Hap Holmes appears to have some pretty mediocre regular season numbers – pedestrian GAAs and losing records in two of the four professional leagues he played in.
However, Holmes won a Stanley Cup in four professional leagues he played in. He is the only player in Stanley Cup history to win a Cup with four different teams. (Which makes him the only one to do it in four different leagues.) He was the starter on all four of those teams. Between 1917 and 1920 he was in the Stanley Cup final every single year, regardless of what team he was on.
Was he just lucky? Listen to us talk about Hap Holmes’ Hall of Fame case here.
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Bernie Morris had one of the greatest Stanley Cup Finals performances in hockey history, scoring 14 of his team’s 23 goals (in 4 games!) in 1917. But he is not in the Hall of Fame.
In this episode, we discuss his career and his case. Listen here:
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Tommy Smith is a player we really had never heard of.
Why? Because he played 10 games in the NHL. He scored 1 point.
But Tommy Smith is one of the best players in the history of the NHA.
Additionally, he dominated every amateur and semi-pro and early pro league he was in.
He probably belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Listen to us talk about Tommy Smith:
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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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To say Lester Patrick played in the NHL is a bit of an exaggeration – he played two games over two seasons in his mid 40s while he was the coach of the Rangers. His career as a player was mostly spent in the PCHA (which he co-founded).
Lester Patrick is one of the major figures in the early history of hockey. His role as a builder is so important you could argue there were few others as important.
But how about his career as a player? Was he a Hall of Famer?
We discuss that in our latest episode:
Lester Patrick’s stats:
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Mickey MacKay was one of the PCHA’s great hockey players. When the PCHA merged with the WCHL, he was a star in the WCHL as well. With his mediocre NHL numbers, does he belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
We talk about MacKay’s case for the Hall of Fame on our latest episode. Listen here:
Mickey Mackay’s stats:
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Odie Cleghorn’s brother is a famous Hall of Fame hockey player. Was Odie also deserving?
In this episode, we discuss whether or not Odie Cleghorn has a comparable case to some other NHA/1920s players who were questionably inducted.
Odie’s stats are as follows:
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Frank Foyston was a star in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) but never really reached the same level in the NHA, WCHL or NHL, all of which he played in for at least 39 games.
Do players like Foyston, who only excelled in one of the early pro leagues, truly belong in the Hall of Fame?
Listen to us talk about Frank Foyston here:
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As with all our old timers, the question for us is, “How good was Jack Darragh?” Was he really a great player or was he merely someone who the voters fondly remembered?
In this episode, we examine his case. Listen here:
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Of all the players to be featured on The Back Check so far, Jack Walker has, by far, the least impressive stats we’ve seen. So why the hell is in the Hall of Fame?
Listen here to hear if we can figure it out:
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