Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rudy Migay
What Rudy Migay lacked in size, he more than made up for in speed and natural puck handling skills. At just 5'6" and barely 155 pounds, he was almost always the smallest player on the ice. At 16 he joined the Port Arthur Flyers of the TBJHL where he had 22 goals and 32 points in eleven games in 1944-45. In 1945-46 he led the league in scoring with 28 points despite the fact he skated in only six games.

In 1946-47 he travelled south to join the Toronto St. Michael's Majors of the OHA. Once again Migay's scoring abilities rose to the surface, when he tallied 25 goals and 43 pints in 28 games. He then successfully led the Majors to their second Memorial Cup championship in three years, scoring 23 points in ten games.

In 1947-48 Migay returned to Port Arthur where he played for the Bruins scoring 20 points in seven games. Once again he was the team catalyst, leading the Bruins to victory in the Memorial Cup. In 17 games en route to the Cup he had 13 goals and 37 points.

Migay turned pro in 1948-49 at the age of 20, signing with the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL. He played the bulk of the next season in Pittsburgh but was called up to play for the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs for 18 games where he had a goal and six points. He did not see the NHL again for another two years, returning in 1951-52 for another 19 games in Toronto where he had two goals and an assist.

His first chance at a regular spot on the Leafs roster came in 1952-53 when he suited up for 40 games, collecting nine points. The following four years he always was in the lineup for no less than 66 games, but was used more as a defensive player in the NHL. His best offensive output came in 1956-57 when he had 15 goals and 35 points. The 1957-58 season saw Migay appear in another 48 games. His last performance in the NHL came during the 1959-60 season when he played in one game.

In 418 regular season NHL games, Migay scored 59 goals and 151 points. Migay's goal from the onset was to remain in the NHL for ten full seasons but club management had other ideas, demoting him to the minors. "I thought I might have a chance at coming back," Migay noted. "I was hoping for a trade but it never happened." He continued to play hockey for several more years and was a player/coach with the Port Arthur Bearcats in 1961 and 1962. He also played with the AHL's Rochester Americans and the WHL's Denver Invaders before retiring after the 1964-65 season as a member of the Tulsa Oilers of the CPHL. He then spent a season coaching the Oilers in 1965-66.

Migay was selected to the AHL's First All-Star Team in 1959 while playing in Rochester and also shared the league's MVP award that season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1944-45 Port Arthur Flyers TBJHL 11 22 10 32 22 3 2 2 4 6
1945-46 Port Arthur Flyers TBJHL 6 11 17 28 0 10 7 10 17 6
1946-47 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 28 25 18 43 15 9 2 11 13 0
1946-47 St. Michael's Majors M-Cup 10 7 16 23 2
1947-48 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 7 12 8 20 12 24 17 30 47 18
1947-48 Port Arthur Bruins M-Cup 17 13 24 37 16
1948-49 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 64 21 31 52 38
1949-50 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 18 1 5 6 8
1949-50 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 44 11 25 36 31
1950-51 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 58 20 38 58 45 13 1 15 16 11
1951-52 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 19 2 1 3 12
1951-52 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 32 20 26 46 10 11 7 4 11 8
1952-53 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 5 4 9 22
1953-54 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 8 15 23 60 5 1 0 1 4
1954-55 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 8 16 24 66 3 0 0 0 10
1955-56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 12 16 28 52 5 0 0 0 6
1956-57 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 15 20 35 51
1957-58 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 7 14 21 18
1957-58 Rochester Americans AHL 15 5 8 13 18
1958-59 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 19 1 1 2 4 2 0 0 0 0
1958-59 Rochester Americans AHL 51 24 58 82 100 3 1 0 1 6
1959-60 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1959-60 Rochester Americans AHL 50 16 48 64 50 12 3 10 13 19
1960-61 Port Arthur Bearcats TBSHL
1961-62 Port Arthur Bearcats TBSHL
1962-63 Rochester Americans AHL 2 1 1 2 4
1963-64 Denver Invaders WHL 56 20 31 51 30 6 0 3 3 32
1964-65 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 50 5 26 31 53
1965-66 Tulsa Oilers CPHL
NHL Totals 418 59 92 151 293 15 1 0 1 20


AHL First All-Star Team (1959)
Les Cunningham Award (AHL - MVP) (1959) (co-winner - Bill Hicke) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1957)
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