Goals once, Top 5 six times, Top 10 seven times
    • Led league in GPG once, Top 5 six times, Top 10 seven times
    • Scored 35 goals once, scored 20 goals five times
    • Led league in Assists twice, Top 5 five times, Top 10 seven times
    • Led the league in APG once, Top 5 five times, Top 10 seven times
    • Led league in Points once, Top 5 five times, Top 10 seven times
    • Top 5 in PPG six times, Top 10 seven times
    • Scored 50 points once
    • All Star:
      • 1st Team All Star five times
      • 2nd Team twice
  • WCHL:
    • Top 10 in Goals once
    • Top 10 in GPG once
    • Possibly Top 10 in Assists once
    • Possibly Top 10 in APG once
    • Top 10 in Points once
    • Top 10 in PPG once

Great Teams

  • NHL: None
  • PCHA:
    • Best Player (scored 61% of team goals) on one Stanley Cup Champion (‘17 Metropolitans)
    • Unknown Role on one Stanley Cup Runner Up (‘20 Metropolitans)
    • Ineligible to play on one Stanley Cup participant (‘19 Metropolitans) due to legal bullshit
  • WCHL:
    • Unknown role on one Stanley Cup Runner Up (‘24 Tigers)

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