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Scott Stafford Turns Pro
MARCH 16, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

Former Sarnia Legionnaires penalty killing ace Scott Stafford has turned professional.

Stafford, who played two seasons of Jr. 'B' hockey in Sarnia, suited up with the Wedemart Scorpions of the German Upper League during the latter part of this season.

In fact, the one-handed right-winger appeared in the last three regular season games and all four playoff contests played by Wedemart.

During that time, he was credited with one goal and four assists.

Unfortunately, the Scorpions were eliminated from the post season in four straight games.

However, Stafford has said he would like to return to the team next year.

Stafford, who was born without a left hand, got his big break in the sport in the fall of 2007 when Bill Abercrombie, who was the Legionnaires head coach at the time, gave the youngster a roster spot.

In his second season with Sarnia, the St. Thomas native scored six goals and added eight assists.

Three of his tallies came in one game against Fort Erie.

In the playoffs, he had two goals and three assists as the Legionnaires won the Weir Cup as Western Ontario champions.

"He's an individual who plays with a lot of heart,” Legionnaires GM Bob Williamson said. “He would sit in our dressing room and motivate a team just by being there. They'd think 'if he can do it, we can do it.' That was one of the big things on our championship team.”

Stafford left the Legionnaires to go to Brock University the following season but continued his junior career with the Thorold Blackhawks. By the time he graduated from junior, Stafford had 106 points to his credit, including 26 goals.

Now 25 years old, he played senior hockey in Dundas before heading to Germany.

file photos -
Sarnia Blast 2007-08 season (upper right)
Sarnia Legionnaires 2008-09 season (lower left)








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