Michael Krushelnyski (born April 27, 1960) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre/left winger who played 14 years in the National Hockey League (NHL). While playing in the NHL, he won three Stanley Cups as a player with the Edmonton Oilers and one as an Assistant Coach with the Detroit Red Wings. In a career of 897 games, Krushelnyski recorded 241 goals and 328 assists for 569 career points. He was born in Montreal, Quebec, but grew up in LaSalle, Quebec.
April 27, 1960|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
Cape Breton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
120th overall, 1979|
As a youth, Krushelnyski played in the 1973 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from LaSalle, Quebec. After being selected by the Boston Bruins in the 6th round, 120th overall, in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Krushelnyski played for the Springfield Indians and the Erie Blades in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Krushelnyski made his NHL debut on October 24, 1981, against the Montreal Canadiens. During the 1984–85 offseason, the Bruins traded Krushelnyski to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Ken Linseman. While playing left wing on the Oilers top line with Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri, Krushelnyski finished fourth on the team in scoring as he recorded a new career-high 43 goals and 88 points.
Krushelnyski won three Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers in 1985, 1987, and 1988. Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley were part of the 1988 trade in which Wayne Gretzky (who had personally requested McSorley and Krushelnyski to be part of the trade) was sent to the Los Angeles Kings for two players, draft picks and cash. He later played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings before retiring after the 1995 season.
He is best remembered for scoring an overtime goal that eliminated the heavily-favoured and defending Stanley Cup champion Calgary Flames from the 1990 Stanley Cup playoffs. The goal came at 3:14 of the second overtime in the sixth (and what would prove to be the deciding) game of the Smythe Division Semifinal. CBC Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert called this goal in a dramatic fashion:
After retiring, Krushelnyski was an assistant coach with Detroit when they won the Cup in 1997, but left after winning his fourth championship to become head coach of the Central Hockey League's Fort Worth Fire, a post he held until the team folded in 1999.
He coached in the Kontinental Hockey League in 2006-07 and from November 2008 to December 2009 for the Vityaz Chekhov. In between his two stints with the KHL, he was coach of the Ingolstadt Panthers in Germany, the DEL
Awards and achievementsEdit
|1988–89||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||78||26||36||62||110||11||1||4||5||4|
|1989–90||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||63||16||25||41||50||10||1||3||4||12|
|1990–91||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||15||1||5||6||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||59||17||22||39||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||72||9||15||24||72||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||84||19||20||39||62||16||3||7||10||8|
|1993–94||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||54||5||6||11||28||6||0||0||0||0|
|1994–95||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||20||2||3||5||6||8||0||0||0||0|
|1995–96||Cape Breton Oilers||AHL||50||16||25||41||78||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||HC Milano Saima||ITA||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
- "PHANTOMS SIGN KRUSHELNYSKI". theahl.com. August 17, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
- Yvonne Marton (April 24, 2015). "My first car: Go big or go home, believes hockey great Mike Krushelnyski, a.k.a. 'Krusher'". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
- "1979 NHL DRAFT PICK". hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
- Soria, Rob (May 27, 2014). "Oilers History: The Importance of Ken Linseman". Retrieved January 18, 2019.
- "OILERS FLY WITH KRUSHELNYSKI AT WING". The New York Times. May 31, 1985. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
- Lisa Dillman (August 7, 2013). "The Wayne Gretzky trade: How great was that?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
- Steve Springer (April 15, 1990). "Kings Clinch in Overtime, 4-3 : NHL playoffs: Flames, defending Stanley Cup champions, are eliminated on goal by Krushelnyski in second extra period". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
- Steve Springer (April 16, 1990). "Overtime Was Right for Kings : Hockey: Krushelnyski wondered what the excitement was about after his goal in second extra period". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
- Robinson, Peter (June 15, 2017). "Krusher's big heart keeps him coming back". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
- George Malik (November 8, 2008). "Krushelnyski heads back to Russia". mlive.com. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
- "FORMER NHLERS SCOTT THORNTON AND MIKE KRUSHELNYSKI ON 'BATTLE OF THE BLADES'". thehockeynews.com. September 15, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
- Ruth Myles (October 7, 2013). "Mike Krushelnyski was 'holding on for dear life' on Battle of the Blades". Calgary Herald. Retrieved January 18, 2019.