Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Kitchen
Mike Kitchen was a solid defensive defenceman who played his entire 474 game career with same franchise that relocated once. He was an excellent skater who was good at taking the man and was wise enough to leave the puck handling responsibilities to others. Kitchen's younger brother, Bill, also played in the NHL for the Maple Leafs and Canadiens.

Kitchen played three years with the OHA's Toronto Marlboros and was a member of the 1975 Memorial Cup champions. He was chosen 38th overall by the Kansas City Scouts in 1976, one of the last official acts of team before it relocated to Denver, Colorado.

Kitchen debuted in NHL in 1976-77 and was a fixture on the Rockies defence for most of the next six years. He also spent some time with the CHL's Fort Worth Texans. Kitchen remained with franchise when it relocated to New Jersey and played two seasons there. He retired after spending the 1984-85 season with the AHL's Maine Mariners.

Kitchen served as an effective assistant coach with the Newmarket Saints of the AHL before spending nine years in that capacity with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1989 to 1998. Prior to the 1998-99 season, he was hired as an assistant by the St. Louis Blues and was an important factor in the team's bright outlook at the start of the 2001-02 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Aurora Tigers ON-Jr.A 44 5 14 19 138
1973-74 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 69 3 17 20 145
1974-75 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 68 5 30 35 136 21 1 9 10 35
1974-75 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 4 0 4 4 8
1975-76 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 65 6 18 24 148 10 0 2 2 26
1976-77 Colorado Rockies NHL 60 1 8 9 36 -2
1976-77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 14 0 10 10 14
1977-78 Colorado Rockies NHL 61 2 17 19 45 -12 2 0 0 0 2
1978-79 Colorado Rockies NHL 53 1 4 5 28 -19
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 42 1 6 7 25 -10
1979-80 Fort Worth Texans CHL 30 0 9 9 22 15 0 1 1 16
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 75 1 7 8 100 -38
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 63 1 8 9 60 -18
1981-82 Fort Worth Texans CHL 13 1 5 6 16
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 77 4 8 12 52 -25
1983-84 New Jersey Devils NHL 43 1 4 5 24 -15
1984-85 Maine Mariners AHL 12 0 1 1 10
NHL Totals 474 12 62 74 370 2 0 0 0 2


Brother of Bill
OMJHL First All-Star Team (1975)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1975)
Rights transferred to Colorado when Kansas City franchise relocated, July 15, 1976. Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982.