January 31, 1954 |
Windsor, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
|NHL Draft||124th overall, 1974
|WHA Draft||138th overall, 1974
Edward Dario Mio (born January 31, 1954 in Windsor, Ontario) is a former professional ice hockey goaltender in the WHA and NHL. During his career, he played for the Indianapolis Racers, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, and Detroit Red Wings.
Eddie Mio put himself on the map of professional hockey when he agreed to attend Colorado College from 1972–76. During that time, he established himself as a standout, winning first- and second-team all-star awards and making the NCAA West first all-American team two years in a row.
In 1974, the NHL's Blackhawks and the Blazers of the WHA drafted him. He played for neither club, wending his way instead through the minor leagues with Tidewater, Erie, and Hampton until he surfaced with the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA.
With the Racers, Mio's goaltending was rough, but the most meaningful event of his career occurred when he befriended his lifelong pal, Wayne Gretzky. Shortly after their meeting, Mio was part of the trade that sent Wayne Gretzky (along with Peter Driscoll) to the Oilers.
In Alberta, Mio got his first NHL action during the days of the Oilers' transition from an old WHA club to a young, highly talented lineup that included Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe, Gretzky, Glenn Anderson and Paul Coffey. Mio had his first winning season in 1980–81 before being traded to the Rangers.
In New York, Mio backstopped the Rangers for two seasons before rounding out his career with the Red Wings in 1985–86.
Mio was Wayne Gretzky's best man at his wedding to Janet Jones. In 2005, Mio became the Director of Player Development for the Phoenix Coyotes, but he no longer holds that position. Prior to being hired by the Coyotes, Mio was a player agent with International Management Group, representing Sergei Fedorov, Joe Thornton and Brent Johnson. In 2010, Mio considered running for mayor in his hometown of Windsor, Ontario.
Awards and honours
|All-WCHA First Team||1975–76|
|1978–79||Dallas Black Hawks||CHL||7||4||3||0||424||25||0||3.54||.887|
|1981–82||New York Rangers||NHL||25||13||6||5||1500||89||0||3.56|
|1982–83||New York Rangers||NHL||41||16||18||6||2365||136||2||3.45||.883|
|1983–84||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||24||7||11||3||1295||95||1||4.40||.860|
|1983–84||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||4||1||1||2||250||11||0||2.64||.917|
|1984–85||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||7||1||3||2||376||27||0||4.31||.845|
|1984–85||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||33||19||12||1||1871||117||2||3.75||.889|
|1985–86||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||18||2||7||0||788||83||0||6.32||.817|
|1985–86||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||8||4||1||3||487||32||0||3.94||.875|
|1981–82||New York Rangers||NHL||8||4||3||443||28||0||3.79|
|1982–83||New York Rangers||NHL||8||5||3||480||32||0||4.00|
|1983–84||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||1||0||1||63||3||0||2.86|
- The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association, p.219, McLelland and Stewart, Toronto, ON, ISBN 0-7710-8947-3
- Template:Citation Mio is now the Current owner/Co-host of The Drive on ESPN Detroit AM 1090.