Is Lionel Conacher Canada’s Greatest Athlete of All Time?

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Lionel Conacher was one of the best defenders of his era.

But that’s not what impresses when you look back at his career. Rather, it’s his incredible versatility.

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Why is Harry Watson in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Harry Watson won five Cups. And, uh, he was on some leader-boards when he retired in 1957. And, um, he was a pretty good scorer a couple of times.

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This, it appears, was enough to get him inducted into the Hall of Fame nearly 40 years after he retired.

Listen to us discuss Harry Watson’s Hockey Hall of Fame case here:

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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 Mark Howe Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

When Mark Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame there was some controversy: They inducted who???

But Mark Howe was one of the elite NHL defensemen of the 1980s. Before that, he was one of the best forwards in the WHA.

We talk about Mark How’s case in our latest episode. Listen here:

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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?

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Does Harold Punch Broadbent Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

According to some, Punch Broadbent was the original power forward, the first (NHL?) hockey player to combine skill and physicality in a dominant way.

If that’s true, then even without going through is stats he likely has a pretty good case for the Hockey Hall of Fame. But we’ll look at his career anyway.

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Does Newsy Lalonde Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

The question with Newsy isn’t whether or not he belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame but rather, is Newsy Lalonde one of the Greatest of All Time?

Newsy’s dominance of the early NHL is unrivaled but where does he rank all time?

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Lorne Carr

Career

  • NHL: 1933-46; 13 seasons, 9 quality[1. By Modern standards of PPG]
  • 204G (12th All Time at his retirement), 222A (10th) for 426P (9th) in 580 games (16th); 39.2 PS
  • Era: Carr is 3rd in Goals, GPG, OPS and Games, 2nd in Assists, APG, Points and PPG, and 7th in PS[2. Of the 7 players to play in at least 550 games between 1933 and 1946]
  • 82-game average: 29G, 31A for 60P
  • 3-year peak:[3. 1942-45] 48-game average of 27G, 31A for 59P
  • Playoffs: 10G, 9A for 19P in 53 games
  • Adjusted: 273G, 345A for 618P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 39G, 49A for 87P
  • Traded twice in his prime, and twice at the beginning of his career.[4. Basically he was waived and called back up.]

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Art Chapman

Career

  • NHL: 1930-40; 10 seasons, 5 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
  • 62G, 176A (10th All Time at his retirement) for 238A for 438 games; 21.4 PS
  • At his retirement, Chapman was 3rd All Time in APG[2. Minium 300 games]
  • Era: Chapman is 18th in Goals, GPG and PS, 2nd in Assists, 1st in APG, 14th in Points and PPG, 16th in OPS, and 13th in Games[3. Of the 20 players to play in at least 400 games between 1930 and 1940]
  • 82-game average: 11G, 33A for 44P
  • 3-year peak (1934-37): 48-game average of 9G, 29A for 39P
  • Playoffs: 1G, 5A for 6P in 26 games
  • Adjusted: 106G, 389A for 495P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 20G, 73A for 93P
  • Traded once in his prime, left unprotected at the beginning of his career.

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Harry Oliver

Career

  • NHL: 1926-37; 11 seasons, 5 quality[1. By modern PPG standards]
  • 127G, 85A for 212P in 463 games (22nd)
  • Era: Oliver is 12th in Goals and GPG, 18th in Assists, 19th in APG, 14th in Points and PPG, 11th in OPS, 13th in PS and 17th in Games[2. Of the 22 players to play in at least 450 games between 1926 and 1937]
  • 82-game average: 22G, 15A for 38P
  • 3-year peak (1928-31): 44-game average of 17G, 7A for 26P
  • Playoffs: 10G, 6A for 16P in 35 games
  • Adjusted: 241G, 294A for 535P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 43G, 52A for 95P]
  • Traded into the NHL, traded near the end of his career.

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