GWMHL

All-Time Greats, Part 1: Keith Tkachuk

In IHS, Special Features on May 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

In 2009-2010, Ice Harbor Storm winger Keith Tkachuk overtook Jaromir Jagr for the GWMHL all-time lead in points and passed Brendan Shanahan for career goals.

Tkachuk will retire at the end of this season. And although this season’s edition of the Storm – a rebuilding squad that’s on its way to missing the playoffs – might not have been able to provide the perfect last hurrah for the winger, he still hangs them up with a Gump Cup in 1999 and well over 600 goals and 1300 points to his name. He’s the first GWMHL player to break either of those barriers and one of the best players the league has seen.

Beginning with the Gump Worsley Memorial Hockey League’s inception in 1993, Tkachuk played 17 seasons – his entire career – with the same club. With Ice Harbor, he would score 60 and 50 goals two times apiece and 40 goals a staggering five times.

The 1999 cup win – which saw the Storm beat the Morgan Hill Lynx in five games – was the pinnacle of Tkachuk’s career. At the time, the Storm were described as a “perennial regular season power and perennial playoff flop.” But those demons were exorcised, and Tkachuk was a big part of the core that led them there. They’d reach the conference final four more times after ’99 but never further.

So, as Tkachuk plays his final quarter in the league, we salute one of the all-time Gump greats.

Tkachuk, Keith
Year  Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
93-94 Toronto Maple Leafs        83   41   27   68    3  266
94-95 Idaho Storm                84   58   33   91   27  247
95-96 Idaho Storm                84   50   38   88    6  359
96-97 Idaho Storm                78   62   49  111   33  143
97-98 Idaho Storm                83   69   38  107   66  231
98-99 Idaho Storm                71   44   37   81   33  159
99-00 Idaho Storm                64   39   49   88   47  116
00-01 Idaho Storm                50   23   33   56   16   57
01-02 Idaho Storm                76   22   37   59  -11   89
02-03 Idaho Storm                73   44   58  102   69   94
03-04 Ice Harbor Storm           56   31   28   59   27  135
04-06 Ice Harbor Storm           75   45   36   81   23   80
06-07 Ice Harbor Storm           41   21   34   55   17   50
07-08 Ice Harbor Storm           79   41   56   97   25  107
08-09 Ice Harbor Storm           79   29   41   70   12   92
09-10 Ice Harbor Storm           79   25   27   52  -22   64
10-11 Ice Harbor Storm           53   11   34   45   -1   78
                 Totals        1208  655  655 1310  370 2367
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