Meet Marc-André Element.
He's a Concordia assistant captain who was awarded a Guy Lafleur Award of Merit. His coach calls him "one of the top defensive forwards in CIS hockey" and said "I've witnessed firsthand how his philosophy and ethics influence everyone around him." Stat-wise, last year, Element had five goals and eight assists.
And he only played one game.
Well, at least that's what the CIS would have you believe. Concordia's website has him in 31 games, season and playoffs, but the CIS statistics only have one regular-season game. (EDIT: The OUA's official totals are correct, so it seems something was lost in transition.)
It's not clear what happened until you gather all the stats together and notice that another Stinger's name appears in 55 games--an incredible accomplishment with a 28-game schedule. That someone else is Marc-André Rizk, who not only shares a first name with Element, but also the first digit of their sweater numbers (Rizk is 17, Element is 15).
And then you look a little more and find games like this, where Rizk apparently cloned himself. One version of him had 12 penalty minutes; the other: a goal and an assist. What makes this all the more confusing is that Element is named twice in the penalty summary, with a total of 12 PIM.
So I have some questions: If the scorekeeper was awake enough to record a penalty, twice, for #15, shouldn't there also be an entry for him below? How can a player's penalty be recorded for him but not show up in his stats? Why aren't shots recorded for any players in the OUA? (Wait, that's another topic.) How many other players lost their stats to someone with a similar name?
The CIS says Marc-André Element's official total is one goal in one game. Who knows which game that was...