Drafted 8th overall in the second round of the NHL Amateur Draft in 1964, local boy Jim Booth went on to many great things in his hockey career even though he never made it to the NHL.
He was so good that the Bruins wanted him. But he had to settle for being inducted into the US College Hockey Hall of Fame.
Starting off with the Oshawa Generals in 1964 and later going on to the Moose Jaw Canucks, he didn’t have his best season ’til he played for the Saskatoon Blades in 1968-69, where he scored an amazing 53 points in 53 games, including 17 goals.
His travels brought him back home to play for the Sault Ste. Marie Canadians in 1970-71, but by then much of his career was over, playing the rest of the season and the next back with the Flint Generals, where he scored in their playoff bout.
Not much is kept on record of his time with the Canadians but here are some facts about Booth:
- Named to NAIA All-America Team while playing for Lake Superior in 1967-68, 1968-69, and 1969-70.
- Led Lake Superior in scoring as freshman in 1966-67 (40 points) and as a senior in 1969-70 (52 points).
- Led Lake Superior in assists in 1966-67 (30), 1969-70 (31).
- Left Lake Superior in 1970 as the school’s all-time assists leader with 103 (record since broken).
- Inducted into the U.S. College Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976, becoming first former Lake Superior player in Hall.
- Inducted into the Lake Superior State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997
I will try to find more information on Booth if I can and the rest of the Sault Canadians.
I would like to thank those that reached out to me about the Wayne Caufield column last week. Wayne is doing well and the legacy has lived on with his grandsons as they are doing great things in hockey today. I would also like to thank those on the EHL Facebook page that shared and had good things to say about the column on Wayne.