Dale McTavish Returns To Finland After 10 Years In Switzerland

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Dale McTavish with Zug in Switzerland.

Dale McTavish played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1989-90 to 1992-93, all with the Peterborough Petes. A consistent offensive producer right from the start, Dale scored 103 regular season goals and 246 regular season points for the Petes over the four years.

In his final season with Peterborough, the Petes won the Hamilton Spectator as the league’s regular season champion and won the Robertson Cup with a 4-1 victory over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Dale contributed 17 points in 21 playoff games for the team.

McTavish went undrafted by an NHL team and chose to play in the Canadian university system after graduating from the Ontario Hockey League. In two seasons with St. Francis Xavier, Dale led the team in scoring each year.

During the 1995-96 season, McTavish played for the Canadian National Team. he was the team’s points leader with 56 in 53 games. He would later return to play for Team Canada during the 1999-00 season, appearing in four games.

McTavish caught the attention of the Calgary Flames and played nine games with the club during the 1996-97 season. He also appeared in 53 games with the Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League that year.

Since the start of the 1997-98 season, Dale has played in Europe. His first three seasons were spent in Finland’s SM-Liiga, two with SaiPa and one with the Espoo Blues. Each of those three seasons, McTavish led his team in total points. In his first season in Finland, he led the league in goals scored with 25 in 47 games.

2000-01 saw the start of a 10 year stretch in Switzerland’s National League A. Three times he was his team’s leading point getter and was a member of the All-Star team for the 2007-08 season. In all, he played 361 games in the NL-A, scoring 188 goals and adding 190 assists for 378 points.

This season sees Dale return to SaiPa of Finland’s SM-Liiga, eleven years after last playing for the club. He is joined by fellow Ontario Hockey League and Peterborough Petes grad, Scott Barney.

Check out Dale McTavish’s profile page on the SaiPa official website.

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