Scoring Records of the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers
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Scoring Records of the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers

The Ambassadors, Junior Red Wings or Whalers - all nicknames of the top U.S. based team in the Ontario Hockey League. The scoring records of the Plymouth Whalers reflect the success the team has had, as a whole.

The Plymouth Whalers began their Ontario Hockey League existence as the Detroit Compuware Ambassadors in 1990-91. After a few name adjustments, the franchise adopted their current name in 1997-98. The Whalers have definitely been the most successful of the three U.S. based teams in the predominately Canadian major junior hockey league. The team’s individual scoring records are a reflection of the team’s respectability.

plymouth whalers ontario hockey league logoChad Larose set the Plymouth Whalers team record for most goals in a single season in 2002-03 with 61. The count tied him with Matt Foy of the Ottawa 67’s for second in the league that season, two goals behind Foy’s teammate Corey Locke. Larose was awarded the Leo Lalonde Trophy for his performance as the OHL’s top overage player. It was the third of his three seasons in the league, all spent with Plymouth.

Chad went undrafted but caught on with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005-06 and has played over 440 NHL regular season games and counting. Currently a member of the Hurricanes, Chad played in 21 playoff games in 2005-06 as Carolina won their only Stanley Cup.

Kevin Brown’s 91 assists in 1992-93, when the team was known as the Detroit Junior Red Wings, still stands as a team record. He started the season with the Belleville Bulls, playing six games and notching five of his assists before being traded to Detroit. Brown finished second in assists that season to Andrew Brunette of the Owen Sound Platers. Brunette assisted on an amazing 100 goals.

Kevin played three seasons in the OHL from 1991-92 to 1993-94. His first full season was spent with Belleville and he finished his career in Plymouth. In both his final two seasons, he was the Jim Mahon Trophy recipient as the highest scoring right winger in the league. He totaled 141 and 135 points in those years enroute to 324 career OHL points in 185 regular season games.

Brown was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, 87th overall. He played in 64 NHL regular season games with L.A., the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers.

Bob Wren set the points record for the Plymouth Whalers in 1992-93, as well. Wren totaled 145 points but, like Kevin Brown in the assists department, finished second behind Andrew Brunette of Owen Sound. Brunette finished the season with 162 points, a total that has gone unchallenged in the league since.

Wren played with the franchise for three seasons from 1991-92 to 1993-94. He first season was the last of Compuware Ambassadors. He was taken by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, 94th overall. He played in just five NHL regular season games with the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs. Bob has been playing in Europe since 2003-04 and is currently a member of the Ravensburg Towerstars of Germany’s tier 2, 2.Bundesliga.

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