Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Gaul
After suiting up briefly for the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets in the late 90s, defenceman Mike Gaul hoped to attract attention by having strong year in the AHL in 2001-02. A fine playmaker with good size, he demonstrated plenty of offensive talent in junior, the minors and Europe.

Born in Lachine, Quebec, Gaul starred in the QAAA with Lac St-Louis. He was chosen 262nd overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 1991 after playing a year at St. Lawrence University in the ECAC. He then joined the Laval Titan of the QMJHL where he registered 112 assists in 129 games.

After two productive years with Knoxville of the ECHL, Gaul joined ETC Timmendorf of Germany in 1996-97. He returned to North America the next year and notched 59 points in 60 games for the Hershey Bears of the AHL. His strong performance earned him a contract from the New York Islanders but he was soon traded to Colorado. Gaul was chiefly a farmhand for the powerful Avalanche and spent most of the next two years providing offense in Hershey. After scoring 69 points in 65 games, he was named to the AHL second all-star team. In July, 2000, the crafty rearguard came to terms with the Columbus Blue Jackets but only played a pair of games for them. The rest of his time was spent with the Syracuse Crunch where he scored 61 points and was voted on to the league's second all-star unit once again.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Lac St-Louis Lions QAAA 39 5 9 14 46 2 0 1 1 14
1990-91 St. Lawrence University ECAC 31 1 3 4 46
1991-92 Laval Titan QMJHL 50 6 38 44 44 10 0 2 2 20
1992-93 Laval Titan QMJHL 57 16 57 73 66 13 3 10 13 10
1993-94 Laval Titan QMJHL 22 10 17 27 24 21 5 15 20 14
1994-95 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 4 0 1 1 2
1994-95 Knoxville Cherokees ECHL 68 13 41 54 51 4 2 1 3 2
1995-96 Knoxville Cherokees ECHL 54 13 48 61 44
1996-97 ETC Timmendorf German-2 51 40 52 92 100
1997-98 Hershey Bears AHL 60 12 47 59 69 7 0 7 7 6
1997-98 Mobile Mysticks ECHL 5 0 7 7 0
1998-99 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 18 3 5 8 14
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Hershey Bears AHL 43 9 31 40 22 5 1 1 2 6
1999-00 Hershey Bears AHL 65 12 57 69 52 12 0 8 8
2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 0 0 0 4 0
2000-01 Syracuse Crunch AHL 70 16 45 61 80 5 1 2 3 8
2001-02 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 44 11 29 40 64 4 0 1 1 10
2002-03 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 39 6 29 35 32
2002-03 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 3 0 1 1 2
2003-04 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 30 5 19 24 32
NHL Totals 3 0 0 0 4


QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1992) Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1993) AHL All-Rookie Team (1998) AHL Second All-Star Team (2000, 2001) Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 16, 1998. Traded to Colorado by NY Islanders for Ted Crowley, December 15, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 18, 2000.