OHL Alumni Classics: Joel Scherban

joel scherban london knights lakehead thunderwolves hockeyJoel Scherban became a member of the London Knights in 1996-97, the season following the Knights infamous 3-60-3 season. In his first three season with the Knights, he saw the club go from a 13 win season to the seventh game of the Robertson Cup finals before bowing out to the Belleville Bulls in 1998-99.

Scherban played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1996-97 to 2000-01, all with the London Knights. The captain provided leadership and steady offense with 191 points in 274 games.

Joel was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round of the 1998 NHL draft, 196th overall. Scherban chose instead to go the Canadian university route.

Scherban was a charter member of the Lakehead University Thunderwolves Men’s Hockey Program. In the first five years of the Thunderwolves existence, Joel Scherban was the team’s captain. Over the five seasons, Joel was honoured with awards at the OUA and CIS level.

What follows is a list of Joel Scherban’s accomplishments as a player with the Lakehead Thunderwolves. This is directly copied from Lakehead’s website. The original article (Scherban’s final player profile) is very worth the read and can be found here.

2001-2002 Honours:
1) OUA West Conference First Team All-Star
2) OUA West Conference All-Rookie Team

2002-2003 Honours:
1) OUA West Conference First Team All-Star
2) OUA West Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player Award
3) Queen’s Cup All Tournament Team Selection
4) CIS Most Sportsmanlike Player Award
5) Thunderwolves MVP Award
6) OUA Athlete of the Week

2003-2004 Honours:
1) Chosen to OUA Selects Team
2) OUA and CIS Athlete of the Week
3) Lakehead Hockey Athlete of the Month for October and January
4) Selected as OUA West First Team All-Star for third consecutive season
5) Selected OUA West Most Sportsmanlike Player for second consecutive season
6) Winner of CIS Most Sportsmanlike Player Award for second consecutive season
7) Lakehead Hockey Best Work Ethic Award

2004-05 Honours
1) Lakehead Athlete of the Week
2) Lakehead Athlete of the Month
3) Captain of Winter Universiade Team Canada (Tied for 1st in Tourney Scoring)
4) OUA First Team All-Star
5) OUA West MVP
6) CIS First Team All Canadian
7) Winner of Joseph E. Sullivan Trophy as Oustanding Player in CIS Hockey
8) Lakehead Hockey MVP
9) Lakehead University Male Athlete of the Year

2005-06 Honours:
1) OUA West First Team All Star
2) OUA West CIS Randy Gregg Nominee
3) OUA West Sportsman of the Year Award
4) Lakehead Hockey MVP
5) CIS Second Team All Canadian
6) OUA Queen’s Cup Championship Game Jack Kennedy MVP Award

After graduation, Lakehead found they couldn’t part with Joel. He was named the team’s head coach before the 2009-10 season and is in his second season in the position.

This article from the Lakehead Thunderwolves website announcing Joel Scherban as head coach is another must read.

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