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22. Paul Thompson

22. Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson would win a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1928 but he after he was traded to Chicago prior to the 1931-32 Season he would go on the best run of his playing career.

The Calgarian’s offensive skills slowly increased and he would find himself in the top ten in Points five straight seasons (1933-34 to 1937-38) with a high of second in 1935-36.  That year he was a Second Team All Star and was the NHL leader in Power Play Goals.  In the 1937/38 campaign he would have a career high 44 Points with a First Team All Star selection and was the runner-up in Hart Trophy voting.  More importantly, Thompson would assist Chicago in winning the 1934 and 1938 Stanley Cup.

After he retired as a player he would coach the Blackhawks for seven seasons after but he was not as successful a coach as he was a player sporting no Stanley Cups and a losing record.

Paul Thompson remains arguably one of the few Original Six snubs for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Left Wing
  • Acquired: Traded from the New York Rangers for Art Somers and Vic Desjardins 9/27/31.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1938-39 Season.
  • Games Played: 365
  • Notable Statistics: 118 Goals
    146 Assists
    264 Points
    196 PIM
    .43 PPG
    N/A Plus/Minus*
    34.6 Point Shares
    17 Points in 24 Playoff Games

    *Plus/Minus was not a stat when Thompson played.
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Stanley Cup Champion (1934 & 1938)
    First Team All-Star (1938)
    Second Team All-Star (1936)
    Most Power Play Goals (1936 & 1938)
    Most Game-Winning Goals (1936)

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