Why is Edgar Laprade in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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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Why is Bobby Bauer in the Hall of Fame?

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.)

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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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Wilfred Shorty Green

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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Does Ty Arbour Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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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Does Frank Fredrickson Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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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Does Joe Simpson Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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?

Listen here:

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Reginald Hooley Smith

Career

  • NHL: 1924-41; 17 seasons, 10 quality[1. By modern PPG standards]
  • 200G (10th All Time at his retirement), 225A (2nd) for 425P (4th) in 715 games (1st[2. Smith was the career leader in games played from the 1939-40 season to the 1942-43 season]); 65.3 PS (12th)
  • At his retirement, Smith was 12th All Time in GPG, 8th in APG and 11th in PPG[3. Minimum 500 games]
  • At his retirement, Smith was 7th All Time in Offensive Point Shares
  • Era: Smith is 4th in Goals, GPG, PPG and PS, 1st in Assists, APG and Games, 3rd in Points and OPS[4. Of the 5 players to play in at least 600 games between 1924 and 1941]
  • 82-game average: 23G, 25A for 48P
  • 3-year peak (1931-34): 48-game average of 17G, 26A for 43P
  • Playoffs: 11G, 8A for 19P in 54 games
  • Adjusted: 358G, 716A for 1074P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 41G, 82A for 123P
  • If the qualifier is set to 300 games, Smith is 18th All Time in Adjusted PPG[5. If the qualifier is raised to 500 games, he is 9th All Time]
  • Traded thrice in his prime.

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Thomas McCarthy

Career

  • 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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