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02-16-2008, 02:03 PM
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Regina selects C Len Thornson. This big center is the now defunct IHL's all-time scoring leader with 1252 points in just 763 games. He played in the original six era where it was very difficult to get onto one of the top two lines of any NHL team. This gentlemanly player had only 101 AHL penalty minutes in his entire career. On two occasions, 1960-61 and 1966-67, Thornson was just a few points shy of that elusive "Two points per game" mark.

His playoff history is equally impressive. In 64 career games, he scored 40 goals (exceeding his career average in the regular season) and 88 points.

He is a six-time winner of the IHL's James Gatschene Memorial Trophy as the IHL's MVP, over a ten year span. He is also a three-time winner of the Leo Lamoreux Memorial Trophy as the IHL's leading scorer during that span.

Wikipedia states that Jock Callander passed his points record in 2000, but hockeydb shows Thornson ahead by 10 points. In any case, Thornson did it in many fewer games.

Thornson will be our 2nd line center and will either feed the puck to established NHLers or minor league scrubs. We are sure he will be successful either way.

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