GWMHL

Season in Review: Records Toppled in 2020-21

In Uncategorized on June 15, 2021 at 2:52 pm

As the league enters the offseason and begins planning for 2021-22, it’s a good opportunity to look back at a few of the major milestones we saw during this past regular season.

Most notably, El Dorado‘s Alex Ovechkin has become the GWMHL’s all-time leading goal scorer with 699, just eclipsing Teemu Selanne’s previous mark of 697. He’s poised to become the league’s first 700-goal man early next season. His 74 goals last year were both a career best and good for 6th all-time. Quite a season for the sniper, who also hoisted the cup with the champion Lynx.

Salem‘s Patrick Marleau also etched his name in the books, becoming the league’s all-time leader in games played with 1626, breaking the record of 1,603 previously held by Jaromir Jagr. Denver winger Tom Wilson set a new single-season record for hits with 294, five ahead of Keith Tkachuk’s 289 from all the way back in 1997-98.

Great Lakes starter Andrei Vasilevskiy faced the third most shots of all time (2,575), behind only Henrik Lundqvist (2,675 in 10-11) and Miikka Kiprusoff (2,602 in 06-07). Great Lakes also set a new single-season high for total shots allowed (3,415), but, shockingly, were surpassed by another, even more porous defense: the Portland Winterhawks allowed 3,446 shots against, the most ever in a single season.

Not to be outdone, the Parry Sound Orrsmen posted the third worst goals against average (4.40) in league history, behind only the New Jersey Devils and Rochester Chenes Royale. If those names don’t ring a bell, it’s because those records were both set in the 1993-94 season, nearly 30 years ago.

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