Does Norm Ullman Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Norm Ullman was one of the league’s all time leading scorers when he left the NHL.

But two of the players above him on that list were his teammates. And he was a second line player for a substantial section of his career. Also, he never won a Cup.

So, does Norm Ullman belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Hall of Fame Class of 1982: Norm Ullman, Yvan Cournoyer, Rod Gilbert

Norm Ullman’s Career:

  • NHL: 1955-75; 20 seasons, 18 quality
    • Totals:
      • 490G (8th All Time at his departure to the WHA),
      • 739A (4th All Time at his departure – Howe, Delvecchio, Mikita) for
      • 1229P (4th All Time at his departure – Howe, Delvecchio, Mikita),
      • +7 in
      • 1410 Games (5th All Time at his departure – Howe, Delvecchio, Horton, Howell);
      • 118.4 PS (13th All Time at his departure);
      • At his departure to the WHA, Ullman was 9th All Time in Offensive Point Shares and the 8th Forward All Time in Defensive Point Shares
    • Per Game: At his departure to the WHA, Ullman was
      • T-18th All Time in APG
      • 11th All Time in PPG
    • Era: Of the 15 skaters to play in at least 1066 games (13 modern seasons) between 1955 and 1975, Ullman is
      • 4th in Goals
      • 5th in GPG
      • 2nd in Assists
      • 6th in APG
      • 2nd in Points
      • T-5th in PPG
      • 8th in Plus Minus
      • 4th in Offensive Point Shares
      • 7th (4th or 4th Forward) in Defensive Point Shares
      • 4th in Point Shares
      • 1st in Games
    • 82-game average: 29G, 43A for 71P, 0
    • 3-year peak (1964-67): 70-game average of 33G, 43A for 76P, +3
    • Playoffs:
      • 30G (t-21st All Time at his departure to the WHA),
      • 53A (t-16th All Time at his departure) for
      • 83P (18th All Time at his departure)
      • -22 in
      • 106 Games
      • Per Game: At his departure to the WHA, Ullman was
        • 22nd All Time in playoff PPG
      • Era: Of the 51 skaters to play in at least 82 playoff games between 1955 and 1975, Ullman is
        • T-15th in playoff Goals
        • T-17th in playoff GPG
        • T-10th in playoff Assists
        • 10th in playoff APG
        • 12th in playoff Points
        • 13th in playoff PPG
        • 50th (2nd last) in playoff Plus/Minus
        • 20th in playoff Games
    • Adjusted for Era:
      • Hockey Reference:
        • 517G
        • 783A for
        • 1300P
        • Adjusted 82-game average: 30G, 46A for 76P (+5 per 82 games)
        • Per Game: Not in the Top 25
      • VsX:
        • 661G (15th All Time)
        • 1043A (18th All Time)
        • 1434P (16th All Time)
        • Per Game: Not in the Top 25 however, if the qualifier is raised to 820 games, Ullman is
          • 25th All Time in VsX Adjusted PPG;
          • If the qualifier is raised to 1230 games, Ullman is
            • 9th All Time in VsX Adjusted GPG
            • 14th All Time in VsX Adjusted APG
            • 8th All Time in VsX Adjusted PPG
    • Trades:
  • WHA: 1975-77, 2 seasons, 1 quality
    • Totals:
      • 47G,
      • 83A for
      • 130P,
      • -44 in
      • 144 Games
    • Per Game: Not in the Top 25
    • 82-game average: 27G, 48A for 74P, -25
    • Playoffs:
      • 1G,
      • 6A for
      • 7P,
      • +1 in
      • 9 Games

Norm Ullman’s Accomplishments:

  • NHL:
    • Top 5 in Hart voting twice
    • All Star:
      • 1st Team All Star once
      • 2nd Team All Star once
      • 11 All Star Game appearances
    • Top Player:
      • Top 5 Player (by PS) once (‘65)
      • Top 10 Player twice (‘66)
      • Best Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘65)
      • Top 5 three times (‘67, ‘68)
      • Top 10 eight times (‘61, ‘62, ‘66, ‘69, ‘71)
    • Goals:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Led the league in Goals once
        • Top 5 three times
        • Top 10 nine times – t-8th most ever
      • GPG leader-boards:
        • Top 5 in GPG three times
        • Top 10 six times
      • Single-season totals:
        • 40 goals once
        • 35 goals three times (1 of only 20 players ever at his departure to the WHA)
        • 30 goals five times (1 of only 14 players ever at his departure)
        • 25 goals nine times (1 of only 11 players ever at his departure)
        • 20 goals sixteen times (1 of only 21 players ever, 2 at his departure – Howe)
    • Assists:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Top 5 in Assists twice
        • Top 10 nine times
      • APG leader-boards:
        • Top 5 in APG once
        • Top 10 six times
      • Single-season totals:
        • 50 assists twice
        • 40 assists nine times (1 of only 7 players ever at his departure)
    • Points:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Top 5 in Points twice
        • Top 10 eight times
      • PPG:
        • Top 5 in PPG twice
        • Top 10 six times
      • Single-season totals:
        • 80 points twice (1 of only 25 players ever at his departure)
        • 70 points eight times (1 of only 8 players ever at his departure)
        • 60 points eleven times (1 of only six players ever at his departure)
        • 50 points eighteen times (1 of only 9 players ever, 2 at his departure – Howe)
    • VsX Peak:
      • Best 7 Seasons:
        • Goals: 29th All Time
        • Assists: 55th All Time
        • Points: 43rd All Time
      • Best 10 Seasons:
        • Goals: 23rd All Time
        • Assists: 38th All Time
        • Points: 33rd All Time
  • WHA: No offensive accomplishments

Norm Ullman’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best Player (led playoffs in goal and points) on one Runner Up (‘66 Red Wings)
    • Best Player (by points) on one Final Four (‘65 Red Wings)
    • Top 3 Forward (co-led playoffs in points, led playoff assists) on one Runner Up (‘63 Red Wings)
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘64 Red Wings) and one Final Four (‘60 Red Wings)
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘56 Red Wings) and two Final Fours (‘57, ‘58 Red Wings)
    • Top 9 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘61 Red Wings)

One thought on “Does Norm Ullman Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?”

  1. yes. No Brainer. He was a real good player, offensively and defensively. Hard worker. Better than dick duff.

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