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.

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Does Reginald Hooley Smith Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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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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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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?

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Does Edward Reg Noble Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Reg Noble’s biggest claim to fame is that he set the NHL career record in games played and, when he retired he was way ahead of the next player.

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Does Georges Buck Boucher Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Georges Boucher aka Buck Boucher was among the very best defencemen of the NHL’s first decade and a half. Where does he rank all time?

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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 Cyclone Taylor Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Cyclone Taylor didn’t play a game in the NHL, but he was arguably one of the first pro hockey stars, along with Newsy Lalonde and Joe Malone. How does he compare with them?

Does he belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame even though he played the majority of his career in the PCHA?

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Lawrence Baldy Northcott

Career

  • NHL: 1928-39; 11 seasons, 6 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
  • 133G, 112A for 245P in 446 points
  • At his retirement, Northcott was 22nd in GPG
  • For players to play during the decade he played in, Northcott is 15th in Goals, 23rd in Assists, 19th in Points and 22nd in Games Played[2. Minimum 400 games]
  • Era: Northcott is 15th Goals, 12th in GPG, 23rd in Assists, 21 in APG and PS, 19th in Points, 17th in PPG and OPS, and 22nd in Games[3. Of the 37 players to play in at least 400 games between 1928 and 1939]
  • 82-game average: 25G, 21A for 45P
  • 3-year peak (1931-34): 48-game average of 21G, 14A for 34P
  • Playoffs: 8G, 5A for 13P in 31 games
  • Adjusted: 229G, 256A for 485P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 42G, 47P for 89P
  • Traded once at the end of his career.

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Louis Berlinguette

Career

  • NHL: 1917-26; 8 seasons, 3 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
  • 45G, 33A (19th All Time at his retirement) for 78P (25th) in 193 games (8th)
  • 82-game average: 19G, 14A for 33P
  • 3-year peak (1919-22): 82-game average of 36G, 27A for 63P
  • Playoffs: 5A for 5P in 11 games
  • Adjusted: 60G, 150A for 210P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 25G, 64A for 89P
  • Traded out of the NHL once.[2. but traded back in less than a month later]

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