Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Stapleton
Following in his father's footsteps, Mike Stapleton was selected by the Blackhawks in the 1984 Entry Draft and played with the OHL's Cornwall Royals for three seasons, (his father, Pat, played ten seasons in the NHL for the Bruins and Blackhawks). He played for team Canada at the World Junior Championships where he won a silver medal.

The 1986-87 season saw Stapleton play with the Canadian National Team until making his NHL debut with Chicago. That year also marked his first action in the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the next four seasons with the Hawks, Stapleton spent the majority of his playing time in the minors until signing with the Penguins as a free agent in 1992. The team had just come off back-to-back championships but had trouble reclaiming its glory the next season.

The Oilers claimed Stapleton off waivers during the 1993-94 season, and it was there he stayed for the rest of the year and the next season. His next stop was Winnipeg when he signed as a free agent with the Jets in 1995. When the team moved to Phoenix in 1996, Stapleton followed for the next three seasons before being claimed by Atlanta in the Expansion Draft of 1999.

His next stop was New York as Stapleton signed with the Islanders in 2000 as a free agent. However, he finished the year in Vancouver when he was dealt to the Canucks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Strathroy Blades ON-Jr.B 42 25 18 43 38
1982-83 Strathroy Blades ON-Jr.B 40 39 38 77 99 3 1 2 3 4
1983-84 Cornwall Royals OHL 70 24 45 69 94 3 1 2 3 4
1984-85 Cornwall Royals OHL 56 41 44 85 68 9 2 4 6 23
1985-86 Cornwall Royals OHL 56 39 64 103 74 6 2 3 5 2
1985-86 Canada WJC-A 7 3 3 6 6
1986-87 Canada Nat-Tm 21 2 4 6 4
1986-87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 39 3 6 9 6 -9 4 0 0 0 2
1987-88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 53 2 9 11 59 -10
1987-88 Saginaw Hawks IHL 31 11 19 30 52 10 5 6 11 10
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 0 1 1 7 -1
1988-89 Saginaw Hawks IHL 69 21 47 68 162 6 1 3 4 4
1989-90 Arvika HC Sweden-3 30 15 18 33
1989-90 Indianapolis Ice IHL 16 5 10 15 6 13 9 10 19 38
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 0 1 1 2 0
1990-91 Indianapolis Ice IHL 75 29 52 81 76 7 1 4 5 0
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 19 4 4 8 8 0
1991-92 Indianapolis Ice IHL 59 18 40 58 65
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 4 9 13 10 -8 4 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 7 4 11 18 -4
1993-94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 23 5 9 14 28 -1
1994-95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 6 11 17 21 -12
1995-96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 58 10 14 24 37 -4 6 0 0 0 21
1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 55 4 11 15 36 -4 7 0 0 0 14
1997-98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 64 5 5 10 36 -4 6 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 76 9 9 18 34 -7 7 1 0 1 0
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 62 10 12 22 30 -29
2000-01 New York Islanders NHL 34 1 4 5 2 -5
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 18 1 2 3 8 -6
2001-02 Blues Espoo Finland 41 18 19 37 42 3 0 0 0 4
2002-03 Leksands IF Sweden 19 5 5 10 10
2002-03 Blues Espoo Finland 33 8 20 28 55 7 1 2 3 10
2003-04 Tappara Tampere Finland 18 6 12 18 26 3 1 1 2 2
NHL Totals 697 71 111 182 342 34 1 0 1 39


Son of Pat Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, September 30, 1992. Claimed on waivers by Edmonton from Pittsburgh, February 19, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, August 18, 1995. Transferred to Phoenix after Winnipeg franchise relocated, July 1, 1996. Claimed by Atlanta from Phoenix in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 3, 2000. Traded to Vancouver by NY Islanders for Vancouver's 9th round choice (later traded to Washington - Washington selected Robert Muller) in 2001 Entry Draft, December 28, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Espoo (Finland), October 23, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Leksands IF (Sweden), November 11, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Tappara Tampere (Finland), January 12, 2004.