Friday, July 3, 2009

Quebec League Craziness

In celebration of their 40th season, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has released a concise database of every game ever played. It’s very well put together and easy to use. It would be real nice if the OHL and WHL could do the same thing.
The “Q” has predominantly been known as the more offense driven circuit of the three Canadian junior leagues with players often putting up astronomical totals. Below are a few of the crazy numbers I found using the new site.

In 1983/84 Mario Lemieux set the junior record for consecutive games with a point at 61 games. He tallied a point in each and every of the first 61 games played that year with totals of 108 goals, 128 assists and 236 points. This works out to an average of 3.87 points per game, ridiculous. However, after his streak was finally snapped in his 62nd game, he really turned it on. Lemieux would score in each of his final 9 games of the season putting up a truly incredible 25 goals, 21assists and 46 points. This is an average of 5.11 points per game, he actually got better.

Speaking of scoring streaks, ten years earlier in 1973/74, Pierre Larouche set the record by scoring a GOAL in 27 consecutive games. During this time, he scored 52 goals and 76 assists for 128 points…in 27 games. This averages out to a Lemieux-ian 4.74 pts/game.

One of the more bizarre games in hockey history occurred on Feb. 5, 1971. The Quebec Remparts defeated Rosemont 14-1. Three players scored 10 or more points in this game. Andre Savard scored 3 goals, 9 assists for 12 points. Guy Lafleur went 7-4-11 and Michel Briere 3-7-10. Perhaps more amazing, only one of Quebec’s goals that night were scored on the powerplay, and even crazier, no other Rempart scored more than one point!

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