Thursday, January 8, 2009

1973-74 Sorel Black Hawks

The Quebec Major Junior League, Sorel Black Hawks (Epreviers in French) scored 620 goals in 70 games. 620 goals in 70 games, that's an average of 8.86 goals each and every game. Each team in the league that season scored an average of 5.41 goals/game which is quite impressive, however, Sorel's average was 63.8 percent higher than the league average. This percentage abovethe average is by far the greatest differential in modern major junior hockey history. There were two teams in the 1946-47 Ontario Hockey Association that topped Sorel's percentage, yet the disparity in team's talentof that day was the main cause for a few teams dominating the league. Both St.Mikes and the Galt Red Wings scored almost 70% more goals than the league average.
The Epreviers du Sorel were a true offensive juggernaut, they had six players top the 100 point mark and an entire line EACH top 90 goals AND 200 points. Pierre Larouche, Michel Deziel (pictured above) and Jacques Cossette totalled 692 points. Larouche's 157 assists still stands as the CHL record.
Other notable dominant scoring teams were as follows;
-The 70-71 Quebec Remparts led by Guy Lafleur, Andre Savard and Jacques Richard outscored the league average by 53.6%.
-The Mario Lemieux led Laval Voisins in 1983-84 scored 50.3% more goals than league average. -The 2004-05 London Knights of Corey Perry, Rob Schremp and Dave Bolland scored a seemingly paltry 310 goals yet this was 49% more than league average.
-The 1963-64 Toronto Marlboros of Pete Stemkowski, Mike Walton and Ron Ellis scored over league average by 47.5%.
-1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings totalled 40.1% more goals than league average led by Brian Propp, Ray Allison and Laurie Boschman.
-Rob Brown, Mark Recchi and Greg Hawgood led the 86-87 Kamloops Blazers to 39.3% more goals than league average.

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