Art Ross was one of the premier defense men of his time. He was one of the first "rushing" defense men and that fact is reflected in his career stats, with 85 goals in 167 games. Ross won the Stanley Cup twice as a player and another as a coach.
Ross also had his hand in developing two long standing pieces of hockey equipment, the "B" shaped hockey nets which were used until the 1980's and a style of hockey puck with beveled edges that is still being used today.
The NHL introduced the Art Ross Trophy in 1947-48 to be awarded to the NHL's top scorer.
Ross was among the group of 12 players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in its inaugural year, 1945.