September 20, 1957 |
Brampton, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)|
|NHL Draft||52nd overall, 1977
Michael D. Forbes (born September 20, 1957 in Brampton, Ontario) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman, manager and commissioner. Forbes was selected in the third round of the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft by the Boston Bruins, 52nd overall.
Forbes spent his junior career with the Kingston Canadians and St. Catharines Fincups of the OMJHL, and won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 1977 World Junior Championships. Following his draft, Forbes split the 1977–78 season between Boston and their AHL-affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Forbes played in Rochester for the 1978–79 season, and was claimed by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft.
Forbes would play in only 18 games for Edmonton over the rest of his career, but was productive in the CHL, first with the Houston Apollos and later with the Wichita Wind and Montana Magic, highlighted by being named to the 1983 CHL All-Star Team. Forbes spent parts of two seasons with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the IHL at the tail end of his career, (including on the 1986 Turner Cup team), before retiring in 1987.
Forbes was assistant general manager and co owner of the Muskegon Lumberjacks and remained with the Cleveland Lumberjacks as assistant general manager and co owner until 1992, and was named GM of the Salt Lake Golden Eagles on May 25, 1993, a position he held for the 1993–94 season. In 1994 Forbes was made commissioner of the Colonial Hockey League, a position he held until 1997. He currently resides in Grand Haven, MI and is the Head Coach of the ACHA2011 National Champion Division II hockey team at Grand Valley State University. Forbes was also named the 2011 ACHA D2 Coach of the Year, as well as being appointed to the Coaching staff of the 2012 ACHA D2 Select Team.