Neil Colville was one of the great passers of his era and a member of the last Ranger team to win a Stanley Cup for half a century. He was likely on pace to be one of the better forwards of his era, at least in terms of total assists. When he got back from WWII, however, he was converted to D, and his offensive production fell off a cliff.
We’re a little mystified why Colville is in the Hall of Fame. Listen to us discuss his Hall of Fame case here:
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Hooley Smith was one of those skaters who played multiple positions, because back then skaters did that a lot more. We think he was primarily a Centre or a RW, though he supposed to have played D at times.
Smith doesn’t have a lot of accomplishments, though he was among the best passers of his era. But he was an amateur star – winning an Allan Cup and just dominating on his way to an Olympic Gold – and won a few Cups.
He has a fairly mixed case and we’re not quite sure what to do. So listen to us talk about Hooley Smith’s Hall of Fame case here:
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Woody Dumart was a member of the famed Kraut Line. He won 2 Stanley Cups as a member of the Bruins.
But that’s basically it. He had one very good offensive season and the only reason he may have been inducted is he played a very long time.
Why is Woody Dumart in the Hockey Hall of Fame? We discuss here:
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There are few more controversial inductees than New York Rangers centre Edgar Laprade.
If you don’t know about the controversy, it’s because Laprade was inducted in the early 1990s, before internet hockey Hall of Fame discussion really took off.
But, make no mistake, Laprade’s case is slight. (To put it mildly.) We really don’t know why he’s in.
If you know, please comment below.
And listen to us try to figure out why Laprade is in the Hockey Hall of Fame here:
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Bobby Bauer was part of the famous Kraut Line. And he won two Stanley Cups, one Memorial Cup and one Allan Cup. (He might be the last hockey player to win all three.)
But he was never even the best player on his own team, let alone in the league. And he underperformed in the NHL playoffs.
Not only is it kind of strange that he’s in the Hall of Fame, but it’s extra strange he was inducted 40+ years after he retired and over 30 years after he died.
So why is Bobby Bauer in the Hall of Fame?
Listen as we try to find out:
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Shorty Green is in the Hall of Fame for a very specific thing, for being one of the leaders of the first ever NHL players strike.
But he’s in the Hall as a player, so how does his career stack up?
In this episode we discuss his actual hockey career. (And, to be clear, we strongly believe he belongs in the Hall of Fame for what he did off the ice.)
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Ty Arbour might be the All Time leader in Games Played for the WCHL. Does that mean he belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
We discuss his case in our latest episode:
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Fredrickson entered the NHL in his 30s but, before that, he was an absolute star of the PCHA, perhaps the 3rd best player in its history.
Is that good enough for him to be in the Hall of Fame?
Listen to us talk about him in our latest episode:
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Bullet Joe Simpson was considered by none other than
Newsy Lalonde as the best hockey player in the world. How good was he? How can we tell?
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NHL: 1919-21; 2 seasons, 1 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
22G (25th All Time when he left the NHL), 7A for 29P in 35 games; 1.9 PS
McCarthy was 17th All Time in GPG and PPG when he left the league[2. With the qualifier set to an absurdly low 35 games]
When he left the league, McCarthy was 24th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
McCarthy didn’t play enough games to project an 82-game average or to have a 3-year peak
No NHL Playoffs
Adjusted: 25G, 29A for 54P
Adjusted 82-game average:[3. This is a joke] 60G, 68A for 127P
Never traded within the NHL.
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