Mike McEwen (ice hockey)

Michael Todd McEwen (born August 10, 1956) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player.

Mike McEwen
Born (1956-08-10) August 10, 1956 (age 64)
Hornepayne, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Colorado Rockies
New York Islanders
Los Angeles Kings
Washington Capitals
Detroit Red Wings
Hartford Whalers
NHL Draft 42nd overall, 1976
New York Rangers
WHA Draft 71st overall, 1976
Toronto Toros
Playing career 1976–1992

BiographyEdit

McEwen was born in Hornepayne, Ontario. As a youth, he played in the 1968 and 1969 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with minor ice hockey teams from Toronto.[1]

An offensive-minded defenseman, McEwen was selected by the New York Rangers in the 1976 NHL Draft. His talents immediately paid dividends as he helped guide the Rangers to the finals in 1979. His tenure with the Rangers would not last long as he was traded to the Colorado Rockies in the giant trade that sent Barry Beck to New York.

His stay with the Rockies was short-lived as he would frequently clash with head coach Don Cherry, and he was eventually traded to the New York Islanders in the deal that sent Steve Tambellini and Chico Resch to the Rockies. The trade would soon pay off for the Islanders as his offensive talents helped them in three of their Stanley Cup championships, in 1981, 1982 and 1983.

McEwen would also play for the Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers before his NHL career ended following the 1987–88 season.

McEwen was the first coach of the Oklahoma City Blazers, whom he coached to three consecutive playoff appearances in 1992-93, 1993–94, and 1994–95.

McEwen currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is involved in daily operations of Kids First, a program designed to open hockey up to youth of all ages.

LegacyEdit

In the 2009 book 100 Ranger Greats, the authors ranked McEwen at No. 98 all-time of the 901 New York Rangers who had played during the team's first 82 seasons.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1973–74 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 68 5 32 37 81
1974–75 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 68 18 63 81 52 23 5 14 19 33
1974–75 Toronto Marlboros MC 4 1 3 4 4
1975–76 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 65 23 40 63 63 10 3 9 12 20
1976–77 New York Rangers NHL 80 14 29 43 38
1977–78 New York Rangers NHL 57 5 13 18 52
1978–79 New York Rangers NHL 80 20 38 58 35 18 2 11 13 8
1979–80 New York Rangers NHL 9 1 7 8 8
1979–80 Colorado Rockies NHL 67 11 40 51 33
1980–81 Colorado Rockies NHL 65 11 35 46 84
1980–81 New York Islanders NHL 13 0 3 3 10 17 6 8 14 6
1981–82 New York Islanders NHL 73 10 39 49 50 15 3 7 10 18
1982–83 New York Islanders NHL 42 2 11 13 16 12 0 2 2 4
1983–84 New York Islanders NHL 15 0 2 2 6
1983–84 Los Angeles Kings NHL 47 10 24 34 14
1983–84 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 9 3 7 10 26
1984–85 Washington Capitals NHL 56 11 27 38 42 5 0 1 1 4
1984–85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 14 2 10 12 14
1985–86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 29 0 10 10 16
1985–86 New York Rangers NHL 16 2 5 7 8
1985–86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 2 0 3 3 2
1985–86 Hartford Whalers NHL 10 3 2 5 6 8 0 4 4 6
1986–87 Hartford Whalers NHL 48 8 8 16 32 1 1 1 2 0
1987–88 HC Sierre NDA 32 18 20 38 38
1987–88 Hartford Whalers NHL 9 0 3 3 10 2 0 2 2 2
1988–89 EHC Olten NDA 35 19 15 34 116 2 2 0 2 18
1989–90 EHC Olten NDA 28 8 15 23 34
1990–91 EHC Olten NDA 26 4 18 22 90
1991–92 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 51 4 19 23 32
NHL totals 716 108 296 404 460 78 12 36 48 48
NDA totals 121 49 68 117 298 2 2 0 2 18

Coaching statisticsEdit

Team Year Regular season Post-season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
OKC 1992–93 60 39 18 3 81 1st in CHL Won in semifinals (4–2 vs. MEM)
Lost in Levins Cup Finals (1–4 vs. TUL)
OKC 1993–94 64 35 23 6 76 3rd in CHL Lost in semifinals (3–4 vs. TUL)
OKC 1994–95 66 34 23 9 77 4th in CHL Lost in semifinal (1–4 vs. WIC)
Total 190 108 64 15 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  2. ^ Cohen, Russ; Halligan, John; Raider, Adam (2009). 100 Ranger Greats: Superstars, Unsung Heroes and Colorful Characters. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0470736197. Retrieved 2020-02-04.

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