Lonnie Loach

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Lonnie Loach
Born (1968-04-14) April 14, 1968 (age 46)
New Liskeard, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Ottawa Senators
Los Angeles Kings
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
NHL Draft 98th overall, 1986
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1988–2006

Lonnie Loach (born April 14, 1968) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Loach spent the majority of his career in the IHL but also played briefly in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators, Los Angeles Kings, and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He played left wing and shot left-handed.

Playing career[edit]

After one season with the Guelph Platers of the OHL Loach was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 5th round, 98th overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted Loach returned to the Platers and played another 2 years with the team. Loach then turned pro and played the next 3 years in the IHL. During the 1990–1991 season Loach led the IHL with 131 points in 81 games and helped lead the Fort Wayne Komets to the Turner Cup Finals.

Following the 1990–1991 season Loach signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings. He spent one year with the Red Wings' minor league affiliate Adirondack Red Wings, scoring 86 points in 67 games during the 1991–1992 season. In 1992 Loach was claimed in the Expansion Draft by the Ottawa Senators.

The 1992–1993 season saw Loach finally make his NHL debut. He appeared in 3 games with the Senators early in the season, but was eventually released. Loach was quickly picked up by the Los Angeles Kings however, and he earned a spot on the Kings roster. He played in 50 games, scoring 23 points. Following the season Loach was again claimed in the Expansion Draft, this time by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He was unable to crack the Mighty Ducks roster for the 1993–1994 season, spending the majority of the year with the San Diego Gulls while appearing in 3 games with the Mighty Ducks. This would be the last time Loach would play in the NHL.

Loach spent the next 5 years in the IHL. His most successful season during this time was during the 1995–1996 season when he scored 86 points with the Detroit Vipers. Loach would also make stops with the San Antonio Dragons, Long Beach Ice Dogs, and Kansas City Blades.

Loach then played from the 1999–2000 season until the 2002–2003 season with the Missouri River Otters of the UHL. Over 4 seasons he scored 310 points in 238 games with the River Otters. During the 2002–2003 season Loach also made an appearance with the Los Angeles Kings minor league affiliate Manchester Monarchs, playing 3 games. Loach retired from hockey following the 2002–2003 season. For the 2003–2004 season Loach was hired as the head coach of the River Otters and coached the team for the majority of the year, but was replaced after 70 games and a dismal 16–47–7 record.

Loach came out of retirement for the 2005–2006 season with the River Otters, skating in 21 games with the team before retiring again in 2006. He had his #33 retired by the River Otters, the only player to have his number retired by the team.

Awards[edit]

  • 1986: OHL Rookie of the Year
  • 1991: IHL Second All-Star Team
  • 1991: Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy (leading scorer in IHL)

Community involvement[edit]

For several years during the mid 90's Lonnie Loach had helped hundreds and hundreds of children across Northern Ontario by running his own hockey school for kids. He started this while playing for the Detroit Red Wings and brought along with him former teammate Keith Primeau.

Lonnie's hockey school was a huge success amongst the Northern Ontario crowd. It ran for three years and even spawned one professional NHL hockey player, Fellow Hockey Heritage North Alumni, "The Zack Morris" of KLCVI. Kurtis McLean .

Lonnie has also helped raise money for local charities in Northern Ontario by lending his services to charity hockey tournaments in Northern Ontario. One in particular is the Canadian Tire Rino Robazza Memorial Hockey tournament.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

                                            --- Regular season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1985-86  Guelph Platers              OHL    65   41   42   83   63  20   7   8  15  16
1986-87  Guelph Platers              OHL    56   31   24   55   42   5   2   1   3   2
1987-88  Guelph Platers              OHL    66   43   49   92   75  --  --  --  --  --
1988-89  Saginaw Hawks               IHL    32    7    6   13   27  --  --  --  --  --
1988-89  Flint Spirits               IHL    41   22   26   48   30  --  --  --  --  --
1989-90  Fort Wayne Komets           IHL    54   15   33   48   40   5   4   2   6  15
1989-90  Indianapolis Ice            IHL     3    0    1    1    0  --  --  --  --  --
1989-90  Canadian National Team      Intl    9    3    1    4    2  --  --  --  --  --
1990-91  Fort Wayne Komets           IHL    81   55   76  131   45  19   5  11  16  13
1991-92  Adirondack Red Wings        AHL    67   37   49   86   69  19  13   4  17  10
1992-93  Los Angeles Kings           NHL    50   10   13   23   27   1   0   0   0   0
1992-93  Ottawa Senators             NHL     3    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
1992-93  Phoenix Roadrunners         IHL     4    2    3    5   10  --  --  --  --  --
1993-94  San Diego Gulls             IHL    74   42   49   91   65   9   4  10  14   6
1993-94  Mighty Ducks of Anaheim     NHL     3    0    0    0    2  --  --  --  --  --
1994-95  San Diego Gulls             IHL    13    3   10   13   21  --  --  --  --  --
1994-95  Detroit Vipers              IHL    64   32   43   75   45   3   2   1   3   2
1995-96  Detroit Vipers              IHL    79   35   51   86   75  11   1   5   6   8
1996-97  San Antonio Dragons         IHL    70   24   37   61   45   9   1   3   4  10
1997-98  San Antonio Dragons         IHL    52    7   29   36   22  --  --  --  --  --
1998-99  Kansas City Blades          IHL    22    9    5   14    6   3   1   0   1   0
1998-99  Long Beach Ice Dogs         IHL    30   12    9   21   18  --  --  --  --  --
1999-00  Chicago Wolves              IHL     1    0    0    0    0   8   0   3   3   0
1999-00  Missouri River Otters       UHL    58   29   56   85   20   3   3   2   5   2
2000-01  Chicago Wolves              IHL    --   --   --   --   --   2   0   0   0   0
2000-01  Missouri River Otters       UHL    56   27   37   64   29   4   2   6   8   2
2001-02  Missouri River Otters       UHL    56   35   49   84   26   4   3   2   5   2
2002-03  Missouri River Otters       UHL    68   29   48   77   48   3   0   1   1   0
2002-03  Manchester Monarchs         AHL     3    0    1    1    0  --  --  --  --  --
2005-06  Missouri River Otters       UHL    21    4    7   11   12  --  --  --  --  --
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         NHL totals                         56   10   13   23   29   1   0   0   0   0

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Canada Nat. Team 9 3 1 4 2

Coaching statistics[edit]

Season  Team                  Lge       Type GP  W  L T OTL   Pct 
2003-04 Missouri River Otters UHL Head Coach 70 16 47 0   7 0.279 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sherratt, Brad. "CTC Robazza tourney another huge success". Northern News. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 

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