April 23, 1961 |
Regina, SK, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)|
|Played for||Pittsburgh Penguins
Tampa Bay Lightning
William Darren "Jock" Callander (born April 23, 1961 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a former professional ice hockey player, and current assistant coach/TV analyst for the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.
The younger brother of Jock, Drew, replaced a small NHL career with a historic one in the IHL. Never drafted, he had brief stops with the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Tampa Bay Lightning, but with the Muskegon/Cleveland Lumberjacks he was sensational, breaking the all-time points mark during the 1999–2000 season when he registered his 1,383rd career point, breaking the record of Len Thornson.
Callander started slowly in junior with Regina Pats, 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. At the 1992 Victory Celebration for the Pittsburgh Penguins at Three Rivers Stadium, Callander lost his watch to a fan who had inadvertently grabbed it while slapping hands. Over the summer, though, he became a free agent and Pittsburgh did not 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.
Callander retired from hockey following the 1999–2000 season and became an assistant coach for Cleveland in 2000–01 before joining the Houston Aeros the following year.
In 2007, Callander returned to Cleveland to work with the city's then new American Hockey League franchise, the Lake Erie Monsters. He is a color analyst for the team's TV broadcasts, and in 2012 (for games not televised) he also became an assistant coach for the team.
On December 16, 2011, before a Monsters game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Callander had his number 15 retired in honor of his career as a member of the Lumberjacks, as well as his involvement in hockey initiatives in the Cleveland area.
|1982–83||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||CHL||68||20||27||47||26||6||0||1||1||9|
|1992–93||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||8||1||1||2||2||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
- Two-time IHL All-Star Team Selection - 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)
- 1992 Stanley Cup Championship (as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins)
- Two-time Turner Cup Champion (as a member of the Muskegon Lumberjacks) - 1986, 1989
- Number retired by the Lake Erie Monsters (#15)
- Callander bio - Lake Erie Monsters.com