Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike McEwen
Mike McEwen was a talented offensive defenceman who played over 700 NHL games in the 1970s and '80s. He was a fine passer with an accurate shot but often clashed with coaches since he was somewhat of a free spirit.

Born in Hornepayne, Ontario, McEwen was chosen 42nd overall by the New York Rangers in the 1976 Amateur Draft after a stellar junior career with the Toronto Marlboros. The gifted youngster accumulated 181 points in three years and helped the team win the Memorial Cup in 1975.

During the 1976-77 season, McEwen impressed as a rookie with 43 points though his defensive zone coverage was spotty. Two years later, he scored a personal-high 20 goals and helped the Blueshirts reach the Stanley Cup finals. The next year, he was part of the package sent to the Colorado Rockies for star blueliner Barry Beck. McEwen provided an instant upgrade to the club's mobility on defense but he clashed repeatedly with coach Don Cherry who disliked his attitude.

McEwen was granted a release from the Rockies' tumultuous situation when he was sent to the New York Islanders in the deal that involved popular netminder Chico Resch. He provided offensive savvy and mobility on the blueline and was part of three straight Stanley Cup wins on Long Island. Through the rest of his career, he was an offensive sparkplug on the L.A. Kings, Washington Capitals , Detroit Red Wings, and Hartford Whalers. In 1986, he was a factor when the club came within a game of reaching the semi-finals for the first time in franchise history. McEwen retired in 1988 after playing with Hartford and the Sierre club of Switzerland.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 68 5 32 37 81
1974-75 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 68 18 63 81 52 23 5 14 19 33
1974-75 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 4 1 3 4 4
1975-76 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 65 23 40 63 63 10 3 9 12 20
1976-77 New York Rangers NHL 80 14 29 43 38 -24
1977-78 New York Rangers NHL 57 5 13 18 52 -11
1978-79 New York Rangers NHL 80 20 38 58 35 +10 18 2 11 13 8
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 9 1 7 8 8 +3
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 67 11 40 51 33 -13
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 65 11 35 46 84 -33
1980-81 New York Islanders NHL 13 0 3 3 10 +3 17 6 8 14 6
1981-82 New York Islanders NHL 73 10 39 49 50 +30 15 3 7 10 18
1982-83 New York Islanders NHL 42 2 11 13 16 +11 12 0 2 2 4
1983-84 New York Islanders NHL 15 0 2 2 6 -5
1983-84 Los Angeles Kings NHL 47 10 24 34 14 -12
1983-84 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 9 3 7 10 26
1984-85 Washington Capitals NHL 56 11 27 38 42 +22 5 0 1 1 4
1984-85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 14 2 10 12 14
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 29 0 10 10 16 -8
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 16 2 5 7 8 -4
1985-86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 2 0 3 3 2
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 10 3 2 5 6 +5 8 0 4 4 6
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 48 8 8 16 32 -9 1 1 1 2 0
1987-88 HC Sierre Swiss 32 18 31 49
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 9 0 3 3 10 -1 2 0 2 2 2
1988-89 EHC Olten Swiss 36 20 21 41 2 2 0 2
1989-90 EHC Olten Swiss 36 10 15 25
1990-91 EHC Olten Swiss 33 7 21 28
1991-92 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 51 4 19 23 32
1992-93 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL
NHL Totals 716 108 296 404 460 78 12 36 48 48


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1980) Traded to Colorado by NY Rangers with Lucien DeBlois, Pat Hickey, Dean Turner and future considerations (Bobby Crawford, January 15, 1980) for Barry Beck, November 2, 1979. Traded to NY Islanders by Colorado with Jari Kaarela for Glenn Resch and Steve Tambellini, March 10, 1981. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Islanders for Detroit's 4th round choice (previously acquired, NY Islanders selected Doug Wieck) in 1984 Entry Draft, November 17, 1983. Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 7, 1984. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 12, 1985. Traded to NY Rangers by Detroit for Steve Richmond, December 26, 1985. Traded to Hartford by NY Rangers for Bob Crawford, March 11, 1986.