Thursday, March 1, 2012

Around the Hockey World; 37 wins straight and a man called Jade

A semi-annual look at interesting numbers and people from around the hockey world.

  • Ziggy Palffy (39), who hasn't played in the NHL in 6 years, leads the Slovakian League with 83 pts in 48 games. He has a 24 point lead on second place Rene Skoliak.

  • 40 year old Peter Nedved, himself five years removed from the NHL was top scorer in the Czech League with 61 points in 49 games.

  • Tomas Zaborsky (pictured above) led the Finnish SM Liiga with 35 goals and 59 pts in 52 games. He has an impressive 12 goals more than anyone else in the league. The 5'11", 200 pounder was drafted by the NY Rangers 137th overall in 2006.

  • 23 year old Phoenix, Arizona native Broc Little topped the Swedish 2nd Division in scoring with 34 goals and 64 points in 50 games for Vasteras. The 5'9", 170 pound centre signed this season after a four year career at Yale University.

  • 35 year old goaltender Alfie Michaud (he of 2 games with Vancouver Canucks in 1999/00) posted the best Goals Against Average in the Denmark National league. His 1.78 GAA for Sondejyske was still well behind last season's George Hainsworth-esque 1.08 average over 24 games, second place was 2.04. His Save Pct last season was .953.

  • Nepean, Ontario native Craig Cowie has 113 points in 56 games for the hometown Nepean Raiders of the Tier II Central Canadian League. The undrafted 21 year old is a crazy 29 points up on second place.

  • The British League scoring race is currently topped by a man(?) named Jade Galbraith from Hinton, Alberta. The 30 year old has tallied 90 points in 49 games for something called Braehead Clan. I think this is hockey...either way, he is 19 points up on the second place scorer, so that's impressive.

  • In the Tier II BCJHL, the Penticton Vees have won 37 consecutive games. That is not a typo. With 6 games remaining, they possess a record of 49-3-2, have scored 300 goals and surrendered only 116. The Vees are 26-0-1 at home and 23-3-1 on the road. They have a 30 point lead on second place in their division and a 21 point lead on second in the league. The Vees have four of the top five scorers in the league and eight of the top eleven. So they got that goin' for them...

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