Mike Nykoluk

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Mike Nykoluk
Born (1934-12-11) December 11, 1934 (age 82)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Toronto Maple Leafs
Rochester Americans
Hershey Bears
Playing career 1956–1972

Michael A. Nykoluk (born December 11, 1934) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played one season in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs and who coached for seven seasons in the National Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs. He is the younger brother of longtime Canadian Football League player Danny Nykoluk.

Playing career[edit]

The Hershey Bears retired Nykoluk's No. 8 in recognition of his 14 years of service to the team.

Nykoluk began his professional career with the Rochester Americans of the AHL in 1956–57. That season with Rochester, he was called up to play in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 32 games he played for Toronto would be his only stint in the NHL. He only mustered 4 points in those 32 games. He was sent back down to the Americans and went on to have an extensive playing career for the Hershey Bears of the AHL playing for 14 seasons before retiring. He was then offered a job with the Philadelphia Flyers as an assistant to head coach Fred Shero. Nykoluk helped the Flyers win the Stanley Cup in 1974, 1975. He later became an assistant of head coach Fred Shero with the New York Rangers and head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs for three seasons ending in 1984.

Coaching record[edit]

  • 1972-75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL Assistant Coach
  • 1978-80 New York Rangers NHL Assistant Coach
Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
TOR 1980–81 40 15 15 10 - (71) 5th in Adams Lost in First Round
TOR 1981–82 80 20 44 16 - 56 5th in Norris Did Not Qualify
TOR 1982–83 80 28 40 12 - 68 3rd in Norris Lost in First Round
TOR 1983–84 80 26 45 9 - 61 5th in Norris Did Not Qualify
Total 280 89 144 47

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Preceded by
Joe Crozier
Head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Succeeded by
Dan Maloney