Mike Buchanan is another member of the NHL's "One-Game Wonder" Club. At the age of just 15, Buchanan joined the Ottawa St. Pats of the OCJHL in 1947-48 where he scored 12 points in 20 games. The following year he began his major junior career as a member of the St. Michael's Majors of the OHA. In 1949-50, he played for Guelph-Galt and the next two years he played in Galt with the Blackhawks.
During the 1951-52 season, Buchanan was called up to play with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, where he was held pointless in is one and only game at the elite level. However, it was the highlight of Buchanan's hockey career, getting to play on the same team as such players as; Bill Mosienko, Gus Bodnar and Bill Gadsby.
Buchanan also played a couple of games with the AHL's St. Louis Flyers before playing two years with the Fort Wayne Komets of the IHL. At the age of 22, and feeling he could do no more in pro hockey, Buchanan opted to enroll at the University of Michigan to pursue an education. While attending school, Buchanan played two years on the Wolverines hockey team and was named an NCAA West First All-American Team selection in 1955. He sat out the 1956-57 season and then decided to return to pro hockey for two years in Britain, joining the Wembley Tigers before retiring for good following the 1957-58 season.