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.

Listen to us talk about the greatest Canadian athlete of the first half of the 20th century here:

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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?

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Does Duncan “Mickey” MacKay Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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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James Odie Cleghorn

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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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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Harold Darragh

Career

  • NHL: 1925-33; 8 seasons, 1 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
  • 68G, 49A for 117P in 308 Games
  • Era: Darragh is 20th in Goals and GPG, 23rd in Assists, Points and PPG, 22nd in APG and OPS, 25th in PS and 26th in Games[2. Of the 33 players to play in at least 300 games between 1925 and 1933]
  • 82-game average: 18G, 13A for 31P
  • 3-year peak (1928-31): 44-game average of 10G, 9A for 19P
  • Playoffs: 1G, 3A for 4P in 16 games
  • Adjusted: 128G, 213A for 341P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 34G, 58A for 91P
  • Traded once and waived once in his prime, traded out of the league.[3. Ended Darragh’s NHL career]

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Hib Milks

Career

  • NHL: 1925-33; 8 seasons, 4 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
  • 87G, 41A for 128P in 317 games (23rd); 24.3 PS
  • Era: Milks is 17th in Goals, 15th in GPG, 20th in Points, 21st in PPG, 19th in OPS and in Games, and 24th in PS[2. Of the 33 players who played in at least 300 games between 1925 and 1933]
  • 82-game average: 22G, 11A for 33P
  • 3-year peak (1925-28): 44-game average of 17G, 5A for 22P
  • Playoffs: 0P in 11 games
  • Adjusted: 166G, 191A for 357P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 43G, 49A for 92P
  • Never traded.

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Alf Skinner

Career

  • NHL: 1917-19, 1924-26; 4 seasons, 2 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
  • 26G, 10A for 36P in 71 games; 1.5 PS
  • Skinner never played 3 straight seasons in the NHL
  • NHL: Playoffs: 1A for 1P in 2 games
  • Adjusted: 39G, 54A for 93A
  • Traded within the NHL once near the end of his career, traded out of the NHL in his prime.

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Gerry Lowrey

Career

  • NHL: 1927-33; 6 seasons, 2 quality[1. By modern standards of PPG]
  • 48G, 48A for 96P in 211 games
  • Era: Lowrey does not qualify for the leader boards[2. 62 players played in at least 200 games between 1927 and 1933 and Lowrey is not in the Top 25 in any category]
  • 82-game average: 19G, 19A for 37P
  • 3-year peak (1928-31): 44-game average of 11G, 13A for 25P
  • Playoffs: 1G for 1P in 2 games
  • Adjusted: 91G, 224A for 315P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 35G, 87A for 122P
  • Traded once in his prime within the NHL, traded into and out of the NHL.

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