Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jock Callander
The younger brother of Drew, Jock Callander replaced a small NHL career with an historic one in the IHL. Never drafted, he had brief stops with St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Tampa, but with the Muskegon/Cleveland Lumberjacks he was sensational, breaking the all-time points mark during the 1999-2000 season when he regsitered his 1,383rd career point.

Callander started slowly in junior with Regina, but in his last two seasons he produced staggering totals of 146 goals and 343 points, leading the league in 1981-82. Nonetheless, he was never drafted by an NHL team, signing with St. Louis as a free agent, though never playing for the Blues. Instead, he had to settle for a start in the CHL and IHL, where he spent the first five pro years of his career. He signed with Pittsburgh, and over the next three years split his time between the Penguins and the IHL.

The highlight of his NHL time came in 1991-92. After playing the whole year with Muskegon, he came up to the Penguins for the playoffs, appearing in a dozen games en route to the Stanley Cup. Over the summer, though, he became a free agent and Pittsburgh didn't sign him--he went to Tampa Bay. Callander played eight games with the Lightning and most of the next eight years back in the IHL with Cleveland.

For much of his time in the IHL he was paired with best friend Dave Michayluk, another journeyman NHLer who became the IHLs all-time leading scorer, in large measure thanks to the passing of Callander. They lived near each other on Avon Lake, Ohio, their wives are best friends, and they played together for almost their entire IHL careers.

Jock Callander retired from hockey following the 99-2000 season and became an assistant coach for Cleveland in 2000-01 before joining the Houston Aeros the following year.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Regina Blues SJHL 42 44 42 86 24
1978-79 Regina Pats WHL 19 3 2 5 0
1979-80 Regina Pats WHL 39 9 11 20 25 18 8 5 13 0
1979-80 Regina Pats M-Cup 4 1 2 3 0
1980-81 Regina Pats WHL 72 67 86 153 37 11 6 7 13 14
1981-82 Regina Pats WHL 71 79 111 190 59 20 13 26 39 37
1982-83 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 68 20 27 47 26 6 0 1 1 9
1983-84 Montana Magic CHL 72 27 32 59 69
1983-84 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 2 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 82 39 68 107 86 17 8 13 21 33
1985-86 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 82 39 72 111 121 14 12 11 23 12
1986-87 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 82 54 82 136 110 15 13 7 20 23
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 41 11 16 27 45 -13
1987-88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 31 20 36 56 49 6 2 3 5 25
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 30 6 5 11 20 -3 10 2 5 7 10
1988-89 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 48 25 39 64 40 7 5 5 10 30
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 30 4 7 11 49 0
1989-90 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 46 29 49 78 118 15 6 14 20 54
1990-91 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 30 14 20 34 102
1991-92 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 81 42 70 112 160 10 4 10 14 13
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 12 1 3 4 2
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 8 1 1 2 2 -5
1992-93 Atlanta Knights IHL 69 34 50 84 172 9 7 5 12 25
1993-94 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 81 31 70 101 126
1994-95 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 61 24 36 60 90 4 2 2 4 6
1995-96 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 81 42 53 95 150 3 1 0 1 8
1996-97 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 61 20 34 54 56 14 7 6 13 10
1997-98 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 72 20 33 53 105 -12 10 5 6 11 6
1998-99 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 81 28 26 54 121
1999-00 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 64 16 27 43 83 -7 9 1 5 6 6
NHL Totals 109 22 29 51 116 22 3 8 11 12


Brother of Drew
IHL First All-Star Team (1987, 1992)
Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy (Leading Scorer - IHL) (1987) (tied with Jeff Pyle)
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (MVP - IHL) (1987) (co-winner - Jeff Pyle)
Became IHL's all-time leading scorer (1383 points) in game vs. Cincinnati (IHL), February 23, 2000.
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, September 28, 1981. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 31, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 29, 1992.
Officially announced retirement and named assistant coach of Cleveland (IHL), August 30, 2000.
Named Assistant Coach of Houston (AHL), July 31, 2001.