Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Antonovich
Born in Minnesota, Antonovich had a peculiar and constant connection to his home state for much of his playing career. He spent three years at the University there, 1969-72, playing hockey under coach Glen Sonmor and assistant Herb Brooks (both future coaches of the North Stars) and then bounced between the North Stars of the NHL and Fighting Saints of the WHA.

Although he was drafted by the Nroth Stars in 1971, he joined the WHA-rival Fighting Saints after leaving university, playing with the team for the better part of four years until the Saints ceased operations in March 1976. He signed with the North Stars and played a dozen games win the NHL before representing the U.S. at the 1976 World Championships.

The following season, the WHA franchise started up, and Antonovich returned to that league for three more seasons, the last with the New England Whalers for 1978-79. When the team joined the NHL to start the next year, he remained, playing five more NHL games, though he spent the majority of the year in the minors.

Antonovich played parts of the next three years with the Stars and then New Jersey, but the rest of his career occurred in the minors. After retiring, he kept in the game as an assistant coach in the IHL, moving up as a scout for St. Louis in the NHL in 1997.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 University of Minnesota WCHA 32 23 20 43 60 2 1 0 1 0
1970-71 University of Minnesota WCHA 32 14 16 30 20
1971-72 University of Minnesota WCHA 13 8 2 10 19
1972-73 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 75 20 19 39 44 5 2 0 2 0
1973-74 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 68 21 29 50 4 11 1 4 5 4
1974-75 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 66 24 26 50 6 12 1 4 5 2
1975-76 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 57 25 21 46 18
1975-76 Minnesota North Stars NHL 12 0 2 2 8 -4
1975-76 United States WEC-A 10 1 3 4 14
1976-77 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 42 27 21 48 28
1976-77 Edmonton Oilers WHA 7 1 1 2 0
1976-77 New England Whalers WHA 26 12 9 21 10 5 2 2 4 4
1976-77 United States WEC-A
1977-78 New England Whalers WHA 75 32 35 67 32 14 10 7 17 4
1978-79 Springfield Indians AHL 7 2 3 5 2
1978-79 New England Whalers WHA 69 20 27 47 35 10 5 3 8 14
1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL 5 0 1 1 2 0
1979-80 Springfield Indians AHL 24 14 6 20 35
1980-81 Tulsa Oilers CHL 60 28 32 60 36 8 1 2 3 2
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1981-82 Nashville South Stars CHL 80 29 77 106 76 3 0 1 1 2
1981-82 United States WEC-A 7 0 0 0 6
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 30 7 7 14 11 -7
1982-83 Wichita Wind CHL 10 8 12 20 0
1983-84 New Jersey Devils NHL 38 3 5 8 16 -15
1983-84 Maine Mariners AHL 25 17 13 30 8 17 4 8 12 8
NHL Totals 87 10 15 25 37


CHL Second All-Star Team (1982) Selected by Minnesota (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota (NHL) after Minnesota (WHA) franchise folded, March 10, 1976. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota (WHA), after being released by Minnesota (NHL), September, 1976. Traded to Edmonton (WHA) by Minnesota (WHA) with Jean-Louis Levasseur, Bill Butters, Dave Keon, Jack Carlson, Steve Carlson and John McKenzie for cash, January, 1977. Traded to New England (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) with Bill Butters for Brett Callighen and Ron Busniuk, February, 1977. Signed as a free agent by Hartford, October 17, 1979. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, November 25, 1981. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, October 1, 1982. Played 2 games for Minnesota Iron Rangers (AHA) in 1992-93 with totals of 0 goals, 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Played 2 games for Quad City Mallards (ColHL) in 1995-96 with totals of 0 goals, 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes.
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