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S2021E76 - Episode 176: 1985 Hall of Fame Class

The 1985 Hockey Hall of Fame Class: Gerry Cheevers, Bert Olmstead, Jean Ratelle

Episode Notes

Gerry Cheevers: 1961-62; 1965-72; 1975-80; 13 seasons, 8 as a starter, 5 as a backup

  • Totals:
  • 227W (17th All Time at his retirement)
  • 104L
  • 76T (18th All Time at his retirement)
  • 26 SO in
  • 24,373 Minutes in
  • 418 Games (25th All Time at his retirement);
  • 74.5 PS (25th All Time at his retirement)
  • 46.7 GSAA (17th All Time at his retirement)
  • Averages:
  • 2.89 GAA
  • .901 SV% (19th All Time at his retirement)
  • Undrafted
  • Era: Of the 11 goalies who played in at least 410 games between 1965 and 1980, Cheevers is
  • 5th in Wins
  • Last in Losses
  • 6th in Ties
  • 1st in Goals Against
  • Last in Shots Against
  • 10th (2nd last) in Shots
  • T-4th in Save Percentage
  • 4th in Goals Against Average
  • 5th in Goals Saved Above Average
  • T-6th in Shutouts
  • 8th in Minutes
  • 6th in Point Shares
  • Season average: 17-8-6, 2 SO in 32 Games
  • 82-game average: 45-20-15, 5 SO
  • 3-year peak (1968-71): .916 SV%; 2.72 GAA
  • Season average: 26-9-9, 3 SO; 11.4 GSAA
  • 82-game average: 48-17-16, 6 SO ; 21.1 GSAA
  • Playoffs:
  • 88W (5th all Time at his retirement)
  • 34L (t-9th All Time)
  • 8 SO (6th All Time at his retirement)
  • .902 SV%
  • 2.7 GAA
  • 17 GSAA (12th All Time at his retirement)
  • 5388 Minutes (6th All Time at his retirement) in
  • 88 Games (6th All Time at his retirement)
  • Era: Of the 8 goalies to play in at least 41 games between 1965 and 1980, Cheevers is
  • 2nd in Wins (behind by 27)
  • 3rd in Losses
  • 6th in Goals Against
  • 3rd in Shots Against
  • 3rd in Saves
  • 7th (2nd last) in Save Percentage
  • 5th in GAA
  • 6th (3rd last) in GSAA
  • 2nd in Shutouts
  • 2nd in Minutes
  • 2nd in Games
  • Adjusted for Era:
  • 2.8 GAA
  • .905 SV%
  • 1.2 Goals Versus Average
  • 277.1 Goals Versus Threshold
  • Trades:
  • Waived at 24

Bert Olmstead: 1948-1962; 14 seasons, 13 quality

  • Totals:
  • 181G,
  • 421A (4th All Time at his retirement) for
  • 602P (t-7th All Time at his retirement),
  • -1 [last 176 games only] in
  • 848 Games (8th All Time at his retirement);
  • 56.5 PS;
  • At his retirement, Olmstead was tied for 4th All Time among Forwards in Defensive Point Shares (behind only Rocket, Lindsay and Howe)
  • Per Game:
  • 9th All Time in APG at his retirement (17 qualifying players)
  • 19th All Time in PPG at his retirement (20 qualifying players)
  • Not drafted
  • Era: Of the 12 players to play in at least 738 games (9 modern seasons) between 1948 and 1962, Olmstead is
  • 6th in Goals
  • Doesn’t qualify for GPG but is last if the qualifier is lowered enough for him to qualify
  • 2nd in Assists (160 out of 1st)
  • 3rd in APG (7 qualifying players)
  • 3rd in Points (over 400 out of 1st)
  • 4th in PPG (2nd last among 5 qualifying players)
  • 5th in Offensive Point Shares
  • 9th (2nd/3rd Forward) in Defensive Point Shares
  • 10th (3rd last) in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 17G, 41A for 58P
  • 3-year peak (1954-57): 70-game average of 13G, 47A for 60P
  • Playoffs:
  • 16G,
  • 43A (9th All Time at his retirement) for
  • 59P (t-13th All time at his retirement),
  • 0 [last 17 games only] in
  • 115 Games (t-5th All Time at his retirement)
  • Per Game: At his retirement, Olmstead was
  • 14th All Time in playoff APG (17 qualifying players)
  • 16th All Time in playoff PPG (17 qualifying players);
  • Olmstead doesn’t qualifying for the playoff GPG leader-board but if we lower the qualifier so he does, he is last among qualifying players in playoff GPG
  • Era: Of the 12 skaters to play in at least 82 playoff games between 1948 and 1962, Olmstead is
  • 8th in playoff Goals
  • Last in playoff GPG (doesn’t actually qualify)
  • 6th in playoff Assists
  • 6th in playoff APG (2nd last among qualifying players, last forward)
  • 7th in playoff Points
  • 7th in playoff PPG (2nd last among qualifying players, last forward)
  • T-2nd in playoff Games
  • Adjusted for Era:
  • Hockey-Reference:
  • 217G,
  • 545A for
  • 762P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 21G, 53A for 74P (+16P per 82 games)
  • VsX:
  • Goals: doesn’t qualify
  • 719A
  • 833P
  • Per Game: Doesn’t qualify but if the qualifier is raised to 820 games played, Olmstead is
  • 9th All Time in VsX Adjusted APG
  • Trades:
  • Traded at 24 with Vic Stasiuk (21) to the Red Wings for Steve Black (23) and Leo Fogolin (24)
  • Traded two weeks later to the Canadiens for Leo Gravelle (25)
  • Waived (left exposed?) at 31
  • Waived (left exposed?) at 35

Jean Ratelle: 1960-81; 21 seasons, 16 quality

  • Totals:
  • 491G (9th All Time at his retirement),
  • 776A (6th All Time at his retirement) for
  • 1267P (6th All Time at his retirement),
  • +236 in
  • 1280 Games (13th All Time at his retirement);
  • 118.9 PS (14th All Time at his retirement);
  • At his retirement, Ratelle was 11th All Time in Offensive Point Shares and he was the 4th Forward All Time in Defensive Point Shares (behind only Howe, Mikita, Delvecchio)
  • Per Game: At his retirement, Ratelle was
  • t-17th All Time in APG
  • 16th All Time in PPG
  • Not drafted
  • Era: Of the 11 skaters to play in at least 1066 games (13 modern seasons) between 1960 and 1981, Ratelle is
  • 3rd in Goals (over 220G behind first)
  • 4th in GPG
  • 3rd in Assists
  • 3rd in APG
  • 3rd in Points (over 300P behind first)
  • 3rd in PPG (.25 PPG out of first)
  • 4th in Plus/Minus
  • 3rd in Offensive Point Shares
  • 3rd (2nd in Forward) in Defensive Point Shares
  • 3rd in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 31G, 50A for 81P, +15
  • 3-year peak (1971-74): 80-game average of 45G, 60A for 105P, +34
  • Playoffs:
  • 32G,
  • 66A (t-13th All Time at his retirement) for
  • 98P (21st All Time at his retirement),
  • +15 in
  • 123 Games
  • Per Game: At his retirement, Ratelle was
  • T-25th All Time in playoff APG
  • Era: Of the 76 skaters to play in at least 82 playoff games between 1960 and 1981, Ratelle is
  • T-21st in playoff Goals
  • T-30th in playoff GPG
  • T-7th in playoff Assists
  • T-11th in playoff APG
  • T-13th in playoff Points
  • 19th in playoff PPG
  • 11th in playoff Games
  • Adjusted:
  • Hockey-Reference:
  • 458G
  • 733A
  • 1191P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 29G, 47A for 76P
  • Per Game: doesn’t qualify but if the qualifier is set to 1230 games (15 modern seasons), Ratelle is
  • 25th All Time in adjusted PPG
  • VsX:
  • 528G
  • 922A
  • 1251P
  • Per Game: doesn’t qualify but if the qualifier is set to 1230 games, Ratelle is
  • 23rd All Time in VsX GPG
  • 16th All Time in VsX APG
  • 14th All Time in VsX PPG
  • Trades:
  • Traded at 35 with Brad Park (27) and Joe Zanussi (28) to Boston for Phil Esposito (33) and Carol Vadnais (30)

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