NHL PIM Leaders by Year

steve downie philadelphia flyersIf there was a trophy dedicated to the leader in penalty minutes in the NHL each season, it would no doubt be dedicated to Red Horner. Horner led the league in PIM for eight straight seasons from 1932-33 to 1939-40 while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Horner was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965, surely not for his love of the sin bin.

Two other players have been four time winners. Dave ‘The Hammer’ Schultz won the title four times as did Gus Mortson before him. On four occasions, the league leader has accumulated over 400 PIM. Schultz did it twice, including his record 472 in 1974-75 as a member of the Broad Street Bullies. Paul Baxter of the Pittsburgh Penguins led with 409 PIM in 1981-82 and Mike Peluso of the Chicago Blackhawks led with 408 in 1991-92.

An interesting fact for Ontario Hockey League fans: more often than not, the PIM leaders in the National Hockey League are OHL grads.

Year Player Team PIM
2015-16 Dorsett, Derek Vancouver Canucks 177
2014-15 Downie, Steve Pittsburgh Penguins 238
2013-14 Sestito, Tom Vancouver Canucks 213
2012-13 Orr, Colton Toronto Maple Leafs 155
2011-12 Dorsett, Derek Columbus Blue Jackets 235
2010-11 Konopka, Zenon New York Islanders 307
2009-10 Konopka, Zenon Tampa Bay Lightning 265
2008-09 Carcillo, Daniel Philadelphia Flyers 254
2007-08 Carcillo, Daniel Phoenix Coyotes 324
2006-07 Eager, Ben Philadelphia Flyers 233
2005-06 Avery, Sean Los Angeles Kings 257
2003-04 Avery, Sean Los Angeles Kings 261
2002-03 Shelley, Jody Columbus Blue Jackets 249
2001-02 Worrell, Peter Florida Panthers 354
2000-01 Barnaby, Matthew Tampa Bay Lightning 265
1999-00 Lambert, Denny Atlanta Thrashers 219
1998-99 Ray, Rob Buffalo Sabres 261
1997-98 Brashear, Donald Vancouver Canucks 372
1996-97 Odjick, Gino Vancouver Canucks 371
1995-96 Barnaby, Matthew Buffalo Sabres 335
1994-95 Ciccone, Enrico Tampa Bay Lightning 225
1993-94 Domi, Tie Winnipeg Jets 347
1992-93 McSorley, Marty Los Angeles Kings 399
1991-92 Peluso, Mike Chicago Blackhawks 408
1990-91 Ray, Rob Buffalo Sabres 350
1989-90 McRae, Basil Minnesota North Stars 351
1988-89 Hunter, Tim Calgary Flames 375
1987-88 Probert, Bob Detroit Red Wings 398
1986-87 Hunter, Tim Calgary Flames 361
1985-86 Kocur, Joey Detroit Red Wings 377
1984-85 Nilan, Chris Montreal Canadiens 358
1983-84 Nilan, Chris Montreal Canadiens 338
1982-83 Holt, Randy Washington Capitals 275
1981-82 Baxter, Paul Pittsburgh Penguins 409
1980-81 Williams, Dave Vancouver Canucks 343
1979-80 Mann, Jimmy Winnipeg Jets 287
1978-79 Williams, Dave Toronto Maple Leafs 298
1977-78 Schultz, Dave Pittsburgh Penguins 405
1976-77 Williams, Dave Toronto Maple Leafs 338
1975-76 Durbano, Steve Kansas City Scouts 370
1974-75 Schultz, Dave Philadelphia Flyers 472
1973-74 Schultz, Dave Philadelphia Flyers 348
1972-73 Schultz, Dave Philadelphia Flyers 259
1971-72 Watson, Bryan Pittsburgh Penguins 212
1970-71 Magnuson, Keith Chicago Blackhawks 291
1969-70 Magnuson, Keith Chicago Blackhawks 213
1968-69 Kennedy, Forbes Philadelphia Flyers 219
1967-68 Plager, Barclay St. Louis Blues 153
1966-67 Ferguson, John Montreal Canadiens 177
1965-66 Fleming, Reg New York Rangers 166
1964-65 Brewer, Carl Toronto Maple Leafs 177
1963-64 Hadfield, Vic New York Rangers 151
1962-63 Young, Howie Detroit Red Wings 273
1961-62 Fontinato, Lou Montreal Canadiens 167
1960-61 Pilote, Pierre Chicago Blackhawks 165
1959-60 Brewer, Carl Toronto Maple Leafs 150
1958-59 Lindsay, Ted Chicago Blackhawks 184
1957-58 Fontinato, Lou New York Rangers 152
1956-57 Mortson, Gus Chicago Blackhawks 147
1955-56 Fontinato, Lou New York Rangers 202
1954-55 Flaman, Fern Boston Bruins 150
1953-54 Mortson, Gus Chicago Blackhawks 132
1952-53 Richard, Maurice Montreal Canadiens 112
1951-52 Kyle, Walter Boston Bruins 127
1950-51 Mortson, Gus Toronto Maple Leafs 142
1949-50 Ezinicki, Bill Toronto Maple Leafs 144
1948-49 Ezinicki, Bill Toronto Maple Leafs 145
1947-48 Barilko, Bill Toronto Maple Leafs 147
1946-47 Mortson, Gus Toronto Maple Leafs 133
1945-46 Stewart, Jack Detroit Red Wings 73
1944-45 Egan, Pat Boston Bruins 86
1943-44 McMahon, Mike Montreal Canadiens 98
1942-43 Orlando, Jimmy Detroit Red Wings 99
1941-42 Egan, Pat Brooklyn Americans 124
1940-41 Orlando, Jimmy Detroit Red Wings 99
1939-40 Horner, Red Toronto Maple Leafs 87
1938-39 Horner, Red Toronto Maple Leafs 85
1937-38 Horner, Red Toronto Maple Leafs 92
1936-37 Horner, Red Toronto Maple Leafs 124
1935-36 Horner, Red Toronto Maple Leafs 167
1934-35 Horner, Red Toronto Maple Leafs 125
1933-34 Horner, Red Toronto Maple Leafs 146
1932-33 Horner, Red Toronto Maple Leafs 144
1931-32 Dutton, Red New York Americans 107
1930-31 Rockburn, Harvey Detroit Red Wings 118
1929-30 Lamb, Joe Ottawa Senators 119
1928-29 Dutton, Red Montreal Maroons 139
1927-28 Shore, Eddie Boston Bruins 165
1926-27 Stewart, Nels Montreal Maroons 133
1925-26 Corbeau, Bert Toronto St. Pats 121
1924-25 Boucher, Bill Montreal Canadiens 92
1923-24 Corbeau, Bert Toronto St. Pats 55
1922-23 Boucher, Bill Montreal Canadiens 52
1921-22 Cleghorn, Sprague Montreal Canadiens 63
1920-21 Corbeau, Bert Montreal Canadiens 86
1919-20 Wilson, Cully Toronto St. Pats 79
1918-19 Hall, Joe Montreal Canadiens 85
1917-18 Crawford, Rusty Toronto Arenas 60

Dave Schultz and Tiger Williams going at it in the “good ‘ol days”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*