Note: This article was originally published elsewhere by me but was somewhat recently taken down from the extremely unproductive site. This article has been expanded from the original. These trivia questions, with less detailed answers, are part of our Hockey Trivia e-Book, a free PDF download, available here: Hockey Trivia.
The Oshawa Generals are arguably the most successful and oldest franchise in the Ontario Hockey League. Although success has hidden from the franchise recently, the Generals are twelve time winners of the Robertson Cup as OHL playoff champ and have been to the Memorial Cup on numerous occasions.
Test and expand your Oshawa Generals hockey trivia knowledge with these four trivia questions.
Q. What Generals player was the first to win the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy more than once as the OHL’s top scoring right winger?
A. Tony Tanti won the Jim Mahon in 1980-81 and 1981-82. Since that time, only Keith Brown of the Detroit Junior Red Wings and Corey Perry of the London Knights have accomplished the feat. Tanti totalled 150 points in 67 games in 1980-81 as a rookie. The following year, his point total was 126 in just 57 games. After the first season, Tanti was the 12th overall pick at the 1981 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Those were Tanti’s first two of three years in the OHL with the Generals. In 1982-83, Tony was once again on torrid pace, at over a goal and two points per game. However, he played just 30 games with the Generals. Tanti appeared in one game with the Chicago Blackhawks that year before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Curt Fraser. Tony finished the 1982-83 season with 39 regular season and four Stanley Cup playoff games with the Canucks.
Q. Who is the only Oshawa Generals player has been honoured with the CHL Top Scorer Award?
A. With 43 goals, 96 assists and 139 points, Marc Savard was the leading point getter in all of Canada for 1994-95. He would lead the OHL in scoring again in 1996-97 with 130 points. Savard was the 91st overall pick of the New York Rangers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He has played over 800 NHL games with the Rangers, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Boston Bruins.
Marc played with the Generals for four years from 1993-94 to 1996-97. He played in 238 regular season games, scoring 132 goals and assisting on 281 for 413 points. In the post season, Savard played an additional 35 games for Oshawa, scoring 26 and totalling 64 points.
Q. What General won the Emms Family Award in 2005-06 as the OHL’s Rookie of the Year?
A. The Generals chose John Tavares first overall in the 2005 OHL Entry Draft and he didn’t disappoint. With 45 goals in 65 games during his rookie season, Tavares was also named the CHL’s top rookie. John went on to play 247 regular season games in the OHL between 2005-06 and 2008-09, scoring 215 goals and adding 218 assists for 433 points. He remained with the Generals until the trade deadline in his final season when he was sent to the London Knights.
Q. Trick Question? What Generals defenseman did the team retire the jersey number 2 in honour of?
A. Better known as number 4, Bobby Orr wore 2 as an Oshawa General. Of course, Orr is in the Hockey Hall of Fame and his more familiar number 4 has long been retired by the Boston Bruins. Bobby Orr played four seasons with the Oshawa Generals from 1962-63 to 1965-66.