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07-15-2007, 05:24 PM
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Jim Lorentz (centre)
399 points in 659 NHL games (22 points in 54 NHL playoff games).
As a junior, Jim Lorentz put in three successful campaigns with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA from 1964 to 1967. The following year, he turned pro in the Boston Bruins' chain with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL. The young forward made a splash as rookie-of-the-year in his first season. In year two, he led the league in scoring with 101 points in 56 games.
But in spite of his prolific offensive numbers, it was no shoe-in to make a Bruins' lineup on the verge of Stanley Cup glory. Lorentz did, however, squeak his way onto the roster as a fourth-line centreman behind Esposito, Sanderson, and Stanfield. He spent most of his time on the bench, watching Bobby Orr work his magic as his team won the league championship.
With the Sabres, Lorentz finally got enough ice time to establish himself as
a solid, two-way player
who had a playmaker's touch and the ability to consistently score goals in the range of 20 to 25 per season.
His most notable claim to fame flew into his life during a playoff game against the Philadelphia Flyers in 1975. A bat had decided to take flight in the Memorial Auditorium, swooping down here and there, distracting the players. Goaltender Bernie Parent took a few swipes with his stick to no avail. But during the third period, Lorentz gave it a go with his stick and knocked the little beast to the ice where it died before thousands of onlookers. Meanwhile, the television audience was told it was a bird. This prompted bird-lovers from all around to send letters to the bewildered Sabre condemning him for his deadly actions. Since then, Lorentz has carried the moniker "Batman."
In all, he remained as a Sabres mainstay until 1978.
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