Mike Stapleton

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Mike Stapleton
Born (1966-05-05) May 5, 1966 (age 53)
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Edmonton Oilers
Winnipeg Jets
Phoenix Coyotes
Atlanta Thrashers
New York Islanders
Vancouver Canucks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 132nd overall, 1984
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1986–2004

Michael P. Stapleton (born May 5, 1966 in Sarnia, Ontario and raised in Strathroy, Ontario) is a Canadian retired National Hockey League hockey player who played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks.

Junior career[edit]

Stapleton played Junior B hockey for the Strathroy Blades and Junior A hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for the Cornwall Royals where he scored 104 goals and 258 points over three seasons and 182 games. He was rated OHL Leyden Division's hardest worker, best faceoff man and best penalty killer in a 1985–86 poll of league coaches.

NHL career[edit]

He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks #132 overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played 697 NHL games for seven different teams netting 71 goals and 182 points along with 342 penalty minutes.


In 2001, Stapleton moved to Finland's SM-liiga and played for the Espoo Blues, scoring 18 goals and 37 points in 41 games. He then had a brief spell in the Swedish Elitserien for Leksands IF before returning to Espoo. He spent one more season in Finland for Tappara before retiring in 2004.

International career[edit]

Stapleton also played for Team Canada at the 1986 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships where he won a silver medal.

Coaching career[edit]

Stapleton served as an assistant to head coach/GM Scott Gardiner with the NAHL's Traverse City North Stars during the club's inaugural 2005–06 season before accepting a position as associate coach of the OHL's Erie Otters. He accepted a position to become the new assistant coach for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, the 2010-11 American Hockey League season.[1] He served as the head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for the 2011–12 season and part of the 2012–2013 season, but was fired on December 3, 2012, and replaced by Sheldon Keefe.

Personal life[edit]

Stapleton is the son of former NHL defenceman and 1972 Summit Series Team Canada member Pat Stapleton. Stapleton and his wife Laura and have two sons, Luke and Nick.


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