Does Marc Tardif Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Marc Tardif was one of the best players in WHA history, winning two MVP awards and dominating the regular season. He also won a Championship.

His NHL career was less successful, though he did win two Stanley Cups.

So, does Marc Tardif belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

WHA Stars: Marc Tardif, Real Cloutier, JC Tremblay

Marc Tardif’s Career:

  • NHL:
    • 1969-73, 1979-83; 8 seasons, 7 quality
    • Totals:
      • 194G,
      • 207A for
      • 401P
      • +23 in
      • 517 Games;
      • 31.7 Point Shares
    • Era:
      • Of the 195 skaters to play in at least 164 games (2 modern seasons) between 1969 and 1973, Tardif is
        • 49th in Goals
        • 35th in GPG (doesn’t actually qualify)
        • 94th in Assists
        • 82nd in APG (doesn’t actually qualify)
        • 71st in Points
        • 55th in PPG (doesn’t actually qualify)
        • 43rd in Plus/Minus
        • 60th in Offensive Point Shares
        • 105th (41st Forward) in Defensive Point Shares
        • 87th in Point Shares
        • 105th in Games
      • Of the 180 skaters to play in at least 246 games (3 modern seasons) between 1979 and 1983, Tardif is
        • 39th in Goals
        • 31st in GPG (doesn’t actually qualify)
        • 81st in Assists
        • 61st in APG (doesn’t actually qualify)
        • 59th in Points
        • 43rd in PPG (doesn’t actually qualify)
        • 150th in Plus/Minus
        • 50th in Offensive Point Shares
        • 175th (114th Forward – 4th last) in Defensive Point Shares
        • 99th in Point Shares
        • 125th in Games
    • 82-game average: 31G, 33A for 64P, +4
    • 3-year peak (1979-82): 80-game average: 39G, 40A for 79P, -14
    • Playoffs:
      • 13G,
      • 15A for
      • 28P,
      • -10 in
      • 62 Games
      • Era:
        • Of the 37 skaters to play in at least 40 playoff games between 1969 and 1973, Tardif is
          • 18th in playoff Goals
          • 16th in GPG (doesn’t actually qualify)
          • 30th in Assists
          • 29th (2nd last among qualifying players, doesn’t actually qualify) in APG
          • 23rd in Points
          • 22nd (last among qualifying players, doesn’t actually qualify) in PPG
          • 23rd in Plus/Minus
          • Last in Games
        • Of the 193 skaters to play in at least 20 playoff games between 1979 and 1983, Tardif is
          • 143rd in Goals
          • 138th in Assists
          • 148th in Points
          • 181st in Plus/Minus
          • 155th in Games
    • Adjusted for Era:
      • Hockey-Reference:
        • 162G,
        • 177A for
        • 339P
        • Adjusted 82-game average: 26G, 28A for 54P (-10P per 82 games)
        • Per Game: Obviously not on any leaderboards
      • VsX: Doesn’t qualify
  • WHA:
    • 1974-79, 6 seasons, all quality
    • Totals:
      • 316G (1st All Time)
      • 350A (3rd) for
      • 666P (2nd)
      • +116 (11th) in
      • 446 Games (20th)
    • Per Game: Tardif is
      • 4th All Time in GPG
      • 9th All Time in APG
      • 3rd All Time in PPG (
    • Era: Don’t have the ability to figure it out
    • 81-game average: 56G, 63A for 121P, +21
    • 3-year peak (1975-78): 81-game average of 68G, 83A for 150P, +29
    • Playoffs: 
      • 27G (9th All Time),
      • 32A (t-12th All Time) for
      • 59P (9th All Time),
      • +4 in
      • 44 Games
      • Per Game: Tardif is
        • 6th All Time in playoff GPG
        • 4th All Time in playoff APG (Ulf Nilsson, Serge Bernier, Larry Lund)
        • 4th All Time in playoff PPG (Ulf Nilsson, Serge Bernier, Hedberg)
      • Era: Can’t calculate it
    • Trades:
      • Traded at 25 with Steve Sutherland (28) to Quebec for Alain Caron (36), Pierre Guite (22) and Michel Rouleau (20)

Marc Tardif’s Accomplishments:

  • NHL:
    • All Star:
      • 1 NHL All Star Game appearance
    • Goals:
      • 35 goals once
      • 30 goals three times
      • 25 goals four times
      • 20 goals six times
    • Points:
      • 70 points once
      • 60 points twice
      • 50 points six times
  • WHA:
    • Gordie Howe (‘76, ‘78)
    • Bill Hunter (‘76, ‘78)
    • All Star:
      • 1st Team All Star three times
      • 2nd Team All Star once
    • Goals:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Led WHA in Goals twice
        • Top 10 every season he was in the league
      • GPG leader-boards:
        • Led the WHA in GPG twice
        • Top 5 three times
        • Top 10 every season he was in the league
      • Single-season totals:
        • 70 goals once (1 of only 4 players ever – Hull, Cloutier, Hedberg)
        • 65 goals twice (1 of only 2 players ever – Cloutier)
        • 50 goals three times
        • 40 goals every season he was in the league
    • Assists:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Led WHA in Assists twice
        • Top 10 four times
      • APG leader-boards:
        • Top 5 in APG three times
        • Top 10 four times
      • Single-season totals:
        • 80 assists once (1 of only 3 players ever – Lacroix, Nilsson)
        • 70 assists twice
        • 60 assists three times
        • 50 assists four times
    • Points:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Led WHA in Points twice
        • Top 10 four times
      • PPG leader-boards:
        • Led WHA in PPG twice
        • Top 5 three times
        • Top 10 four times
      • Single-season totals:
        • 150 points once (only player ever)
        • 140 points twice (only player ever)
        • 100 points three times
        • 90 points four times
        • 80 points five times
        • 70 points every season he was in the league
    • Plus/Minus:
      • Top 10 in Plus/Minus twice

Marc Tardfi’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘73 Canadiens)
    • Top 9 Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘71 Canadiens) and one Final Four (‘82 Nordiques)
  • WHA:
    • Best Player? on one Runner Up (‘75 Nordiques)
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘78 Nordiques)
    • Top 6* Forward (by points) on one Champion (‘77 Nordiques)
  • International:
    • Role Player (by points) on one Summit Series Runner Up (‘74 Canada)

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