Does JC Tremblay Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

JC Tremblay won 5 Stanley Cups and an Avco. His Norris Trophy finishes are 2,3, 4,5,5. He won the Murphy (the WHA equivalent of the Norris) twice.

But he is not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

In this episode, we wonder why. Listen here:

WHA Stars: JC Tremblay, Marc Tardif, Real Cloutier

J.C. Tremblay’s Career:

  • NHL:
    • 1959-72, 13 seasons, 11 quality
    • Totals:
      • 57G,
      • 306A (11th/8th D All Time at his departure to the WHA)
      • 363P (12th/8th D All Time at his departure),
      • +244 (5th All Time, 2nd D, at his departure – Orr, Esposito, Hull, Mikita) in
      •  796 Games (17th D All Time at his departure);
      • 81.4 PS (16th/13th D All Time at his departure);
      • At his departure, Tremblay was 12th/11th All Time in Defensive Point Shares
      • At his departure, Tremblay was 19th/15th All Time among D in Offensive Point Shares
    • Per Game: At his departure to the WHA, Tremblay was, among D,
      • 6th All Time in APG
      • Tremblay doesn’t meet either the GPG or the PPG requirement, but if we lower them to 50G (-150G) and 350P (-150P) respectively, Tremblay was, among D:
        • 8th/4th All Time in PPG – Kelly, Schmidt (?!?!?!), Gadsby?, Clapper, Pilote, Mohns, Harvey
    • Era: Of the 11 D (including Mohns) to play at least 656 games (8 modern seasons) between 1959 and 1972, Tremblay is
      • 7th/6th in Goals
      • 9th/8th (last/2nd last) in GPG (9 qualifying players, doesn’t actually qualify)
      • 3rd/2nd in Assists
      • 2nd in APG (3 qualifying players)
      • 3rd/2nd in Points
      • 3rd/2nd in PPG (4 qualifying players, doesn’t actually qualify)
      • 1st in Plus/Minus (by +57)
      • 4th/3rd in Offensive Point Shares
      • 2nd in Defensive Point Shares
      • 2nd in Point Shares
      • 6th in Games
    • 82-game average: 6G, 31A for 38P, +25; 8.4 PS
    • 3-year peak (1969-72): 78-game average of 7G, 44A for 50P, +27; 9.4 PS
    • Playoffs:
      • 14G (5th/2nd D All Time at his departure to the WHA – Kelly, Schmidt?!?!, Orr, Mohns)
      • 51A (4th/3rd D All Time at his departure – Harvey, Kelly, Pilote) for
      • 65P (4th/3rd D All Time at his departure – Kelly, Harvey, Orr)
      • +37 (3rd All Time at his departure –  Orr, Dallas Smith)
      • 108 Games (9th D All Time at his departure)
      • Per Game: Among D at his departure, Tremblay was
        • 3rd All Time in playoff APG (Orr, Pilote – 8 qualifying players)
        • 3rd All Time in playoff PPG (Orr, Pilote – 5 qualifying players);
        • Tremblay doesn’t qualify for the GPG leaderboards but if the qualifier is lowered to 10G, Tremblay was
          • T-9th All Time in GPG (12 qualifying players)
      • Era: Of the 31 D to play in 41 playoff games between 1959 and 1972, Tremblay is
        • 3rd/2nd in playoff Goals
        • t-4th/3rd in playoff GPG (6 players, only Orr actually qualifies)
        • T-1st in playoff Assists
        • 4th/3rd in playoff APG (5 qualifying players)
        • 2nd in playoff Points (behind by 1)
        • 4th/3rd in playoff PPG (4 qualifying players)
        • 3rd in playoff Plus/Minus
        • 2nd in playoff Games
    • Adjusted for era:
      • Hockey-Reference:
        • 57G,
        • 315A for
        • 372P
        • Adjusted 82-game average: 6G, 32A for 38P (no change)
        • Per Game: Tremblay doesn’t qualify
      • VsX: doesn’t qualify
    • Never traded
  • WHA:
    • 1972-79, 7 seasons, 6? quality by PPG
    • Totals:
      • 66G (6th/5th D All Time – Mark Howe, Kevin Morrison, Ken Baird, Joe Noris, Marty Howe)
      • 358A (2nd All Time – Lacroix, behind by 189) for
      • 424P (2nd/1st D All Time – Mark Howe),
      • +65 (t-21st All Time) in
      • 454 Games (16th All Time)
    • Per Game: Among D, Tremblay is
      • 6th/5th All Time in GPG (Mark Howe, Joe Noris, Ken Baird, Kevin Morrison, Marty Howe)
      • 1st All Time in APG
      • 3rd/2nd All time in PPG (Mark Howe, Joe Noris)
    • 80-game average: 12G, 63A for 74P, +11*
    • 3-year peak (1972-75): 78-game average of 15G, 64A for 79P, 0
    • Playoffs:
      • 2G,
      • 23A (7th/6th D All Time) for
      • 25P (7th/6th D All Time),
      • +4 in
      • 34 Games (19th D All Time)
      • Per Game:
        • 4th/3rd D All Time in playoff APG (Thommie Bergman, Michael Ford, Mark Howe)
        • 5th/4th D All Time in playoff PPG (Mark Howe, Michael Ford, Poul Poppiel, Jim Dorey)

J.C. Tremblay’s Accomplishments:

  • NHL:
    • Top 5 in Norris voting five times
    • All Star:
      • 1st Team All Star once
      • 2nd Team All Star once
      • 7th All Star Games
    • Top Player:
      • Best Defensive Player (by DPS) three times (‘62, ‘64, ‘68) – t-2nd most All Time (Chelios, Orr)
      • Top 5 four times (‘63)
      • Top 10 seven times (‘66, ‘69, ‘72)
    • Assists:
      • Top 10 in Assists twice
      • Top 10 in APG once
      • Single-season totals:
        • 50 assists twice (1 of only 2 D ever at his departure – Orr)
    • Points:
      • 60 points once (1 of only 3 D ever at his departure – Orr, Park)
      • 50 points twice (1 of only 5 D ever at hs departure – Orr, Pilote, Stapleton)
    • Plus/Minus:
      • Top 5 in Plus/Minus three times
      • Top 10 six times – tied 5th most All Time
  • WHA:
    • Dennis A. Murphy Trophy (‘73, ‘75) – most All Time
    • All Star:
      • 1st Team All Star three times – t-most All Time (Lacroix, Hull, Tardif, Hedberg, Shmyr)
      • 2nd Team All Star once
    • Goals:
      • 15 Goals once
    • Assists:
      • Leader-boards:
        • Led the WHA in Assists twice t-most All Time (Lacroix)
      • APG leader-boards:
        • Led the WHA in APG once
        • Top 5 twice
        • Top 10 four times
      • Single season totals:
        • 70 assists twice
        • 50 assists three times
        • 40 assists four times
    • Points:
      • 80 points twice
      • 70 points three times
      • 50 points four times

J.C. Tremblay’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best Skater (by points) on one Champion (‘66 Canadiens)
    • Best D (led playoffs in Assists) on one Champion (‘65 Canadiens)
    • Best D (led playoffs in Plus/Minus) on one Champion (‘68 Canadiens) and one Runner Up (‘67 Canadiens)
    • Best D (by points) on one Champion (‘71 Canadiens) and one Final Four (‘64 Canadiens)
    • Top 2 D (by points) on one Champion (‘69 Canadiens) and one Runner Up (‘62 Canadiens)
    • Role Player (by points) on two Final Fours (‘61, ‘63 Canadiens)
  • WHA:
    • Best D (by points) on one Avco Cup Champion (‘77 Nordiques) and one Runner Up (‘75 Nordiques)
    • Injured (missed 10/11 games) on one Final Four (‘78 Nordiques)

One thought on “Does JC Tremblay Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?”

  1. yes. He was a very skilled offensive defenceman, better than laperriere.

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