Robert Larry Mickey (October 21, 1943 — July 23, 1982) was a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres between 1965 and 1975.
October 21, 1943|
Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
July 23, 1982 (aged 38)|
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
Chicago Black Hawks |
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings
While playing with the Omaha Knights, Mickey was named to the first team of the Central Hockey League All-Stars during the 1966-67 season, and his team advanced to the Adams Cup finals that same year.
On April 16, 1967, the night before the third game of the Adams Cup best-of-seven play-off series between the Omaha Knights and the Oklahoma City Blazers, Mickey was driving with his wife, Eleanor, on a country road near Seward, Nebraska late on Sunday night. The road's visibility was reduced to nearly zero as a result of blowing dust from a nearby field, and Mickey was involved in a two-car, head-on collision. Mickey suffered cuts, bruises and a broken left arm, while Eleanor was killed in the crash.
While Mickey had many accomplishments in the NHL, he was also known for his community involvement with youth hockey and children with special needs. Mickey is recognized as one of the early founders of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres. This franchise was established in Buffalo, New York in 1975. During its history, a half-dozen former Buffalo Sabres served as head coach or assistant coach. Mickey coached the team from 1975 to the end of the 1977 season.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1961–62||Moose Jaw Canucks||SJHL||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1961–62||Moose Jaw Canucks||M-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||4||2||1||3||10|
|1962–63||Moose Jaw Canucks||SJHL||54||32||38||70||85||6||1||5||6||23|
|1963–64||Moose Jaw Canucks||SJHL||62||69||73||142||139||5||7||2||9||6|
|1963–64||St. Louis Braves||CPHL||1||0||0||0||0||5||1||2||3||2|
|1963–64||Edmonton Oil Kings||M-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||4||0||0||0||2|
|1964–65||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1964–65||St. Louis Braves||CPHL||52||16||21||37||85||—||—||—||—||—|
|1965–66||New York Rangers||NHL||7||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1966–67||New York Rangers||NHL||8||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1967–68||New York Rangers||NHL||4||0||2||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1968–69||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||55||8||19||27||43||3||0||0||0||5|
|1970–71||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||65||6||12||18||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|1971–72||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||WHL||53||19||30||49||92||—||—||—||—||—|
- All-Star's Wife Killed: The Montréal Gazette, April 17, 1967, Page 33
- Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players: The Ultimate A-Z Guide of Everyone Who Has Ever Played in the NHL. Toronto: Doubleday Canada. p. 584. ISBN 0-385-25999-9.
- "After Hockey, Life was too Difficult", New York Times, 1982-09-08.