Does Joseph Toe Blake Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Before Toe Blake was one of the greatest coaches in NHL history, he was a pretty good player and one of the all time great playoff performers.

Listen to us talk about Toe Blake here:

Hall of Fame Class of 1966 Part 1: Toe Blake, Frank Brimsek, Babe Pratt

Toe Blake’s Career:

  • NHL: 1934-48; 14 seasons, 12 quality
  • Totals:
    • 235G (7th All Time at his retirement),
    • 294A (2nd All Time at his retirement – Cowley) for 
    • 529P (t-2nd All Time at his retirement – Cowley) in
    • 577 Games (18th All Time at his retirement);
    • 52.6 Point Shares (25th All time at his retirement);
    • At his retirement, Blake was 18th All time in Offensive Point Shares
  • Per Game: At his retirement, Blake was
    • T-8th All Time in GPG (14 qualifying players)
    • 2nd All Time in PPG (4 qualifying players – Cowley, Stewart, Syd Howe);
    • Blake doesn’t qualify for the APG leaderboard but if we lower the qualifier so he does (250A), at his retirement, Blake was
      • 2nd All Time in APG (5 qualifying players, Cowley, Boucher, Watson, Syd Howe)
  • Era: Of the 13 skaters to play in at least 492 games (6 modern seasons) between 1934 and 1948, Blake is
    • 1st in Goals (by 31)
    • 1st in GPG
    • 2nd in Assists
    • 2nd in APG
    • 2nd in Points
    • 2nd in PPG
    • 2nd in Offensive Point Shares
    • 5th/4th Forward in Defensive Point Shares (9/8 qualifying Forwards)
    • 5th in Point Shares
    • 2nd in Games Played
  • 82-game average: 34G, 42A for 75P
  • 3-year peak (1942-45): 50-game average of 28G, 39A for 67P
  • Playoffs:
    • 25G (t-3rd All time at his retirement – Richard, Drillon)
    • 37A (1st All Time at his retirement) for
    • 62P (1st All Time at his retirement by 9P) in
    • 58 playoff Games (20th All Time at his retirement)
    • Per Game: At his retirement, Blake was
      • 4th All Time in playoff GPG (Richard, Kennedy, Drillon – 7 qualifying players)
      • 2nd All Time in playoff APG (Lach – 3 qualifying players: Cowley)
      • 1st All Time (by .4) in playoff PPG (2 qualifying players: Apps)
    • Era: Of the 46 skaters to play in at least 41 playoff games between 1934 and 1948, Blake is
      • T-2nd in playoff Goals
      • 2nd in playoff GPG
      • 1st in playoff Assists
      • 1st in playoff APG (by .09)
      • 1st in playoff Points
      • 1st in playoff PPG (by .25)
      • 15th in playoff Games Played
  • Adjustment for Era:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 300G,
      • 440A for
      • 740P
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 43G, 63A for 105P (+30P per 82 games)
      • Per Game: Blake is
        • T-24th All time in Adjusted GPG
        • 11th All Time in Adjusted PPG
    • VsX:
      • 434G,
      • 643A,
      • 911P
      • Per Game: Blake is
        • 14th All Time in VsX GPG
        • 10th All Time in VsX APG
        • 10th All Time in VsX PPG;
        • If the qualifier is raised to 410 games played, Blake is
          • 13th All Time in VsX GPG
          • 9th All Time in VsX APG
          • Still 10th All Time in VsX PPG
  • Trades:

Toe Blake’s Accomplishments:

  • Hart (‘39)
  • Lady Byng (‘46)
  • 100 Greatest NHL Players
  • All Star:
    • 1st Team All Star three times
    • 2nd Team twice
  • Top Player:
    • Top 10 Player (by PS) twice (‘45, ‘46)
    • Best Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘39)
    • Top five three times (‘45, ‘46)
    • Top 10 four times (‘43)
  • Goals:
    • Leaderboards:
      • Top 5 in Goals three times
      • Top 10 four times
    • GPG leaderboards:
      • Top 5 in GPG three times
      • Top 10 five times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 25 goals three times (1 of only 13 players ever at his retirement)
      • 20 goals six times (1 of only 8 players ever at his retirement)
  • Assists:
    • Leaderboards:
      • Top 5 in Assists once
      • Top 10 seven times
    • APG leaderboards:
      • Top 5 in APG once
      • Top 10 six times
  • Points:
    • Leaderboards:
      • Led the league in Points once
      • Top 5 three times
      • Top 10 six times
    • PPG leaderboards:
      • Top 5 in PPG three times
      • Top 10 seven times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 60 points once (1 of only 22 players ever at his retirement)
      • 50 points five times (only player ever at his retirement)
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • 51st All Time in Goals
      • 66th All Time in Assists
      • 61st All Time in Points
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • 41st All Time in Goals
      • 61st All Time in Assists
      • 54th All Time in Points

Toe Blake’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best Player? (led playoffs in assists and points) on one Champion (‘44 Habs)
    • Top 3 Forward (led playoffs in goals) on one Champion (‘46 Habs)
    • Top 3 Forward (led playoffs in assists) on one Runner Up (‘47 Habs)
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘43 Habs)
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on two Final Fours (‘37, ‘45 Habs)
    • Injury replacement? (1 game, 0 points) on one Champion (‘35 Maroons)
  • Junior:
    • Unknown role on one Memorial Cup Champion (‘32 Sudbury)

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