Does Cully Wilson Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Cully Wilson was a notorious goon of a hockey player. He is also one of the rare early pros to have success in all four major pro leagues. Does he belong in the Hall of Fame?

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Cully Wilson’s Career:

  • NHL:
    • 1919-23, 1926-27; 5 seasons, 4 quality by modern standards of PPG
    • Totals: 
      • 59G (24th All Time when he was traded out of the NHL),
      • 29A for
      • 88P (t-25th All Time when he was traded) in
      • 130 GP (25th All Time when he was traded);
      • 9 PS
    • Era: Of the 21 players to play at least 72 games (3 contemporary seasons) between 1919 and 1923, Wilson is
      • 12th in Goals
      • 10th in GPG
      • 14th in Assists and APG
      • 12th in Points
      • 13th in PPG
      • 13th in Offensive Point Shares
      • 18th (4th last) in Point Shares
    • 44-game average: 20G, 10A for 30
    • 3-year peak (1919-22): 24-game average of 13G, 7A for 20P [Doesn’t contain his second best season!]
    • Playoffs: 1G for 1P in 2 games
    • Adjusted:
      • Hockey-Reference:
        • 81G, 123A for 204P
        • 82-game average: 51G, 78A for 129P
        • Doesn’t qualify for PG leaderboards
      • VsX: Doesn’t qualify for the adjustment
    • Trades:
      • Traded at 29 for Ed Carpenter (31)
      • Traded out of the NHL (the first time) for cash
      • Traded into the NHL for cash
      • Traded out of the NHL (old version of waiving)
      • Suspended for part of a season for refusing to report
  • NHA:
    • 1912-15; 3 seasons, all quality
    • Totals:
      • 43G (24th All time at best),
      • 9A (22nd All Time at best) for
      • 52P (24th All Time at best) in
      • 59 Games (18th All time at best)
    • If the qualifier is 40 games (2 seasons) Wilson is might be 
      • 22nd All Time in GPG
      • 20th All time in APG
      • 22nd All Time in PPG
    • 20-game average of 15G, 3A for 18P
    • Playoffs: 0P in 2 games
    • No trades
  • PCHA:
    • 1915-19; 4 seasons, all quality
    • Totals:
      • 44G (24th All Time at best),
      • 23A (21st All Time at best) for 
      • 67P (25th All Time at best) in
      • 68 Games
    • If the qualifier is set to 60 games (3 seasons), Wilson is might be
      • 15th All Time in GPG
      • 10th All Time in APG
      • 14th All time in PPG
    • 20-game average of 13G, 7A for 20P
    • Playoffs: 1G, 1A for 2P in 4 games
    • No trades.
  • WCHL:
    • 1923-26; 3 seasons, all quality
    • Totals:
      • 41G (14th All Time at best), 
      • 17A (17th All Time at best) for 
      • 58P in (14th All Time at best)
      • 88 games (16th All Time at best)
    • If the qualifier is set at 84 games (3 seasons), Wilson might be
      • 11th in GPG
      • 13th in APG
      • 11th in PPG
    • 28-game average of 13G, 5A for 18P
    • Playoffs: 1G for 1P in 2 games
    • Trades:
      • Traded into the league for cash
      • Traded out of the league for cash.

Cully Wilson’s Accomplishments:

  • NHL:
    • Top 10 Offensive Player (by OPS) twice (‘20, ‘23)
    • Goals:
      • Top 10 in Goals twice
      • Top 10 in GPG once
      • Scored 20 goals once
    • Assists:
      • Top 10 in Assists once
      • Top 10 in APG once
    • Points:
      • Top 10 in Points twice
      • Top 10 in PPG twice
  • NHA:
    • Goals:
      • Top 10 in Goals once
      • Top 10 in GPG once
    • Assists:
      • Top 5 in Assists probably once
      • Top 10 in APG once
    • Points:
      • Top 10 in Points once
      • Top 10 in PPG once
  • PCHA:
    • Goals:
      • Top 10 in Goals once
      • Top 10 in GPG once
    • Assists:
      • Top 5 in Assists probably once
      • Top 10 in APG ponce
    • Points:
      • Top 10 in Points once
      • Top 10 in PPG once
    • 1st Team All Star once
  • WCHL:
    • Goals:
      • Top 10 in Goals once
      • Top 10 in GPG once
    • Assists:
      • Top 10 in Assists once
      • Top 10 in APG once maybe
    • Points:
      • Top 10 in Points once
      • Top 10 in PPG once probably
    • 2nd Team All Star once

Cully Wilson’s Great Teams:

  • NHL: none
  • NHA:
    • Unknown role (2 or 3 goals in 3 games but listed as a “spare”) on one Champion (‘14 Blueshirts)
  • PCHA:
    • Top 3? Forward on one Champion (‘17 Metropolitans) and one Runner Up (‘19 Metropolitans)
    • Unknown role on one PCHA Runner Up (‘19 Metropolitans)
  • WCHL:
    • Unknown role on one Runner Up (‘24 Tigers) and one WCHL Champion (‘25 Tigers)

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