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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Frederick “Bun” Cook, Bill Cook’s younger brother, does not have his brother’s stats or achievements.
But he does has some periodic individual success. And he may have had a hand in inventing both the slap-shot and the drop-pass.
So, does Bun Cook belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
Listen to us talk about his case here:
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Cully Wilson was a notorious goon of a hockey player. He is also one of the rare early pros to have success in all four major pro leagues. Does he belong in the Hall of Fame?
Listen to us talk about Cully Wilson:
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Whether or not you think George Hay belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame depends a lot on how much weight you put on a player scoring at a point-per-game pace in the Western Canada Hockey League. It’s worth noting that Hay lost the scoring race to both Duke Keats and Bill Cook in different WCHL seasons – i.e. he was never clearly the best offensive player in the WCHL/WHL. Nor was he ever a true star in the NHL: His brief NHL career isn’t particularly distinguished compared to the careers of his contemporaries, given the size of the NHL at the time.
Listen to us talk about George Hay:
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If the Hart had existed throughout the entirety of the NHL, these guys should have won in the years it didn’t actually exist:
- Newsy Lalonde: 2 Harts
- Joe Malone, Punch Broadbent, Georges Boucher: 1 Hart each
- 1 year where we have no fucking clue who deserved it
Here are the details:
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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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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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Duke Keats was, by many measures, the best player in the history of the WCHL. Does that mean he belongs in a Hockey Hall of Fame containing mostly NHL players?
In our latest episode, we discuss Keats’ case. Listen here:
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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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Unlike his brother Cy, Charles “Corb” Corbett Denneny is not in the Hockey Hall of Fame, despite having a pretty decent career.
In this episode, we talk about Corb and how he compares to some of his contemporaries who are in the Hall already. Does he deserve to be inducted now?
Corb Denneny’s stats:
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