Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Kaszycki
A naturally talented playmaker, Mike Kaszycki played over 200 games in the NHL for three different teams. He was also a top scorer in junior, the minor leagues, and Europe in his playing days.

Born in Milton, Ontario, just west of Toronto, Kaszycki skated with the Dixie Beehives for two seasons and led the MTHL in scoring in 1973-74. In 1974-75 he scored 41 goals for the Toronto Marlboros. Later in the year he scored twice in the 7-3 win over the New Westminster Bruins that clinched the Memorial Cup for the Marlies. The next year he joined the Soo Greyhounds and led the OHA in assists (119) and points (170) and was voted on to the league's second all-star team. Kaszycki's fine season was capped off when he was chosen 32nd overall by the New York Islanders in the 1976 Amateur Draft.

The offensive sparkplug scored 87 points for the CHL's Fort Worth Texans during his first pro season. He joined the Islanders the next year and registered 42 points in 58 games playing for the most part with Bob Bourne and Bob Nystrom. In 1978-79 he was effective as the second line centre behind Bryan Trottier while forming an effective partnership with Bill Harris and John Tonelli. At the start of the 1979-80 season, the Isles dealt with a logjam at forward by trading Kaszycki to Washington in return for hard-nosed defenceman Gord Lane. He only played 28 games for the Caps before he was sent to Toronto for Pat Ribble.

The Maple Leafs were a disorganized bunch during Kaszycki's time with the club. He was shipped back and forth between Toronto and the club's various farm teams. In 1981-82 he led the AHL with 118 points to claim the John B. Sollenberger trophy. He was also presented the Fred T. Hunt Memorial trophy for being the league's most sportsmanlike player and voted on to the league's first all-star team. In the playoffs Kaszycki scored 21 points in 15 games to lead the New Brunswick Hawks to the Calder Cup. Following this triumph he was presented the Les Cunningham Award as the most valuable player in the AHL.

Kaszycki continued to play well in the Toronto farm system. In 1983-84 he was named to the league's second all-star team after scoring 110 points. Kaszycki remained in the minors until part way through the 1984-85 season when he joined the HC Langnau club in Switzerland. When he left the AHL, the talented pivot stood as the third highest scorer in AHL history. Kaszycki next moved on to play three years with the Swiss squad Ambri-Piotta and was so happy with his new situation that he became a Swiss citizen in 1985. After a moderately successful career that spanned 16-years, Kaszycki retired in 1988.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 St. Michael's Midget Majors THL
1972-73 Dixie Beehives ON-Jr.A 44 35 54 89 33
1973-74 Dixie Beehives ON-Jr.A 43 44 55 99 34
1974-75 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 70 41 44 85 48 23 11 15 26 21
1974-75 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 4 2 0 2 0
1975-76 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OMJHL 66 51 119 170 38 12 10 10 20 8
1976-77 Fort Worth Texans CHL 76 32 55 87 50 6 3 3 6 10
1977-78 New York Islanders NHL 58 13 29 42 24 +15 7 1 3 4 4
1977-78 Rochester Americans AHL 6 4 2 6 2
1978-79 New York Islanders NHL 71 16 18 34 37 +7 10 1 3 4 4
1979-80 New York Islanders NHL 16 1 4 5 15 +3
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 28 7 10 17 10 -5
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 25 4 4 8 10 -4 2 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 0 2 2 2 +2
1980-81 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 42 15 21 36 42 6 2 2 4 9
1981-82 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 80 36 82 118 67 15 8 13 21 17
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 22 1 13 14 10 0
1982-83 St. Catharines Saints AHL 56 26 42 68 30
1983-84 St. Catharines Saints AHL 72 39 71 110 51 5 1 1 2 7
1984-85 SC Langnau Swiss 22 12 13 25
1984-85 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 30 9 15 24 8
1985-86 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 36 19 19 38
1986-87 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 36 23 24 47 4 1 2 3 0
1987-88 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 30 17 19 36 4 5 2 7 0
1988-89 EV Zug Swiss 36 25 22 47 3 1 2 3
1989-90
1990-91 HC Lausanne Swiss-2 36 21 33 54 113
1991-92 HC Lausanne Swiss-2 27 16 27 43 55
NHL Totals 226 42 80 122 108 19 2 6 8 10


OMJHL Second All-Star Team (1976)
AHL First All-Star Team (1982)
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award (Sportsmanship - AHL) (1982)
John B. Sollenberger Trophy (Leading Scorer - AHL) (1982)
Les Cunningham Award (MVP - AHL) (1982)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1984)
Traded to Washington by NY Islanders for Gord Lane, December 7, 1979. Traded to Toronto by Washington for Pat Ribble, February 16, 1980.
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