Why is Bob Pulford in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Bob Pulford is in the Hockey Hall of Fame. If you’re a Leafs fan, like one of us, you probably never asked “why?”

Pulford led the playoffs in assists when the Leafs last one a Stanley Cup. He also led the league in Short-Handed goals three times. That’s basically his case.

Don’t believe us? Read on. Or listen to us talk about Bob Pulford’s Hall of Fame case here:

Hall of Fame Class of 1991: Bob Pulford, Clint Smith, Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy

Bob Pulford’s Career:

  • NHL: 1956-72; 16 seasons, 13 quality
  • Totals:
    • 281G (20th All Time at his retirement),
    • 362A for
    • 643P (21st All Time at his retirement),
    • -21 (since 1959-60) in
    • 1079 Games (21st All Time at his retirement);
    • 53 PS;
    • At his retirement, Pulford was 23rd All Time in Defensive Point Shares among forwards
  • Per Game: Not on any leader-boards
  • Not drafted
  • Era: Of the 16 skaters to play in at least 984 games (12 modern seasons) between 1956 and 1972, Pulford is
    • 9th in Goals
    • 9th in GPG
    • 10th in Assists
    • 10th in APG
    • 9th in Points
    • 9th in PPG (3rd last among qualifying players)
    • 11th in Plus/Minus
    • 10th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 14th in Defensive Point Shares
    • 13th in Point Shares
    • 4th in Games
  • 82-game average: 21G, 28A for 49P, -2
  • 3-year Peak (1965-68): 70-game average of 21G, 29A for 50P, +4 [Pulford’s 7 best seasons are spread out over a decade so this is slightly unfair]
  • No possession stats
  • Playoffs:
    • 25G,
    • 26A for
    • 51P,
    • -3 (since 1959-60) in
    • 89 Games
    • Per Game: not on any leader-boards
    • Era: Of the 28 skaters to play in at least 82 playoff games between 1956 and 1972, Pulford is
      • 9th in playoff Goals
      • 7th in playoff GPG
      • 18th in playoff Assists
      • 19th in playoff APG (doesn’t actually qualify)
      • 14th in playoff Points
      • 14th in playoff PPG (2nd last among qualifying players)
      • 22nd in playoff Plus/Minus
  • Adjusted for Era:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 300G,
      • 390A for
      • 690P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 23G, 30A for 52P (+3P per 82 games)
      • Per Game: obviously not in the Top 25
    • VsX:
      • 394G,
      • 532A
      • 775P
      • Per Game: Doesn’t qualify
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 34 for Garry Monahan (23) and Brian Murphy (23)

Bob Pulford’s Accomplishments:

  • Goals:
    • Top 10 in Goals twice
  • All Star:
    • 5 All Star Games
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 216th All Time
      • Assists: doesn’t qualify
      • Points: doesn’t qualify
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 178th All Time
      • Assists:doesn’t qualify
      • Points: doesn’t qualify

Bob Pulford’s Great Teams:

  • Top 3 Forward (led league in assists) on one Champion (‘67 Leafs)
  • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘66 Leafs)
  • Top 6 Forward (by points) on two Champions (‘62, ‘63 Leafs), two Runners Up (‘59, ‘60 Leafs) and one Final Four (‘65 Leafs)
  • Top 9 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘64 Leafs)
  • Role Player (by points) on one Final Four (‘61 Leafs)

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