Mike McEwen (ice hockey)
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August 10, 1956|
Hornepayne, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
New York Rangers|
New York Islanders
Los Angeles Kings
Detroit Red Wings
42nd overall, 1976|
New York Rangers
71st overall, 1976|
An offensive-minded defenseman, McEwen was selected by the New York Rangers in the 1976 NHL Draft. His talents immediately paid dividends as he helped guide the Rangers to the finals in 1979. His tenure with the Rangers would not last long as he was traded to the Colorado Rockies in the giant trade that sent Barry Beck to New York.
His stay with the Rockies was short-lived as he would frequently clash with head coach Don Cherry, and he was eventually traded to the New York Islanders in the deal that sent Steve Tambellini and Chico Resch to the Rockies. The trade would soon payoff for the Islanders as his offensive talents helped them in three of their Stanley Cup championships 1981, 1982, 1983.
McEwen was the first coach of the Oklahoma City Blazers, whom he coached to three consecutive playoff appearances in 1992-93, 1993–94, and 1994–95.
McEwen currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is involved in daily operations of Kids First, a program designed to open hockey up to youth of all ages.
In the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) by Russ Cohen, John Halligan and Adam Raider, the authors ranked McEwen No. 98 on the all-time list of New York Rangers.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
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