Flash Hollett – Defenseman (1933-1946)
Flash Hollett played in 13 NHL season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings.
Hollett never won a Norris trophy because the trophy was awarded for the first time in 1954 which was eight years after Hollett retired. If the Norris trophy were around during his playing days, he may have won a few.
Flash Hollett led NHL defenseman in goal scoring for six season and led NHL defensemen in points for four seasons. He was also fourth in Hart trophy voting after the 1944-45 season and won two Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins in 1939 and 1941.
While playing with the Detroit Red Wings during the 1944-45 season, Flash Hollett set an NHL record by scoring 20 goals in a season as a defenseman which beat his previous record of 19 goals that he set during the 1941-42 season and tied during the 1942-43 season.
Flash Hollett’s defenseman goal scoring record wasn’t broken until Bobby Orr scored 21 goals in 1968-69. Hollett’s record lasted 24 seasons.
Despite only playing in 560 NHL games, Flash Hollett still ranks 58th in NHL career goals by a defenseman. He has the eighth highest career goals per game among defensemen trailing Hall-of-Famers Bobby Orr, Denis Potvin, Paul Coffey, Ray Bourque and Al MacInnis.
As I had mentioned with Lorne Chabot, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see Flash Hollett’s name in the Hockey Hockey of Fame as the Hall seems to be done inducting players who played before or during the Original 6 era.
Awards and Honours
1st NHL All-Star Team 1945
2nd NHL All-Star Team 1943
4th in Hart trophy voting 1945
Two Stanley Cup Championships 1939, 1941
Career Statistical Achievements
58th Most NHL Career Goals by a Defenseman (132)
Seasonal Statistic Achievements
NHL Defensemen Goal Scoring Leader for six seasons
NHL Defensemen Assist Leader for one season
NHL Defensemen Point Leader for four seasons
Top 10 in NHL Goals for one season
Top 10 in NHL Goals by a Defensemen for 10 seasons
Top 10 in NHL Assists by a Defensemen for nine seasons
Top 10 in NHL Points by a Defensemen for nine seasons