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Michael David "Worm" Veisor, Sr. (born August 25, 1952) is a Canadian retired NHL ice hockey goaltender.[1] He played 139 games in the NHL.[2] He was described as: "One of the most agile goaltenders around; plays goal like a trapeze artist."[3]

Mike Veisor
Mike Veisor 1973.JPG
Veisor in 1973
Born (1952-08-25) August 25, 1952 (age 67)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
Hartford Whalers
Winnipeg Jets
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 45th overall, 1972
Chicago Black Hawks
Playing career 1972–1984


Veisor was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is Jewish.[4] As a youth, he played in the 1965 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Toronto.[5] He was drafted in Round 3 (#45 overall) in the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft.[2] He started his National Hockey League career with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1973. He was the second Jewish goalie in NHL history.[4][6] He had wanted to be the first, but he was preceded by Ross Brooks.[4]

He also played for the Hartford Whalers and Winnipeg Jets. He retired after the 1984 season.[7][2]

Veisor currently works at Avon Old Farms School, in Avon, Connecticut,[8] and is the rink manager.[3] His son, Michael David Veisor, Jr., was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft (12th round, 263rd overall). Mike, Jr. is a former college and minor-league goaltender, but he never played in the NHL.

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
CHL Rookie of the Year 1982–83 [2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d [1]
  3. ^ a b Chicago Blackhawks Legends: Mike Veisor
  4. ^ a b c The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and the 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars. SP Books. 2006. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  5. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  6. ^ What It Means To Grow Up Jewish in Chicago – The Forward
  7. ^ Hockey in Broome County – Marvin A. Cohen, Michael J. McCann
  8. ^ The Strangest One Of All: Absurd Goalie Monday: Mike Veisor

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