Friday, December 19, 2008

Major Junior Flashes in the Pan

While looking up CHL records for my last post, a few other records caught my eye. If you know who holds the CHL record for Powerplay Goals in a season you are either the record holder himself, or a member of his immediate family. Jason Krywulak of the 1992-93 Swift Current Broncos tallied FORTY-SEVEN (47!!) PPG of his 81 goals that year. Young Jason was never drafted, and soon attended the U. of Calgary where he played for three seasons, making the post season all-star squad each year. A few stints in Germany and the Roller Hockey circuit and he was done before turning thirty.

The record for goals by a defenseman is another non-descipt gentleman. Larry Sacharuk notched FIFTY goals as a rear guard for Saskatoon in 1971-72. He was drafted the following summer by the Rangers 21st overall. Following two productive AHL seasons, including 27 goals in 42 games for the 1974 Providence Reds, he had a few cups of coffee with the big club. Apparently unimpressed, New York dealt him to St.Louis where in 1974-75 he notched 20 goals and 42 points. For some reason, he ended up back with the Rangers for a few years then finished up in the AHL with two 50 plus point seasons. That was just about it for Ol' Larry, the only defenseman in major junior history and perhaps hockey history, to tally a fifty goal year.

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