’62’s Last All-Time Record Holder
In his final year, Ron Chisholm held opponents to 2.18 goals per game, an Academy record that has stood for 46 years. This was the last Academy individual or team record belonging to the Class of 1962.
Ron had a sensational career but this writer is only now realizing it.
His 50 career wins in goal is third all-time and put him first by 13 wins at graduation.
His 1639 career saves is 11th all-time but was first by 41 saves at graduation.
His career goals-against average of 2.53 is 4th all-time but was first by about a full goal at graduation.
His career save percentage of .905 is fifth all-time but was tops at graduation.
His ten career shutouts is second all-time but was first by six shutouts at graduation.
In addition to his all-time record for goals-against per game in First Class year (now 2nd), his Cow year mark is still 9th best and his Yearling year mark is 13th. Ron stood first, second, and third in this category at graduation!
His save percentage in his last year puts him second all-time but he was first at graduation.
His five shutouts First Class year puts him second but first at graduation.
He received the Henry “Hal” Beukema Award as the most valuable player on the hockey team in 1962.
By my count, then, Ron Chisholm held ten all-time Army hockey records when we graduated. That includes most wins in a season -17 (twice – 60-61 and 61-62). Ron also held the most saves in a season at around 605 (exact number not available). Was it just me who did not know this?
The hockey media guide is a good one and mining this Ron Chisholm data from it resulted in the discovery of a very interesting sub-story, one that might support a mini-series.
The goalie for the 1962-63 season was Jack Shephard,Class of 1963. The year after that, the goalie was Neil Mieras, Class of 1964. So each of those guys got to start in goal for one year. Well, Shephard eclipsed Ron in three of the all-time goalie records and Mieras tied him for another! These three goalies put together a five-year run of excellence unequalled in the annals of Army hockey history.
So visualize Shepard and Mieras, top goalies, riding the bench for two full years waiting for the man ahead to graduate. There is a story there and I hope someone will come forward with it.