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Episode 26: Tim Kerr, Mark Howe, Mickey MacKay


Tim Kerr:
NHL: 1980-1993; 13 seasons, 7 quality.
370G, 304A for 674P, +77 in 655 games; 58.2 PS (no ice-time available)
Kerr is 10th all-time in GPG
Draft: Kerr was not drafted - of the hundreds of undrafted players to play in at least 500 games since expansion, Kerr is
12th in Goals
3rd in GPG
57th in Assists
36th in APG
28th in Points
10th in PPG
24th in Offensive Point Shares
45th in Point Shares
61st in Plus/Minus
But 129th in Games Played
Era: Of the hundreds of players to play in at least 500 games between 1980 and 1993, Kerr is
23rd in Goals
8th in GPG
97th in Assists
98th in APG
46th in Points
28th in PPG
34th in Offensive Point Shares
59th in Point Shares
But 127th in games played
82 game average: 46G, 38A for 84P, +10
3 year peak (1984-87): 82-game average of 62G, 39A for 101P, +24 (of course, he never played a full season)
No possession stats
Playoffs: 40G, 31A for 71P, +2 in 81 games
Adjusted: 297G, 245A for 542P
Adjusted 82-game average: 37G, 31A for 68P
Kerr is not remotely in the Top 25 of any adjusted PG category.
Mark Howe:
NHL: 1979-95; 16 seasons, 13? quality (by DPS)
197G, 545A (5th American D All Time) for 742P, +400 (12th All Time, 1st American) in 929 games; 111.9 PS
Draft: Howe was drafted 25th overall in 1974, in his draft class he is:
12th in Goals
2nd in Assists
4th in Points
2nd in Plus/Minus while
9th in Games Played
Era: Of the 38 D who played in at least 750 games between 1979 and 1995, Howe is
7th in Goals, Offensive Point Shares and Point Shares
6th in GPG
9th in Assists
8th in APG, Points, PPG and Defensive Point Shares
3rd in Plus/Minus while
28th in Games Played
82-game average: 17G, 48A for 66P, +35; 9.9 PS
3-year peak (1984-87): 82-game average of 21G, 52A for 73P, +73; 13.1 PS
No possession stats available, which makes me sad
Playoffs: 10G, 51A for 61P, +42 (25th All Time) in 101 games
Adjusted: 160G, 450A for 610P
Adjusted 82-game average: 14G, 40A for 54P
Mickey MacKay:
NHL: 1926-30; 4 seasons, 2 quality
44G, 19A for 63P in 147 games; 14.6 PS
Era: Of the 31 players age 30 or older who played in at least 82 games between 1926 and 1930, MacKay is
3rd in Goals
6th in GPG
9th in Assists
10th in APG and Point Shares
4th in Points and Offensive Point Shares
7th in PPG
82-game average: 25G, 11A for 35P
3-year peak (1926-29): 44-game average of 16G, 6A for 22P
No possession stats obviously
Playoffs: 0P in 11 games
Adjusted: 88G, 105A for 193P
Adjusted 82-game average: 49G, 59A for 108P
MacKay does not qualify for any per game leader boards
Traded into the NHL for money, traded within the NHL for money and traded with money for Frank Frederickson, who was slightly younger.

Categories | Eligible Inducted Old Timer


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Bill Enos

Bill Enos 

 Bill grew up on the south shore of Montreal, but was born on the left coast. He has been a die-hard Canucks fan since 1989 (except those two Messier years, which he spent living in a bunker fearing the sun).  Bill has long been an avid baseball, hockey and football fan, and probably should write a book about one of them. Joining the podcast with Riley is a chance for Bill to flex his vast knowledge of hockey history without becoming a pub quiz barfly. Bill has promised to remove his green and blue coloured glasses for the podcast, but can't make any promises. 


Riley Haas

Riley Haas

Riley grew up watching baseball but fell in love with the Maple Leafs during the 1993 playoff run. He had his heart broken by Gretzky and didn't watch hockey again for 5 years. Starting with the 1999 Leafs playoff run Riley immersed himself in hockey again, becoming so obsessive that he eventually wrote a book about Maple Leafs mismanagement. He dates his falling out of love with the Maple Leafs from the David Clarkson contract. He is now much more of a basketball fan but still loves the history of hockey.

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