Since joining the Ontario Hockey League in 1990, the Plymouth Whalers have been the most successful United States based franchise in the league. Other than the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, the Whalers are the most successful American team in Canada’s junior ranks. Test and expand your knowledge of the Plymouth Whalers with the following four hockey trivia questions and answers.
Q. Which team did the Plymouth Whalers defeat in the finals to win the Robertson Cup in 2006-07?
A. The Whalers beat the Sudbury Wolves in six games to win the Robertson Cup in 2006-07. Plymouth had finished the regular season with 103 points, one point behind the first place London Knights. Plymouth defeated London in the Conference finals. Sudbury finished the regular season with just 67 points in 68 games. The Wolves played giant killers, taking out the third, first and second seeded teams in the Eastern Conference before meeting up with Plymouth.
Q. When the Plymouth Whalers entered the Ontario Hockey League in 1990-91, what was the original name of the franchise?
A. The current Plymouth Whalers began as the Detroit Compuware Ambassadors. Along the way, their name changed to the Detroit Junior Red Wings and Detroit Whalers before settling with their present moniker. Of course, they were the first OHL franchise outside of Canada.
Q. What current NHL player holds the Plymouth Whalers record for most goals in a single season?
A. Chad Larose, member of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012-13, scored 61 goals in 2002-03 to set the mark. Although a team record, Larose finished two goals behind Corey Locke of the Ottawa 67’s for the league lead that season.
Undrafted to the OHL or NHL, Larose has done quite well for himself. As of the end of the 2012-13 season, Chad has appeared in over 500 regular season games in the National Hockey League, all with Carolina. His role is quite different that it was back in 2002-03 with the Whalers. Over his 508 games, Larose has scored just 24 more than he did in that one OHL season.
Q. What first ever draft pick of the NHL’s Nashville Predators holds the Plymouth Whalers record for most points in a season by a rookie with 105?
A. In his first of two seasons with the Whalers, David Legwand scored 54 goals and added 51 assists in just 59 games. Legwand was littered with accolades. He was not only the Emms Family Award winner as the OHL’s top rookie, he also was named the CHL rookie of the year. If that wasn’t enough, David was named the Red Tilson Trophy recipient as the OHL’s Most Valuable Player. In his second season, his numbers dropped fairly drastically to 31 goals and 80 points over 55 games.
Legwand was taken second overall by the Predators at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and is signed with the club through the 2013-14 season. Shortly into the 2013-14 season, Legwand will cross the 900 NHL regular season game plateau, all played with Nashville. David has worn the ‘A’ since 2011-12.