Left winger Mike McHugh was selected by the Minnesota North Stars with the first pick in the 1988 NHL Supplemental Draft following a successful four-year NCAA hockey career at the University of Maine. In his senior year he was selected as the Player of the Year in the NCAA East region.
McHugh played 12 games with the North Stars over the course of three NHL seasons before being claimed by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 Dispersal Draft. He played eight games for the Sharks in their inaugural season in 1991-92 and recorded the only goal of his 20-game NHL career.
The Hartford Whalers obtained the rights to McHugh in October, 1991 but he was never called upon to play for them. The final six years of his pro career were spent in the AHL with Hershey. The highlight of his career came in 1997 when he was named the MVP of the AHL playoffs in leading Hershey to the Calder Cup championship, beating the Hamilton Bulldogs in five games.