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Episode 54: Hall of Fame Class of 2005


NHL: 1990-2007; 16 seasons, 15 quality
503G (2nd Slovak All Time),
389A for
892P (3rd Slovak All Time),
+74 in
1018 games (3rd Slovak All Time);
18:58 ATOI (since 1998-99);
104.3 PS [unknown Slovak All Time because Hockey Reference searches are by birth country, and Bondra was born in Ukraine; ditto for OPS]
Draft: In his draft class (1990), Bondra, drafted 156th overall, is
3rd in Goals
11th in Assists
4th in Points
7th in Plus/Minus
10th in Games Played
Era: Of the 57 players to play in at least 1,000 games between 1990 and 2007, Bondra is
7th in Goals
4th in GPG
35th in Assists and APG
20th in Points
21st in PPG
23rd in Plus/Minus
14th in Offensive Point Shares
22nd in Point Shares
82-game average: 39G, 30A for 68P, +6
3-year peak (1995-98): 82-game average of 56G, 32A for 88P, +15
No possession stats
30G (4th Slovak All Time),
26A for
+5 in
80 games
1983-96; 13 seasons, 11 quality
299A for
+83 in
726 GP;
69.2 PS
Neely is 14th All Time in GPG
Drafted: Drafted 9th overall in 1983, Neely is
5th in Goals
15th in Assists
9th in Points
9th in Plus/Minus
9th in Point Shares but
28th in Games Played
Era: Of the 159 players to play in at least 656 games (8 seasons) between 1983 and 1996, Neely is
19th in Goals
8th in GPG
81st in Assists
70th in APG
41st in Points
28th in PPG
45th in Plus/Minus
28th in Offensive Point Shares
79th in Defensive Point Shares (20th Forward)
37th in Point Shares
82-game average: 44G, 34A for 79P, +9
3-year peak (1991-94): 78G, 37A for 115P, +29 [Neely never played a full season during this time]
32A for
-3 in
93 GP
Neely is 5th All Time in Playoff GPG
NHL: no GP
Soviet League:
1967-81; 14 seasons, 12 quality
293G, 214A for 507P in 438 GP
44-game average: 29G, 21A for 51P
Playoffs: no idea
“Merited Master of the Sport”

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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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