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1976-86 Laker Hockey All-Decade Team announced

1976-86 Laker Hockey All-Decade Team announced

SAULT STE. MARIE - Fan voting for the 1976-86 Lake Superior State hockey All-Decade Team, as part of the hockey program’s 50th Anniversary celebration, concluded Aug. 19 and features three LSSU Athletics Hall of Fame inductees.

Fans selected their three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender who played for the Lakers between the 1976-86 season and completed their time at LSSU by the 1985-86 season.
Four forwards were selected to the 1976-86 Lakers All-Decade Team as the final slot resulted in a tie between Steve Sherman and native Nick Palumbo. LSSU Athletics Hall of Fame member Dr. Steve Mulholland led the forward vote and was followed by Bob Ciotti with the second-most votes.

Dr. Steve Mulholland (1979-83)

Mulholland led the Lakers in scoring during all four years and is the only player to accomplish that feat at LSSU. He tallied the most goals during three of his four seasons. The native of West Vancouver, B.C., finished his career with 206 total points, ranking third overall, only to be surpassed by Jim Dowd and Sean Tallaire since. His 95 career goals and 11 assists rank fourth in program history.

 In 1979-80, Mulholland earned Central Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Year honors and was named to the All-CCHA Second Team. Mulholland also excelled in the classroom, earning CCHA All-Academic honors in 1980-81, 1981-82 and 1982-83; and was also an Academic All-American in 1982-83. 

Following a brief professional hockey career, Mulholland earned his medical degree, becoming a renowned surgeon after graduating from the University of Toronto School of Medicine in 1988 and was later certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1994.


Bob Ciotti (1977-81)

Ciotti served as a captain of the Lakers in 1980-81 and was named the team’s most valuable player that season after positing 15 goals and 30 assists in 32 games.  The Sault, Ont., native ranks tied for 17th in all-time points after accumulating 55-91—146 in 117 career games. His nephew and fellow Laker alum Chris Ciotti (2011-15) recently graduated and served as an assistant captain in 2014-15.



Steve Sherman (1978-82)

A teammate of both Mulholland and Ciotti, Sherman finished with 177 points in 136 games played at LSSU. The native of Maple, Ont., served as the captain of the Lakers with Ciotti and Greg Retty in 1980-81 and split the duties with Kevin MacDonald in 1981-82.

Sherman’s best season came as a junior when he posted 23 goals and 28 assists for 51 points. The following season he produced 45 points and was named the team’s most valuable forward.


Nick Palumbo (1982-86)

In 154 games played for the Lakers, Palumbo registered 56 goals and 72 assists for 128 career points. Another native of Sault, Ont., Palumbo enjoyed his most successful season in 1984-85, scoring 14 goals and tallying 31 assists in 44 games.

His junior season also marked the Lakers’ first trip to the NCAA Tournament and began a string of 13 consecutive LSSU seasons with a winning record.



The two defensemen selected for the 1976-86 All-Decade Team were a pair of American-born skaters, Chris Dahlquist (Friedley, Minn.) and Chris Guy (Littleton, Colo.)

Chris Dahlquist (1981-85)

LSSU Athletics Hall of Famer Chris Dahlquist enjoyed a dazzling four years on the Lakers’ blue line before embarking on a lengthy career in the NHL.

Dahlquist earned CCHA All-Academic and All-CCHA Honorable Mention honors as a senior while leading the Lakers to their first NCAA appearance in 1985. In 158 games played for LSSU Dahlquist tallied 12-56--68 and logged 313 penalty minutes. He was an assistant captain during the 1983-84 season and team captain in 1984-85. 

Dahlquist appeared in five games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1985-86, his first professional season, and went on to play for the Minnesota North Stars, Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators in 11 NHL seasons. In 532 career games with NHL clubs, he accumulated 19-71--90 and 488 penalty minutes. 

Dahlquist also played in 39 NHL playoff games and registered 11 points. In 1990-91, after being traded from Pittsburgh to Minnesota, Dahlquist appeared in 42 regular season games before logging 1-6--7 in 23 playoff games, helping the North Stars reach the Stanley Cup Finals.


Chris Guy (1981-85)

Another senior on the 1985 NCAA Tournament squad, Guy registered 120 points and 72 penalty minutes in 154 collegiate games.  During his sophomore and junior seasons, Guy led the Lakers in assists with 23 and 28, respectively.

Guy also holds the record for the most points by a defenseman in a single game after scoring a goal and logging four assists against Bowling Green on March 3, 1984. His 1983-84 point total marks the 11th-highest single-season point total by an LSSU defenseman with 12-28--40 in 39 games.



Pat Tims (1973-77)

Tims, the 1976-86 All-Decade Team goaltender selection, is the third LSSU Hall of Famer in the group and was a freshman on the 1973-74 NAIA National Championship team that was also inducted into the hall of fame.

Tims was selected as the All-CCHA First Team goaltender and NAIA All-American in 1973-74. He led the Lakers in games played in net and saves during all four of his seasons and held the team’s best goals-against average during three of his four seasons.

 Tims finished with two career shutouts and was the team’s MBP in both 1975 and ‘77.
When his career came to a close, Toronto native had established school records for single season saves (1,028, 1974), career saves (3,477) and saves in a game (54 vs. St. Louis, 1974). Tims also established the second-highest mark for games played in net with 107.

Voting for the 1986-96 All-Decade Team is now open and available at Voting for the 1986-96 All-Decade Team will conclude on Sept. 2. Fans may vote as many times until Sept. 2 for the 1986-96 LSSU All-Decade Team.