28 March 1961|
Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings
35th overall, 1980|
New York Rangers
After playing hockey at the junior level for the Kenora Thistles, Allison caught the attention of the Sudbury Wolves, who made him their first draft pick in the 1978 OHL Draft. Playing on the left wing, Allison had an exceptional second season in Sudbury, achieving 95 points, on the strength of 71 assists, and was drafted by the New York Rangers in the second round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Allison began his National Hockey League career the very next season in 1980–81, and his first season proved to be his most productive. He scored on his very first shot on goal, on 9 October 1980, making him the youngest Rangers player to score in their NHL debut at 19 years and 195 days. His record was surpassed by Lias Andersson in 2018, who was 19 years 164 days old. Two days after his debut, Allison recorded a hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It would prove to be the only hat trick of Allison's entire career. Playing on a line with Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg for the first half of the season, Allison finished the season as the Rangers' leader in rookie scoring, and established team records for rookie assists (38) and points (64), although the records were surpassed the following season by Mark Pavelich.
Allison played five more seasons for the Rangers, but a series of knee injuries prevented him from playing a full season again while in New York. In the summer of 1986 he was traded to the Maple Leafs for Walt Poddubny, and for only the second time played a full NHL season. By this point in his career, knee injuries had made Allison adjust his playing style to be more of a defensive player, often playing killing penalties, and less of an aggressive forward. In spite of this, he still was a strong contributor for the Maple Leafs in the 1986–87 NHL Playoffs. Early in the 1987–88 NHL season Allison was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Sean McKenna. After playing three more partial seasons with the Kings, Allison retired from the NHL after the 1989–90 NHL season.
After his playing career ended, Allison spent one season as an assistant coach at Bemidji State, and later served as an assistant to his brother Dave, who was head coach of the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL. From 1995 to 1998, Allison spent three seasons providing color commentary on Kings' radio broadcasts, during which time he also became involved with the Kings' youth hockey camp, becoming co-director. In 1999, the two Allison brothers founded their own hockey camp in Fort Frances, A & A Hockey Camps, and Mike Allison served as an instructor there through 2003.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1977–78||New Westminster Bruins||WCHL||5||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1980–81||New York Rangers||NHL||75||26||38||64||83||14||3||1||4||20|
|1981–82||New York Rangers||NHL||48||7||15||22||74||10||1||3||4||18|
|1982–83||New York Rangers||NHL||39||11||9||20||37||8||0||5||5||10|
|1983–84||New York Rangers||NHL||45||8||12||20||64||5||0||1||1||6|
|1984–85||New York Rangers||NHL||31||9||15||24||17||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||New York Rangers||NHL||28||2||13||15||22||16||0||2||2||38|
|1985–86||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||9||6||6||12||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||71||7||16||23||66||13||3||5||8||15|
|1987–88||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||15||0||3||3||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||37||16||12||28||57||5||0||0||0||16|
|1988–89||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||55||14||22||36||122||7||1||0||1||10|
|1989–90||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||55||2||11||13||78||4||1||0||1||2|
|1989–90||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||5||2||2||4||14||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Mike Earnest Allison". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
- "Andersson scores in first game with Rangers in front of proud family". NHL.com. 27 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
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