Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bruce Boudreau, Most Goals in a Memorial Cup Game

The 2013 Memorial Cup is in full swing and just loaded with stars. Halifax's Nathan MacKinnon has already recorded a hat-trick which brought the question to mind...what's the Memorial Cup record for most goals in one game?

The answer is Bruce Boudreau of the Toronto Marlboros. On May 9, 1975 in Kitchener, Ontario Boudreau fired not only 5 goals in a 10-4 win over the Sherbrooke Castors, but they were ALL on the power play as well. "I guess this will make me sleep better tonight," he said after he ended his own personal scoring drought.  After scoring 68 goals in 69 regular season games, Boudreau had dipped slightly to 12 in 22 playoff matches. He could not be blamed for his struggles however as near the end of the regular season he suffered a freak injury. He fell on coach George Armstrong's skate and required 16 stitches.

Boudreau saved 3 of his 5 goals in this game until the third period, all five were scored on Sherbrooke's Nick Sanza. The victory sent the Marlboros to the Cup Final against the New Westminster Bruins who they beat 7-3. Boudreau finished the four game tournament with 6 goals and 3 assists, one point behind teammate John Anderson, tied with teammate Lynn Jorgenson. Other future NHL Marlies that season were Mark Napier, Ron Wilson, Mike Kaszycki and defencemen Mike McEwen, Trevor Johansen and Mike Kitchen.

Within a month, Boudreau would be drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 3rd round, 42nd overall. The next season he would play in the North American Hockey League with the Johnstown Jets of Slap Shot fame.

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