The Top 10 Scorers by Decade; 1920-30
Lets take a look at some of the rules changes that happened during this decade.
Goaltenders allowed to pass the puck forward, up to their own blue line. Minor penalites are changed from three minutes down to two. Overtime limited to 20 minutes.
Delayed penalty rules introduced. Each team must have a minimum of four players on the ice at all times. Two rules were amended to encourage offense.
No more than two defensemen permitted to remain inside a team's own blue line when the puck has left the defensive zone. A faceoff is called for ragging the puck unless short-handed.
Goaltender's leg pads are limited to 12-inch width. Timekeepers mark the end of the period rather than the referee's whistle.
Teams are to dress a maximum of 12 players for each game with no more than 14 on the roster.
Blue lines repositioned to 60 feet from each goal line, thereby enlarging the neutral zone and standardizing distance from the blue line to goal.
To further increase offense, forward passes allowed in defending and neutral zone and the goaltender's pads are reduced from 12 to 10 inches.
Game standardized at three 20-minute periods of stop time separated by ten-minute intermissions. Teams to change ends after each period.
Ten minutes of sudden death overtime to be played if the score is tied after regulation time.
Minor penalties are to be assessed to any player other than the goaltender for deliberately picking up the puck while it is in play. A minor penalty is to be assessed for deliberately shooting the puck out of play.
The Art Ross goal nets were adopted as the official net of the NHL.
Maximum length of hockey sticks is limited to 53 inches measured from heel of blade to end of the handle. No minimum length stipulated.
Home teams given choice of which end to defend at the start of the game.
Forward passing permitted in defensive and neutral zones and into the attacking if pass receiver is in neutral zone when the pass is made. No forward passing allowed inside the attacking zone.
Minor penalties assessed to any player who passes the puck back into the defensive zone.
Ten-minute overtime without sudden death provision to be played if the game is tied after regulation time. Games tied after this overtime period declared a draw.
Exclusive to goaltenders, teams to dress at least eight players and no more than 12 skaters.
Forward passing permitted inside all three zones but not permitted across either blue lines.
No more than three players including the goaltender may remain in the defensive zone when the puck has gone up the ice.
Minor penalties to be assessed for the first two violations of this rule in a game, major penalties thereafter.
Goaltenders are forbidden to hold the puck. Pucks caught must be cleared immediately.
For infringement of this rule, a faceoff to be taken 10 feet in front of the goal with no player standing between the faceoff spot and the goal-line.
High sticking penalties are introduced.
Maximum number of players in uniform increased from 12 to 15.
December 21, 1929; Forward passing instituted at the beginning of the 1929-30 season more than doubled the number of goals scored.
Partway through the season, these rules were further amended to read "No attacking player is allowed to precede the play when entering the opposing attacking zone." This is similar to the modern day offside rule.
As you can see a lot of the rules that are part of the game today, originated during this decade. He are the top ten scorers of the 1920's.
10. Bill Cook
Bill Cook played right wing for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League and Saskatoon Crescents in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association.
Bill was part of the Bread Line with his brother Bun Cook and Frank Boucher. The line scored every Ranger goal in the Stanley Cup finals in 1928, leading the team to its first Cup.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1952. In 1998, he was ranked No. 44 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players, making him the highest-ranked player to have played a majority of his career with the Rangers.
During the decade, Cook played 174 games tallying 95 goals and 48 assists for 143 points during four seasons.
9. George "Buck" Boucher
George "Buck" Boucher was a defenseman who played for the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Maroons, and Chicago Black Hawks in the National Hockey League.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Buck was one of five brothers. His brothers Frank, Joe, Bobby, and Billy all played in the NHL.
Boucher started his professional athletic career in football as halfback for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. After three years of football, he switched to hockey.
During this decade, Boucher played in 322 games, tallying 97 goals and 51 assists for 148 points during the 10 seasons of the decade.
8. Francis Michael "King" Clancy
Francis Michael "King" Clancy was a defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs before becoming a coach, referee, and team executive.
Clancy's nickname "King" originates from his father, who was the first 'King Clancy' and played football for Ottawa.
At the time the football was not snapped as is done today, but was 'heeled' back from the line.
Frank's father was very good at this and was named 'King of the Heelers' or 'King' for short. This nickname was eventually transferred to Frank.
During the decade, Clancy played 305 games, tallying 85 goals and 65 assists for 150 points during nine seasons.
7. Edward Reginald Noble
Edward Reginald Noble was a forward who played 17 professional seasons in the National Hockey Association (NHA) and National Hockey League (NHL) for the Toronto Blueshirts, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto St. Pats, Montreal Maroons, Detroit Cougars, Detroit Falcons and Detroit Red Wings.
He was a three-time winner of the Stanley Cup, with Toronto and Montreal and inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
He was also the last active NHL player from both the NHL's inaugural season and the 1910s.
During the decade, Noble played 330 games, tallying 99 goals and 61 assists for 160 points during 10 seasons.
6. Frank Boucher
Francois X. Boucher was a forward who played for the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers in the National Hockey League and the Vancouver Maroons in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. Frank Boucher was one of four brothers who played in the NHL.
His brother, George "Buck" Boucher, played on the Ottawa Senators dynasty of the 1920s, winning four Stanley Cups. Brothers Joe, Bobby and Billy also played in the league. Frank later became coach and the general manager of the New York Rangers.
During the decade, Boucher played 198 games, tallying 81 goals and 80 assists for 161 points during five seasons.
5. Nels Stewart
Nelson Robert "Old Poison" Stewart was a forward who played for the Montreal Maroons, New York Americans and Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League.
Nels was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962. In 1998, he was ranked No. 51 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
During the decade, Stewart played 209 games, tallying 138 goals and 43 assists for 181 points during five seasons.
4. Aurel Joliat
Aurel Joliat was a left winger who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947. In 1985, Joliat skated around the Montreal Forum to a huge ovation as a "special treat" for the fans.
Despite falling twice, he quickly stood up and finished his skate, the trademark black cap he wore back in his playing days held in his hand.
During the decade, Joliat played in 280 games, tallying 147 goals and 66 assists for 213 points during eight seasons.
3. Babe Dye
Cecil Henry "Babe" Dye was a forward who played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto St. Pats, Chicago Black Hawks, New York Americans and Toronto Maple Leafs.
He was the NHL's top goal scorer of the 1920s and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He also played professional baseball and played football with the Toronto Argonauts.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1998, he was ranked No. 83 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
During the decade, Dye played 241 games, tallying 190 goals and adding 38 assists for 228 points during nine seasons.
2. Howie Morenz
Howard William Morenz was a center who played for the Montreal Canadiens (in two stints), the Chicago Black Hawks, and the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Before joining the NHL, Morenz excelled in the junior Ontario Hockey Association, where he won the Memorial Cup, the championship for junior ice hockey in Canada.
Once in the NHL, he became one of the most dominant players in the league and set several league scoring records.
Morenz died from complications of a broken leg, an injury he suffered in a game.
After his death, the Canadiens removed his jersey number from circulation, the first time the team had done so. When the Hockey Hall of Fame opened in 1945, Morenz was one of the original 12 inductees.
In 1950, the Canadian Press named him the best ice hockey player of the first half of the 20th century.
During the decade, Morenz played in 258 games, tallying 178 goals and adding 58 assists for 236 points, during seven seasons.
1) Cy Denneny
Cyril Joseph "Cy" Denneny was a forward who played for the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League and the Toronto Blueshirts of the National Hockey Association.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1959. In 1998, he was ranked No. 62 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
During the decade, Denneny played in 263 games, tallying 176 goals and adding 63 assists for 239 points over nine seasons.