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SPORTS

Davis earns place in record books

By Ian Denomme

Gazette Staff

Photo courtesy of Jeff Renaud
RECORD SETTING NIGHT. Western head coach Clarke Singer presents Justin Davis with the puck he used to score career point number 187 as a Mustang, making him the all-time leading scorer.

Another chapter was added to the Western hockey history books on Friday night.

In a game against the Waterloo Warriors at Thompson Arena, Mustang captain Justin Davis became the all-time leading scorer, surpassing Mike Tomlak.

Tomlak amassed 186 points for the Mustangs from 1985 to 1989 and went on to play parts of four seasons in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers, while also having a number of successful years in the AHL and IHL.

In his fifth year with the Mustangs, Davis is leading Ontario University Athletics with 32 points, and with two goals and an assist on Friday, collected his 187th regular season point.

“It’s a relief,” Davis said. “I never thought of it at the start of the year, but as it got close, a lot of people started to mention it. It’s also nice to do it at home.”

“It’s huge,” said head coach Clarke Singer. “It’s seldom that a player has an opportunity to do something like this. It’s an incredible accomplishment.”

With nine more games to go in the regular season, Davis has a chance to increase his lead even further. He did however point out that it took him an extra year to pass Tomlak.

“Tomlak was a great player. I had the benefit of an extra year, which he didn’t. But it’s an honour... I don’t have many records,” he said.

Davis was Singer’s first recruit as head coach at Western, which made the feat a little more special for him. Singer also felt the accomplishment was even more significant considering Western’s long hockey history.

“Western has over 40 years of hockey history and during that time there has been some great players. Guys like Tomlak and Steve Rucchin, so for Justin to get the record with games to go is very impressive.”

OUA Men’s Hockey Points Standings

1. Justin Davis
(Western) - 32

2. Michael Stathopoulus
(Western) - 29

3. Pierre-Luc Emond
(UQTR) - 27

4. Daryl Bat
(York) - 26

5. Michael Rice
(Western) - 25

 

 

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