There is a never-ending debate among hockey fans as to which player of Gretzky, Lemieux and Orr was the greatest. There are certain areas where each stands supreme.
Our vote is for Orr because we think he played the more difficult and more important position and because he revolutionized the position as well. (Also, the skating.) But at least one of us thinks there’s room for debate.
NHL: 1926-40; 14 seasons, 11 quality[1. By Defensive Point Shares]
179A (7th All Time at his retirement) for
284P (21st) in
550 Games (13th),
51.4 PS (4th)
At his retirement, Shore was 21st in GPG, 4th in APG and 12th in PPG[2. Minimum 500 games – 25 qualifying players]
At his retirement, Shore was 10th All Time in Offensive Point Shares and 3rd in Defensive Point Shares
Era: Shore is 8th in Goals, GPG and Points, 3rd in Assists, 1st in APG and DPS,[3. Ahead by over 17 DPS] 6th in PPG, 5th in OPS, 2nd in PS and 10th in Games[4. Of the 10 skaters to play in at least 550 games between 1926 and 1940]
82-game average: 16G, 27A for 43P
3-year peak (1928-31): 44-game average of 14G, 15A for 28P
Playoffs: 7G, 12A for 19P in 55 games
196G, 525A for 721P
Adjusted 82-game average: 29G, 78A for 107P
Per game: Shore is 18th All Time in Adjusted PPG if the requirement is set at 500 games