Today, October 13, is the birthday of the most natural goal scorer our league has ever produced. Averaging an incredible 1.71 goals per game over a 42-game season, this record may never be broken – certainly no one has touched it in 45 years. We feature GOJHL historian Scott Holland with a look back at one of our greatest alumni.
Goal Scoring Record: 72 In One Season By Bill Lochead – by C. Scott Holland
Scoring is often expected of most Junior B sophomore forwards, but in 1970/71 all eyes were focused on the goal-scoring blitz by then 16 year-old, Forest native, Bill Lochead.
Playing a 42-game schedule that included six interlocking games with the Central Junior B Hockey Leauge, Lochead’s prowess was amazing. The previous season as a rookie he didn’t even crack the top 10 list of scorers.
But Lochead had graduated to the Sarnia Bees via the Forest minor hockey ranks, where he had numerous 100-plus goal seasons. He was as deadly a shooter in that one season as future NHL star Wayne Gretzky.
He finished the ‘70/71 season by notching an incredible 72 goals – a Western Junior B record which stands to this day. Along with all those markers, he added 43 assists for a total of 115 points to top all Western and Central Jr. B scorers.
It was only the beginning of long career in hockey.
He spent the next three seasons with the OHL Oshawa Generals, who drafted him second overall, then had the distinction of being drafted in the first round twice. In the 1974 NHL Priority Draft the Detroit Red Wings took him 9th overall and in the 1974 WHA Mystery Selection Draft he was selected by the Indianapolis Racers as the second overall pick.
Signing with the Detroit Red Wings he played four seasons with the Wings and spent some time in AHL as well. His NHL career was extended by playing one season for the Colorado Rockies, and one for the New York Rangers.
After his NHL stint, he headed to Europe where he played for eight consecutive seasons mostly in Germany. That was followed by several seasons as a head coach, a few years off and then a couple more coaching seasons at both the college level and in Europe.
For Lochead, who turned 61 on October 13, 2015 that one season remains one filled with pride, and joy. Definitely it was a pivotal and magical one in his young career.
Today, it seems unimaginable that a player could put that many pucks into a net over the course of 42 games and it certainly doesn’t look like his scoring record is in any real jeopardy of being broken!
He is now a successful hockey player agent living in Frankfurt Germany.