Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Foligno
Mike Foligno was a hard-nosed right-winger with a heavy shot and an above average scoring touch. He played 1,018 regular season games for four different teams and was considered a positive influence on team chemistry wherever he played.

The native of Sudbury, Ontario excelled for the home town Wolves of the OHA where he served as team captain. In 1978-79 he led the league with 150 points and was named to the OHA first all-star team. That summer he was chosen third overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the newly-named NHL Entry Draft.

The enthusiastic youngster scored 36 goals in 1979-80 and finished runner-up to Ray Bourque in the Calder trophy voting. His played slipped a bit in 1980-81 but he still managed 28 goals then suited up for Canada at the World Championships. Two months into the next season he and teammates Dale McCourt and Brent Peterson were sent to the Buffalo Sabres for Danny Gare, Jim Schoenfeld, and Derek Smith.

Foligno spent the prime of his career with the Sabres where he added a strong defensive game to his offensive prowess under coach Scotty Bowman. During his decade of service in Western New York, he scored at least 20 goals eight times, including a personal-best 41 in 1985-86. The only thing missing during this period was post-season success as the best the Sabres could do was come within an overtime goal of the semi-finals in 1983. During this time Foligno also played for Canada at the World Championships where he won a bronze medal in 1986 and finished fourth the next year.

By the 1988-89 season the Sabres used Foligno in a more grinding defensive role. The emergence of young players like Pierre Turgeon and the acquisition of veteran Rick Vaive reduced Foligno's offensive role and power play time. Halfway through the 1990-91 season he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He injured his knee in his first game with the Blue and White but returned to suit up in 37 games that year.

In 1991-92 Foligno formed a useful "lunch bucket" line with Craig Berube and Mike Krushelnyski until suffering a badly broken leg just before Christmas. He worked diligently during his rehabilitation and was given some slack by new Toronto coach Pat Burns at training camp in 1992. His zest for life and the game put him in good stead with his employers and peers. Foligno scored 13 goals and played a solid checking role on the disciplined Maple Leafs. He was also an inspirational leader and scored a key overtime goal during game five of the first round playoff victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Foligno helped the Leafs come within one game of reaching the Stanley Cup finals before they succumbed to Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings.

Foligno started the 1993-94 season in Toronto but dressed for only four games. He was traded to the Florida Panthers a month into the season and played 39 games for the expansion club before retiring at the end of the year. He immediately declared that his first year away from the game would be spent entirely with his family. In 1995-96 he was hired by the Maple Leafs as an assistant to St. John's coach Tom Watt. Before the end of the season he found himself back at the Gardens as an assistant to Nick Beverley after the firing of Pat Burns.

In 1997-98, Foligno was hird by the Colorado Avalanche as an assistant before becoming the head coach of the team's AHL affiliate in Hershey for the next five years. Following his stay in Hershey, Foligno returned to his roots and became head coach of Sudbury Wolves in the summer of 2003.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Copper Cliff Cubs NOJHA
1975-76 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 57 22 14 36 45 16 4 3 7 6
1976-77 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 66 31 44 75 62 6 3 1 4 7
1977-78 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 67 47 39 86 112
1978-79 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 68 65 85 150 98 10 5 5 10 14
1979-80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 36 35 71 109 -2
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 28 35 63 210 -13
1980-81 Canada WEC-A 7 2 0 2 8
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 26 13 13 26 28 -2
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 20 31 51 149 +21 4 2 0 2 9
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 22 25 47 135 +9 10 2 3 5 39
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 70 32 31 63 151 +32 3 2 1 3 19
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 27 29 56 154 +16 5 1 3 4 12
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 41 39 80 168 +25
1985-86 Canada WEC-A 10 0 5 5 16
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 30 29 59 176 +13
1986-87 Canada WEC-A 10 0 4 4 34
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 29 28 57 220 -11 6 3 2 5 31
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 27 22 49 156 -7 5 3 1 4 21
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 61 15 25 40 99 +13 6 0 1 1 12
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 31 4 5 9 42 +4
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 8 7 15 65 -3
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 33 6 8 14 50 -3
1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 13 5 18 84 +2 18 2 6 8 42
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 4 0 0 0 4 0
1993-94 Florida Panthers NHL 39 4 5 9 49 +7
NHL Totals 1018 355 372 727 2049 57 15 17 32 185


OMJHL First All-Star Team (1979)
OMJHL MVP (1979)
Traded to Buffalo by Detroit with Dale McCourt and Brent Peterson for Danny Gare, Jim Schoenfeld and Derek Smith, December 2, 1981. Traded to Toronto by Buffalo with Buffalo's 8th round choice (Tomas Kucharcik) in 1991 Entry Draft for Brian Curran and Lou Franceschetti, December 17, 1990.
Missed majority of 1991-92 due to broken leg vs. Buffalo, December 21, 1991. Traded to Florida by Toronto for cash, November 5, 1993.