OHL Classics: 1992-93 Owen Sound Platers

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owen sound attack ontario hockey leagueThe Owen Sound Attack won the Robertson Cup as the Ontario Hockey League’s playoff champion in 2010-11. The achievement is the pinnacle of the team’s relatively short history in the OHL. Previously known as the Owen Sound Platers before the 2000-01 season, the franchise was relocated from Guelph for the 1989-90 season.

The other season that stands out in team history is 1992-93. This was the year that the Platers set the standard for offensive performance. Most of Owen Sound’s scoring records were set that season and remain intact today.

Andrew Brunette had an incredible season in 1992-93. With 62 goals, 100 assists and 162 points, Brunette not only led the OHL that season in each category but set Owen Sound team records that stand nearly untouchable today. The 162 points earned Andrew the Eddie Powers Trophy as the player in the OHL with the most points during the regular season.

Despite the numbers, Brunette was a late round pick at the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. The Washington Capitals took Andrew in the seventh round, 174th overall. He is still active in the NHL, currently a member of the Chicago Blackhawks and recently surpassing the 1,100 career regular season game plateau. Brunette has played with the Capitals, Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers, Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche along the way.

With Jim Brown scoring 53 goals for the Platers, along with Brunette the 1992-93 team had two of the franchise’s seven 50+ goal scorers on the roster. Brown scored his 53 in just 60 games.

Marian Kacir totaled 56 points in his first of two seasons with the Platers. This stands today as the team’s high mark for rookies. Kacir was a fourth round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1993. Marian never played a game in the NHL but played several years at the elite level in Europe.

Scott Walker set the team’s record for most points by a defenseman in 1992-93 with 91. It was Walker’s second of two seasons with the Platers before moving on to an 829 game NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals. Walker transformed from defenseman to forward during his days in the National Hockey League.

As a team, the Platers scored 330 goals over 66 regular season games. This stands as the highest output by the Owen Sound Attack. However, the team also allowed 324 goals which placed them 14th out of 16 teams in the OHL that season. Ironically, the goaltending tandem that season consisted of Kevin Weekes and Jamie Storr. Both goalies went on to decent NHL careers. Weekes was in his first OHL season while Storr was just in his second of four.

The Platers finished fourth in the East Division, ninth overall. They swept the Niagara Falls Thunder in the first round of the Robertson Cup playoffs before between swept the following round by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The Greyhounds moved on to win the Memorial Cup that year.

 

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