Mike McEwen (ice hockey)

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Mike McEwen
Born (1956-08-10) August 10, 1956 (age 62)
Hornepayne, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Colorado Rockies
New York Islanders
Los Angeles Kings
Washington Capitals
Detroit Red Wings
Hartford Whalers
NHL Draft 42nd overall, 1976
New York Rangers
WHA Draft 71st overall, 1976
Toronto Toros
Playing career 1976–1992

Michael Todd McEwen (born August 10, 1956) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player. He was born in Hornepayne, Ontario.

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 would also play for the Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals. Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers before his NHL career ended following the 1987–88 season.

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.

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