Career[edit | edit source]
The younger brother of Drew, Jock Callander replaced a small NHL career with a historic one in the IHL. Never drafted, he had brief stops with St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Tampa, but with the Muskegon/Cleveland Lumberjacks he was sensational, breaking the all-time points mark during the 1999–2000 season when he registered his 1,383rd career point, breaking the record of Len Thornson.
Callander started slowly in junior with the Regina Pats, but in his last two seasons he produced staggering totals of 146 goals and 343 points, leading the league in 1981–82. Nonetheless, he was never drafted by an NHL team, signing with St. Louis as a free agent, though never playing for the Blues. Instead, he had to settle for a start in the CHL and IHL, where he spent the first five pro years of his career. He signed with Pittsburgh, and over the next three years split his time between the Penguins and the IHL.
For much of his time in the IHL he was paired with best friend Dave Michayluk, another journeyman NHLer who became the IHL's all-time leading scorer, in large measure thanks to the passing of Callander.
Jock Callander retired from hockey following the 1999–2000 season and became an assistant coach for Cleveland in 2000–01 before joining the Houston Aeros the following year.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
|1982–83||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||CHL||68||20||27||47||26||6||0||1||1||9|
|1992–93||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||8||1||1||2||2|
Awards[edit | edit source]
- WHL Leading Scorer Bob Clarke Trophy 1981-82
- IHL First All-Star Team (1987, 1992)
- Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy (Leading Scorer - IHL) (1987) (tied with Jeff Pyle)
- James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (MVP - IHL) (1987) (co-winner - Jeff Pyle)
- Became IHL's all-time leading scorer (1383 points) in game vs. Cincinnati (IHL), February 23, 2000.
- 1992 Stanley Cup Championship (Pittsburgh)
[edit | edit source]
- Jock Callander's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Jock Callander's biography at Legends of Hockey
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