Mike Craig (ice hockey, born 1971)

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Mike Craig
Born (1971-06-06) June 6, 1971 (age 43)
London, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Minnesota North Stars
Dallas Stars
Toronto Maple Leafs
San Jose Sharks
SCL Tigers
Vienna Capitals
EC KAC
EC VSV
NHL Draft 28th overall, 1989
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1990–2013

Michael Craig (born June 6, 1971) is a Canadian retired professional hockey forward who played in the National Hockey League. He was the last former Minnesota North Star active in professional hockey, and is currently an assistant coach with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Craig was born in London, but he grew up in nearby Thorndale, Ontario.

Craig had a strong career in the OHL where he played for the Oshawa Generals for three seasons alongside Eric Lindros. After an unspectacular rookie season, he posted excellent numbers, scoring 72 points in 63 games in the 1988/1989 season. His best Junior season was in 1989/1990 when he scored 76 points in 43 and won the Memorial Cup with the Generals. He would also win back to back gold medals playing for Team Canada at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in 1990 and 1991 and was named a first team all-star in 1991.

He was drafted 28th overall in the second round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars.

His NHL career would prove to be less than spectacular, scoring 71 goals and 168 points in 423 games over 9 seasons. He would play with the North Stars and was a part of the team when they moved to Dallas. He also played with Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks while also spending time with several IHL and AHL teams.

In 2002, Craig was part of the Canadian team that won the Spengler Cup over host team HC Davos. Craig would score the game-winning goal in the final game of round robin play.[2]

While playing with the Vienna Capitals in the Austrian Hockey League, he led the league in scoring in 2004–05 and leading the Capitals to the championship.

In 2007–08 he joined EC KAC also in the Austrian Hockey League. On October 18, 2011, he signed EC VSV, also in Austria.[3]

During the midpoint of the 2013 season, Craig signed as a free agent for his last professional season in Italy with league leaders HC Neumarkt-Egna of the second division on January 13, 2013.[4]

Awards[edit]

  • 1990 Won Memorial Cup with Oshawa Generals
  • 1990 Won World Junior Championships Gold Medal
  • 1991 Won World Junior Championships Gold Medal
  • 1991 World Junior Championships First Team All-Star
  • 2002 Won Spengler Cup with Team Canada

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Oshawa Generals OHL 61 6 10 16 39 7 0 1 1 11
1988–89 Oshawa Generals OHL 63 36 36 72 34 6 3 1 4 6
1989–90 Oshawa Generals OHL 43 36 40 76 85 17 10 16 26 46
1990–91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 39 8 4 12 32 10 1 1 2 20
1991–92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 67 15 16 31 155 4 1 0 1 7
1992–93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 70 15 23 38 106
1993–94 Dallas Stars NHL 72 13 24 37 139 4 0 0 0 2
1994–95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 5 5 10 12 2 0 1 1 2
1995–96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 8 12 20 42 6 0 0 0 18
1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 7 13 20 62
1997–98 San Antonio Dragons IHL 12 4 1 5 18
1997–98 Kansas City Blades IHL 59 14 33 47 68 11 5 5 10 28
1998–99 San Jose Sharks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 52 27 17 44 72 12 5 4 9 18
1999–00 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 76 39 39 78 116 9 5 5 10 14
2000–01 Hershey Bears AHL 57 21 22 43 73 12 3 2 5 20
2001–02 Cleveland Barons AHL 69 35 25 60 187
2001–02 San Jose Sharks NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2002–03 SCL Tigers NLA 44 17 18 35 97
2003–04 Vienna Capitals EBEL 46 24 22 46 76
2004–05 Vienna Capitals EBEL 41 32 39 71 84 10 5 6 11 22
2005–06 Vienna Capitals EBEL 47 25 34 59 103 5 2 0 2 8
2006–07 Vienna Capitals EBEL 56 43 43 86 130 3 3 3 6 0
2007–08 EC KAC EBEL 34 19 14 33 60 3 0 0 0 24
2008–09 EC KAC EBEL 54 25 24 49 78 16 8 12 20 28
2009–10 EC KAC EBEL 45 24 14 38 54 7 1 3 4 8
2010–11 EC KAC EBEL 46 24 14 38 81 14 6 5 11 20
2011–12 EC VSV EBEL 37 14 15 29 40
2012–13 HC Neumarkt-Egna Serie A2 11 7 8 15 22 7 1 4 5 12
NHL totals 423 71 97 168 550 26 2 2 4 49
Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 1990 Helsinki
Gold 1991 Saskatchewan

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1990 Canada WJC 7 3 0 3 8
1991 Canada WJC 7 6 5 11 8
Junior int'l totals 14 9 5 14 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Craig joins coaching staff". Lethbridge Hurricanes. 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  2. ^ "ECHL's Masked Men-News and Notes". ECHLGoalies.com. 2002-02-01. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Schlag auf Schlag: Mike Craig will es allen zeigen!". 18 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mike Craig is the next sensational transfer". HC Neumarkt-Egna. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 

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