Jock Callander has seen his number 15 jersey go up once in a retirement ceremony. On Sunday afternoon, it will happen again and he admits it will mean a little more because of where it is happening.
Before the Regina Pats play the Moose Jaw Warriors in the 100th Anniversary Homecoming game to cap off a weekend of festivities, the Pats will retire the number 15 jersey worn by Callander from 1978-82. In the 1981-82 season, he led the WHL scoring with 79 goals and 111 assists for 190 points which is 5th best in WHL history. At one point he shared the WHL record for the longest point-scoring streak in a season with his linemate Wally Schreiber as they both registered at least one point in 47 straight games. In those 47 games, Callander had 141 points.
Callander had his 15 jersey retired in 2011 by the Cleveland Lumberjacks after a 17 year career split between Cleveland and Muskegon where he scored 477 goals and 1242 points in 1054 games.
While Callander was honoured to have that happen in Cleveland, the Regina native says having it done by his hometown team is a surreal feeling.
“My first dream was to play for the Pats.” Callander admitted. “My big brother (Drew) played for that 1974 team that won the Memorial Cup and I always looked up to him and wished I could play for the Pats which I did. I think it will be an emotional afternoon that’s for sure.
He will be the 9th Pat to have his jersey retired. The others are Ed Staniowski, Jordan Eberle, Brad Hornung, Clark Gillies, Doug Wickenheiser, Dennis Sobchuk, Dale Derkatch, Mike Sillinger and Bill Hicke.
Game time at the Brandt Centre is 2 o’clock. You can hear the game and the ceremony on 620 CKRM with Phil Andrews.