The Windsor Spitfires entered the Ontario Hockey League for the 1975-76 season. Within six years, three of the top five individual single season point productions had been established. The player with the most points in a single season for the Spitfires may not have set a league record for points that season, but did set a mark for the most goals which remains unbroken today. What follows are the top five individual point producing performances in Windsor Spitfires history.
Ernie Godden – 153
Ernie Godden put pucks in the backs of OHL nets like no other before or after during the 1980-81 season. His 153 points that year stand as a team record. His 87 goals remain a league record, over thirty years later. Godden played all 68 games for the Spitfires that year and added 66 assists, as well. He finished second in the running for the Eddie Powers Trophy, 13 points behind John Goodwin of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He finished one point ahead of Bernie Nicholls of the Kingston Canadians.
Despite his individual achievement, the Spitfires finished third in the Emms Division in 1980-81 with 68 points in 68 games. Windsor bowed out to the Kitchener Rangers in the Robertson Cup semi-finals.
Ernie finished his OHL career with 290 points in 194 games. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. He played five games for the Maple Leafs during the 1981-82 season. After three years in the North American minors and one year in Austria, Godden retired from the game.
Bill Bowler – 135, 123
Bill Bowler holds down the second and fourth best seasons with 135 points in 1994-95 and 123 in 1993-94. In 1994-95, he scored 33 and assisted on 102 in 61 games. He led the league in assists and finished tied for second in points, four behind Marc Savard of the Oshawa Generals. The Spitfires finished second in the West and fell to the Sudbury Wolves in the Quarter-Finals.
In the previous season, Bowler scored 47 and assisted on 76 over 66 games. His 123 points were good for fifth in the league. The Spitfires finished seventh in the eight team Emms Division, but still managed to qualify for the post season. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds swept Windsor in the opening round.
Interestingly, Bowler finished the 1992-93 season with 121 points. Over four years in the Ontario Hockey League, Bill accumulated 467 points in 250 regular season games. Despite the numbers, he went undrafted. Bowler played hockey professionally from 1995-96 to 2002-03, mostly in the IHL, AHL and Germany’s DEL. He did get into nine NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2000-01.
Blair Barnes – 130
Blair Barnes finished the 1979-80 season with 130 points on 63 goals and 67 assists in 66 games. His point total was good for just sixth in the league during a much more offensive era. Windsor had a stellar season, finishing first in the Emms Division and marching to the Robertson Cup finals before being swept by the Peterborough Petes.
Barnes was a sixth round pick of the Edmonton Oilers at the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He played one game in the National Hockey League with the Los Angeles Kings during the 1982-83 season. He retired from professional hockey after the 1983-84 season, mostly playing in the CHL and AHL.
Gerry Leroux – 123
Gerry Leroux rounds out the top five, equaling Bill Bowler’s mark of 123 points. Leroux scored 57 and assisted on 66 while playing in all 68 games during the 1977-78 season. It was his second of two years with the Spitfires and the point total placed him sixth in the league. Windsor finished second in the Emms and fell to the Hamilton Fincups in the opening round of the playoffs.
Gerry was not drafted to an NHL team and spent just three years playing pro. Leroux spent his time in the IHL but did have a 10 game stint with the World Hockey Association’s Indianapolis Racers during the 1978-79 season, the final year of the WHA’s existence.