Medicine Hat, AB –– On Monday, a total solar eclipse entered the history books as the first to sweep over the United States since 1918.
Our neighbors to the South had some of the best views for the natural phenomenon with some cities going under complete darkness at 1:20pm. However Canada will soon hold the upper hand on April 8, 2024, when New Brunswick and Newfoundland will boast the best sight lines of the next solar eclipse.
Here’s a look at five Medicine Hat Tigers single-game and career records that will likely remain past 2024 and perhaps never to be eclipsed.
Career Games Played by a Goaltender
The day and age of a 16 year old goalie playing 50+ games is beyond our years. That would be the scenario in order to break this Tigers record which has stood since the 1994 season.
Goaltender Sonny Mignacca appeared in 199 games throughout his Tiger career, playing over 11000 minutes in the net. The next closest goaltender was Tyler Bunz when he suited up in orange and black from 2007 to 2012. Bunz came close to the record by playing in 50+ games as a 17, 18 and 19 year old.
Mignacca would play 33 games as a 16 year old and followed that up with 56, 50 and 60 game seasons throughout his four years with Medicine Hat.
Most Goals in a Single Season
During an era of hockey that had ridiculous scoring numbers Don Murdoch filled the net in his two seasons as a Tiger. Most memorable was his 1975-76 campaign in which he recorded 88 goals, a record that still stands today.
The closest any recent Tigers have come to the record is Emerson Etem’s 61 goals in 2011-12, that was also the season where Etem scored 50 goals in 50 games.
Consider in an era of hockey where the game has lots of parody and one goal games, the highest goal total in the past 10 seasons within the WHL is 63 goals by Oliver Bjorkstrand in 2014-15, it should be a record that will stand long beyond 2024.
Most Penalty Minutes in a Single Season
Once again we head to an era of hockey known to many fans as one of the toughest times to play the game. When multiple fights would break out per game and sometimes players could get away with nasty things, penalty minutes would sky rocket.
For the Tigers it was Derek Davis who would record an astounding 496 penalty minutes during the 1980-81 season. Davis would lead the entire Western Hockey League in that category as well.
In today’s game 10 minute misconducts and game misconducts don’t count towards your penalty minutes, which for some can cause the inflated stats of the 70s and 80s compared to 2017-18.
However, let’s consider that Zach Fischer recorded 145 penalty minutes last season which saw him fight over 15 times which can basically mean this record will last long after the next eclipse.
Career Shutouts by a Goaltender
Shutouts are one of the hardest feats to accomplish for a goaltender in hockey. The night has to be just right. Your team has to play just right in front of you. For Matt Keetley his Tiger career was full of ‘donuts’ as he played on some of the greatest teams in Tiger history, including the 2007 Championship winning team.
Over his 3 year Tiger career Keetley posted 18 shutouts, a record that has never come close to being broken. Keetley accomplished the feat by recording 6 shutouts in 3 consecutive seasons, while posting GAA’s under 2.20 in every season as well.
Kevin Nastiuk previously held the record with 11 before Keetley came around, but after that Marek Langhamer recorded 6 shutouts in his 3 seasons with the Tigers. It’s safe to say this record will be around for a while.
Every hockey player wants to collect points throughout their career, however Al Conroy has the most ever by a Tiger. Playing 4 seasons in Medicine Hat spanning 1982 to 1986, Conroy recorded 95+ points in all 4 seasons, a feat that hasn’t been done before.
Conroy averaged 1.68 points per game over his Tiger career recording 446 points.
Consider that Chad Butcher played 5 seasons with the Tigers and recorded 260 points or that Linden Vey led the CHL in scoring during the 2011-12 season with 116 points and finished his Tiger career with only 280 points.
Note: Vey is the most recent player to have ever come close to the record.