NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
NOJHL MEDIA UPDATE
Release Date: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
Cochrane’s Gratton joins exclusive NOJHL scoring group
SUDBURY – By recording his 50th goal of the season Friday evening in a 5-4 victory over the Mattawa Blackhawks, Cochrane Crunch forward Cody Gratton joined an impressive list of players that have hit the half century mark in a single campaign in the lengthy history of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
With his effort, which also turned out to be his NOJHL-leading 10th game-winner of the season, the 20-year-old Sudbury product becomes the 40th player in recorded league history to reach the half century mark in tallies in a single campaign.
The achievement also extends a Cochrane team record for most goals in a season as he is having an impressive season for the first-year Crunch.
As well as leading all NOJHL skaters in tallies and game-winners, Gratton also top all players in points with 85 and shorthanded efforts with 11.
His tally total puts him into a tie for 36th all-time in league history for goals in a season, with the Crunch still having nine games remaining on their schedule before the playoffs.
The last time a NOJHL player reached the 50-goal mark was back during the 2011-12 campaign when then Sudbury Cubs standout Jordan Carroll amassed an amazing 70 tallies.
Prior to that the last half-century man in the NOJHL was Jeff Rainville of the Soo Thunderbirds who struck 56 times in 2002-03.
The NOJHL record for most goals in a single season is an incredible 95 piled up by Denis Castonguay, who set the mark back in 1983-84 with the Rayside Balfour Canadians in just 40 games played.
Gratton and the rest of his Cochrane teammates return to the ice Saturday as they host Sault Ste. Marie in a 7:30 p.m. start at the Tim Horton Event Centre.
The following is the list of all-time 50-goal scorers in the NOJHL:
|NOJHL leaders: Goals in a single season (50 or more)|
|1||Denis||Castonguay||Rayside Balfour Canadians||1983-84||40||95|
|2||Mike||Dore||Rayside Balfour Canadians||1991-92||44||77|
|3||Doug||McEwen||Elliot Lake Vikings||1983-84||35||75|
|4||Denis||Castonguay||Rayside Balfour Canadians||1982-83||42||73|
|5||Shawn||Dubois||Elliot Lake Vikings||1988-89||37||72|
|7||Jon||Stos||Rayside Balfour Canadians||1991-92||42||67|
|T-8||Alain||Cormier||Rayside Balfour Canadians||1983-84||40||66|
|T-8||Steve||Sullivan||Timmins Golden Bears||1991-92||47||66|
|T-13||Dave||Creasy||Onaping Falls Huskies||1979-80||35||63|
|T-13||Randy||Prior||North Bay Trappers||1964-65||39||63|
|T-15||Matt||Shank||Sudbury Jr. Wolves||2001-02||42||62|
|T-15||Alain||Cormier||Rayside Balfour Canadians||1985-86||39||62|
|T-15||Kevin||Lee||Onaping Falls Huskies||1985-86||39||62|
|T-15||Todd||Vaillancourt||Rayside Balfour Canadians||1987-88||40||62|
|T-20||Tim||Boyer||Nickel Centre Native Sons||1978-79||40||59|
|T-20||Pierre||Dupuis||Nickel Centre Native Sons||1982-83||41||59|
|T-20||Marc||Lafreniere||Rayside Balfour Canadians||1991-92||43||59|
|T-20||Derek||McNair||Timmins Golden Bears||1992-93||47||59|
|T-20||Jim||Ratte||Timmins Golden Bears||1992-93||44||59|
|25||Brian||Verrault||Rayside Balfour Canadians||1983-84||39||58|
|26||Peter||Kiernan||Onaping Falls Huskies||1980-81||40||57|
|T-28||Dan||Despatie||Nickel Centre Cubs||1992-93||48||55|
|T-28||Bruno||Vallieres||Rouyn Noranda Capitales||1992-93||45||55|
|31||Andrew||Bain||Timmins Golden Bears||1994-95||47||53|
|T-32||Luc||Drouin||Rayside Balfour Canadians||1984-85||40||52|
|T-34||Marty||Reynolds||North Bay Trappers||1965-66||36||51|
|T-34||Dean||Cull||Rayside Balfour Canadians||1991-92||47||51|
|T-36||Lyle||Wildgoose||Nickel Centre Power Trains||1986-87||38||50|
|T-36||Mike||Vaillancourt||Rayside Balfour Sabrecats||2001-02||40||50|
|With files from NOJHL Historian/Statistician David Harrison|