Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Polich
Mike Polich was a hard-working, smallish forward who played at the University of Minnesota from 1971 to 1975. But despite making the WCHA all-star team and the NCAA West first all-American team in 1975, he was never drafted by the NHL.

Instead, Polich completed his schooling and then signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens. He got in a total of six games with the Habs while spending most of the three seasons that followed with the Montreal Voyageurs of the AHL.

His career break came when he signed as a free agent with the Minnesota North Stars in 1978. In his home state, Polich finally saw regular NHL duty as a defensive specialist and penalty killer. Known as "The Shadow" he spent his final three years in the big leagues glued to the arms and shoulders of the NHL's elite players.

In 1979, Polich scored a career-high ten goals and 14 assists and was voted as one of the top five defensive players in the running for the Frank J.Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward.

Polich retired at the age of 29 in 1980-81.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 University of Minnesota WCHA 32 8 5 13 14
1972-73 University of Minnesota WCHA 34 18 14 32 34
1973-74 University of Minnesota WCHA 40 19 33 52 36
1973-74 United States WEC-B 7 5 12
1974-75 University of Minnesota WCHA 42 25 37 62 84
1974-75 United States WEC-A 10 2 5 7 34
1975-76 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 75 24 19 43 66 9 4 5 9 6
1976-77 United States Can-Cup 5 1 1 2 4
1976-77 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 69 19 41 60 48 11 4 4 8 6
1976-77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 79 22 38 60 70 11 2 6 8 4
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 73 6 10 16 18 -13
1978-79 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 9 0 7 7 0
1979-80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 10 14 24 20 0 15 2 1 3 2
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars DN-Cup 2 2 0 2 0
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 74 8 5 13 19 -2 3 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 226 24 29 53 57 23 2 1 3 2


NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1974)
WCHA First All-Star Team (1975)
WCHA - Most Valuable Player (1975) (co-winner - Tom Ross)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1975)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, September 27, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, September 6, 1978.