Mike Antonovich (ice hockey)

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Mike Antonovich
Born (1951-10-18) October 18, 1951 (age 68)
Calumet, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for WHA
Minnesota Fighting Saints
Edmonton Oilers
New England/Hartford Whalers
Minnesota North Stars
New Jersey Devils
National teamFlag of the United States.svg  United States
NHL Draft 113th overall, 1971
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 19721984

Michael Joseph John "Antone" Antonovich (born October 18, 1951) is a former American professional hockey player, and coach. He was selected in the ninth round of the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft, 113th overall, by the Minnesota North Stars. He is currently a scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets. [1]


Amateur career

Antonovich played high school hockey for Greenway High School in Coleraine, Minnesota, where he led Greenway to 3 straight Minnesota State High School Hockey Tourney trips, winning the State Championships in 1968 and 1969.

After High School, Antonovich spent three seasons playing for the University of Minnesota, where he was tutored by coaches Glen Sonmor and Herb Brooks. Despite being drafted by the North Stars, when Antonovich turned professional he joined the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA.

Professional career

Antonovich played most of his professional career in the WHA, with the Fighting Saints, Edmonton Oilers and New England Whalers. He also appeared in NHL games with the North Stars, Hartford Whalers and New Jersey Devils, in addition to minor league games in the AHL and CHL. While playing professionally Antonovich also represented the United States at the 1976, 1977 and 1982 Ice Hockey World Championships.

Coaching and scouting

Antonovich spent three seasons as an assistant coach in the International Hockey League, coaching the Minnesota Moose and Quad City Mallards. He joined the amateur scouting staff of the St. Louis Blues in 1997, a position he still holds.

Political career

In November 2008, Antonovich defeated incumbent John Sloan, and became the mayor of Coleraine, Minnesota. He has stated that he has no political motivations beyond his current position. [2]

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular SeasonPlayoffs
1970-71U. of MinnesotaNCAA00000
1972-73Minnesota Fighting SaintsWHA752019394663030
1973-74Minnesota Fighting SaintsWHA682129504111454
1974-75Minnesota Fighting SaintsWHA6724265020121452
1975-76Minnesota North StarsNHL120228
1975-76Minnesota Fighting SaintsWHA5725214618
1976-77Edmonton OilersWHA71120
1976-77New England WhalersWHA26129211052244
1976-77Minnesota Fighting SaintsWHA4227214828
1977-78New England WhalersWHA753235673214107174
1978-79New England WhalersWHA69202747351053814
1978-79Springfield IndiansAHL72352
1979-80Springfield IndiansAHL241462035
1979-80Hartford WhalersNHL50112
1980-81Tulsa OilersCHL602832603681232
1981-82Minnesota North StarsNHL20000
1981-82Nashville South StarsCHL8029771067630112
1982-83New Jersey DevilsNHL30771411
1982-83Wichita WindCHL10812200
1983-84Maine MarinersAHL2517133081748128
1983-84New Jersey DevilsNHL3835816
1992-93Minnesota Iron RangersAHA20222
1995-96Quad City MallardsCoHL20114
WHA Totals4861821883701935822204228
NHL Totals8710152537

Coaching statistics

1995-96Minnesota MooseIHLAssistant
1996-97Phoenix RoadrunnersIHLAssistant

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  2. Grow, Doug. "Will former Minnesota hockey star skate on thin ice as newly elected mayor?". MinnPost. Archived from the original on 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2011-04-04.