Why is Edgar Laprade in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

There are few more controversial inductees than New York Rangers centre Edgar Laprade.

If you don’t know about the controversy, it’s because Laprade was inducted in the early 1990s, before internet hockey Hall of Fame discussion really took off.

But, make no mistake, Laprade’s case is slight. (To put it mildly.) We really don’t know why he’s in.

If you know, please comment below.

And listen to us try to figure out why Laprade is in the Hockey Hall of Fame here:

Hall of Fame Class of 1993: Edgar Laprade, Guy Lapointe, Steve Shutt, Billy Smith

Edgar Laprade’s Career:

  • NHL: 1945-55, 10 seasons, 8 quality
  • Totals:
    • 108G,
    • 172A for
    • 280P in
    • 500 Games;
    • 23 PS
  • Per Game: Laprade doesn’t qualify for the leader-boards, but if the qualifier is set to 410 games played (5 modern seasons) at his retirement, Laprade is not in the Top 25
  • Not drafted
  • Era: Of the 43 skaters to play in 410 games between 1945 and 1955, Laprade is
    • 22nd in Goals
    • 20th in GPG
    • 19th in Assists
    • 16th in APG
    • 21st in Points
    • 19th in PPG
    • 23rd in Offensive Point Shares
    • 35th in Defensive Point Shares (24th Forward)
    • 33rd in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 18G, 28A for 46P
  • 3-year peak (1945-48): 60-game average of 16G, 28A for 44P
  • Playoffs:
    • 4G,
    • 9A for 
    • 13P in
    • 18 Games
    • Era: of the 143 skaters to play in at least 10 playoff games between 1945 and 1955, Laprade is
      • 65th in Goals
      • 36th in GPG
      • 37th in Assists
      • 5th in APG
      • 47th in Points
      • 11th in PPG
      • 93rd in Games Played
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 131G
      • 251A for
      • 328P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 21G, 41A for 63P (+17P per 82 games)
    • VsX: Doesn’t qualify for the adjustment
  • Never traded.

Edgar Laprade’s Accomplishments:

  • Calder (‘46)
  • Lady Byng (‘50)
  • Never a top player by Point Shares
  • Goals:
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in GPG once
    • Single-season totals:
      • Scored 20 goals once
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Assists once
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in APG once
  • All Star:
    • 4 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX Peak: Doesn’t qualify for the adjustment
  • Amateur:
    • TBSHL MVP twice

Edgar Laprade’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward on one Runner Up (‘50 Rangers)
    • Top 3 or 6 Forward (tied for 3rd in points with a Hall of Famer) on one Final Four (‘48 Rangers)
  • Allan Cup:
    • Best Player? (by points?) on one Allan Cup Champion (‘39 Bearcats)

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