mike-krushelnyski

Meet BOTB Competitor Mike Krushelnyski

Birthplace: Montreal, QC

  • Won 3 Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers in '85, '87, '88
  • Won '97 Stanley Cup with Detroit Red Wings as Assistant Coach
  • Played Nearly 900 games in NHL

What would soon become a career of almost 900 games, Mike entered the NHL during the 1979 Entry Draft by Boston Bruins in the 6th round. During his rookie season in 1982, he scored eight goals to assist Boston in reaching the semi-finals. In 1984, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers where he scored 43 goals playing with Wayne Gretzky, participated in the 1985 All-Star Game, and assisted in the win of the 1985 Stanley Cup. The success continued as Mike won the Stanley Cup in both 1987 and 1988 before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings. He scored 68 points before he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1990. After bringing his team to the semi-finals, he signed as a free agent with Detroit Red Wings, and later joined the AHL and Italian club Milano before retiring in 1996. Mike won his fourth Stanley Cup as assistant coach in 1997 with the Detroit Red Wings. After his retirement, he became head coach in the Russian KHL for a combined 3 years from 2005-2009 and was also named head coach of the Ingolstadt Panthers in Germany during 2006-2007 season. Mike is married to his loving wife Areta Krushelnyski of 29 years. He is father to Alexander & Andrew Krushelnyski: Alexanders is a Senior at Colorado College. He plays hockey on the Colorado Tigers hockey team and was named a Hobey Baker Candidate for 2013. Andrew is Mike's edlest son who lives in Boston working in engineering sales. 

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