Mike Bishai

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Mike Bishai
Bishai Mike Ilves.jpg
Bishai playing for Ilves
Born (1979-05-30) May 30, 1979 (age 35)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Edmonton Oilers
RSL
Dynamo Moscow
SM-l
Ilves
Jokerit
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2002–present

Michael Bishai (born May 30, 1979 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a professional ice hockey centre, who is currently a Free Agent. He last played for Jokerit in the Finnish SM-liiga. Bishai was never drafted, but has played in the National Hockey League with the Edmonton Oilers.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Bishai played two seasons with the South Surrey Eagles in the BCHL, before moving on to Western Michigan University, where he played four seasons. In 2001, Bishai led the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in points, and led the NCAA in points per game. At the tale end of the 2001–02 season, Bishai signed with Edmonton and was assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Roadrunners.

Professional career[edit]

Bishai played most of his Oiler career with affiliates in the AHL, but in the 2003–04 season, he made his NHL debut and played 14 games with the Oilers. Bishai signed with the Phoenix Coyotes organization prior to the 2005–06 season and was assigned to an affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.[1]

Bishai then joined Moscow Dynamo for the 2006–07 season. After playing in only 23 games with Moscow, Bishai left for the Finnish SM-l where he signed with Ilves Tampere for the 2007–08 season. After a successful season with Ilves, Mike then signed with rival team, Jokerit, for the 2008–09 season.

Bishai is most remembered for a fight on Atlanta Thrashers player Serge Aubin on February 11, 2004. The fight, during the brawl, was unbelievable because Aubin tossed Bishai into the Atlanta bench. Bishai got to his feet and continued to trade punches with Aubin, while stunned Thrashers looked on unsure what to do.[2][3]

Oilers coach Craig MacTavish commented on that fight and said, "...As many years as I've been in the game, I've never seen a guy fighting standing up in the opposition's bench...That's like diving into somebody else's foxhole."[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Second Team 2000-01
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2000–01

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 South Surrey Eagles BCHL 38 6 13 19 10
1997–98 South Surrey Eagles BCHL 57 48 52 100 36
1998–99 Western Michigan University CCHA 26 0 3 3 20
1999–00 Western Michigan University CCHA 35 18 19 37 52
2000–01 Western Michigan University CCHA 37 23 45 68 37
2001–02 Western Michigan University CCHA 34 10 27 37 28
2001–02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 3 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Columbus Cottonmouths ECHL 25 12 17 29 24
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 27 7 5 12 11 6 2 1 3 2
2003–04 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 48 11 22 33 18 3 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 14 0 2 2 19
2004–05 Edmonton Roadrunners AHL 70 10 24 34 36
2005–06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 66 13 18 31 40
2006–07 Moscow Dynamo RSL 23 2 3 5 34
2007–08 Ilves SM-l 49 13 28 41 18 8 1 3 4 39
2008–09 Jokerit SM-l 18 4 7 11 4
NHL Totals 14 0 2 2 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coyotes send nine to San Antonio". Phoenix Coyotes. 2005-09-19. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  2. ^ "Edmonton's Conklin and Thrashers Nurminen fight". Assesnorthga. 2004-02-11. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Thrashers, Oilers Feb 11, 2004". YouTube. 2004-02-11. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Oilers 5, Thrashers 1". Edmonton Oilers. 2004-02-11. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 

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