With the Charlottetown Islanders regular season opener set for tomorrow night against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, a few Islanders are approaching some significant milestones within the history of the organization. Here’s a look at some records that Islanders are currently chasing:
1: Hunter Drew has rightfully earned the reputation of being a hard-nosed defender that doesn’t back down from anyone. With this reputation comes frequent trips to the penalty box; he led the QMJHL last season in penalty minutes with 159. Drew’s penchant for penalties brings him upon a noteworthy statistic in franchise history: With just one penalty, Drew will surpass David Henley as the Islanders all-time leader in penalty minutes. Drew and Henley are currently tied with 228 PIM’s.
He’d have a way to go to catch the franchise all-time leader dating back to the PEI Rocket years; he’d need 269 PIM’s this season just to tie former Rocket tough guy Jimmy Bonneau!
1: The number 1 is also a significant one for goaltender Matthew Welsh. With just one more shutout, he’ll pass Ryan Mior for first all-time in shutouts by a netminder, with 9!
You can replace the word “shutout” with “points” in the above statement and it would still be correct; Welsh currently sits tied with Mior in career points by a goalie with 8. He’d need just one more assist to break the tie!
40: Welsh will soon pass Mior in yet another category. Should Welsh play in 40 games this season, he’ll move past Mior into first in franchise history in games by a goalie, with 158.
13: Pierre-Olivier Joseph has built himself quite a career in Charlottetown, already sitting first in Islanders history in points by a defenseman! His 93 career points sits him fourth in franchise history as well. He’ll need 13 points to move in to second in franchise history, in the process leapfrogging Louis Robitaille and Jordan Southorn.
He’d need a massive 101-point season to wrestle first away from Marc-Andre Gragnani. He finished his PEI Rocket career with 193 points.
24: Keith Getson has become synonymous with Charlottetown Islanders hockey. He holds many games played records (more on that below) and sits sixth in Islanders history with 105 points. He needs just 24 to move past Alexandre Goulet and Bradley Kennedy for 4th in team history in points.
His teammate and friend, Pierre-Olivier Joseph, trails just behind him. Joseph would need 36 points to also leapfrog Goulet and Kennedy in points.
27: Getson recently surpassed Kameron Kielly as the all-time games played leader for the Islanders, yet he still has the opportunity to climb the leaderboard amongst franchise leaders. When Getson plays his 27th game of the season, he’ll move into third on the franchise all-time games played list, surpassing former Rocket players Marc-Andre Gragnani, Jordan Southorn, Louis Robitaille, and David Laliberte.
Unfortunately, as an overager that’s as high as Getson will climb. Even if he plays all 68 games this season, Getson will still fall 13 games short of Ben Duffy for second on that list. Forward Pierre-Andre Bureau sits first all-time with 346 games and will never be surpassed. Bureau played for the Rocket in a time where the regular season lasted 72 games, not 68.
65: Getson has played in every game for the Islanders since December 28th, 2016. That alone gives him the 13th longest ironman streak in overall franchise history (he already holds the longest ironman streak in Islanders history). If Getson plays in the first 65 of this season’s 68 games, he’ll move past Josh Currie for the second-longest ironman streak in franchise history, with 168 consecutive games played.
Once again, Getson won’t surpass Ben Duffy. Duffy played in 295 consecutive games, a streak that spanned over four calendar years!
Don’t miss a second of the action this weekend as the Islanders kick off their season with back-to-back home games! Tickets are available at the Eastlink Centre box office, online at https://boxoffice.eastlinkcentrepei.com, or by phone at 902-629-6625!