The 1970’s and 1980’s brought some incredible offensive numbers to the Canadian Hockey League. The three major junior hockey leagues across Canada that make up the CHL all had their individual regular season goal scoring records set in the 1980’s.
With the Western Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s goal records set in 1983-84 and the Ontario Hockey League’s set in 1980-81, it has been nearly 30 years since a new standard has been achieved in this category.
Test and expand your hockey trivia knowledge of single season individual goal scoring records with these four trivia questions.
Q. With 133 goals in 1983-84, which Hockey Hall of Famer owns the CHL record for most goals in a regular season?
A. Mario Lemieux set the QMJHL on fire with the Laval Voisins that year, adding 149 assists to those 133 goals for a total of 282 points in 70 games. The point total is also a CHL record. Super Mario added another 29 goals and 52 points in just 14 playoff games that season.
Directly following that amazing performance, the Pittsburgh Penguins made Lemieux the first overall pick at the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. In the National Hockey League, Mario didn’t quite match his junior production but did top out at 85 goals in 1988-89. This stands as one of the greatest single season goal scoring feats of all-time in the NHL, just seven goals short of Wayne Gretzky’s record.
Q. The WHL’s goal scoring record was set in 1983-84, as well. Which player notched 108 goals in 72 games that season?
A. Ray Ferraro of the Brandon Wheat Kings exploded that season and totaled 192 points. Ferraro, although having enjoyed a respectable NHL career, never surpassed 41 goals in a single season again. Ferraro retired with 408 regular season goals in 1,258 NHL games with the Hartford Whalers, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Thrashers and St. Louis Blues.
Q. The OHL record for most goals in a single regular season is much tamer. Who scored 87 to set the mark in 1980-81?
A. Ernie Godden popped in 87 for the mediocre Windsor Spitfires that season. Just four players have ever reached the 80 goal plateau in the Ontario Hockey League. The other three are Ray Sheppard, Tony Tanti and Peter Lee who all had 81 goal seasons.
Q. The previous CHL record, before the arrival of Mario Lemieux, was 130 but in just 62 games during the 1970-71 season. Which Hall of Famer set the mark?
A. Guy Lafleur scored 233 goals over his two seasons with the Quebec Ramparts. In 1969-70, Guy scored 103 in just 56 games and 130 the following season. Lafleur’s offensive prowess continued in the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadiens, leading the league in scoring on three occasions.