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Cochrane’s Gratton joins exclusive NOJHL scoring group

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)      
RANK FIRST LAST TEAM SEASON GP G
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
6 Jordan Carroll Sudbury Cubs 2011-12 50 70
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-10 Bob Tombari Soo Greyhounds 1966-67 39 65
T-10 Al  Blanchard Sudbury Cubs 1970-71 41 65
T-10 Ed Bumbacco Soo Greyhounds 1969-70 44 65
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
19 Gord Geisler Powassan Hawks 1992-93 41 61
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
27 Jeff Rainville Soo Thunderbirds 2002-03 43 56
T-28 Dan Despatie Nickel Centre Cubs 1992-93 48 55
T-28 Bruno Vallieres Rouyn Noranda Capitales 1992-93 45 55
30 Ray Delorenzi Soo Greyhounds 1970-71 47 54
31 Andrew Bain Timmins Golden Bears 1994-95 47 53
T-32 Luc Drouin Rayside Balfour Canadians 1984-85 40 52
T-32 Bob Shaughnessy Espanola Eagles 1969-70 41 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 Bob Leduc Sudbury Cubs 1963-64 39 50
T-36 Lyle Wildgoose Nickel Centre Power Trains 1986-87 38 50
T-36 Vince  Edwards Espanola Eagles 1985-86 40 50
T-36 Mike Vaillancourt Rayside Balfour Sabrecats 2001-02 40 50
T-36 Cody Gratton* Cochrane Crunch 2014-15 41 50
*-Current season          
With files from NOJHL Historian/Statistician David Harrison      
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