Bishai playing for Ilves
|Born||May 30, 1979|
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Played for|| Edmonton Oilers |
Michael Bishai (born May 30, 1979) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre. Bishai was never drafted, but played in the National Hockey League with the Edmonton Oilers.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Bishai moved to British Columbia to play junior hockey. Bishai played two seasons with the South Surrey Eagles in the BCHL, before moving on to Western Michigan University, where he played four seasons. In 2001, Bishai led the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in points, and led the NCAA in points per game. At the tale end of the 2001–02 season, Bishai signed with Edmonton and was assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Roadrunners.
Bishai played most of his Oiler career with affiliates in the AHL, but in the 2003–04 season, he made his NHL debut and played 14 games with the Oilers. Bishai signed with the Phoenix Coyotes organization prior to the 2005–06 season and was assigned to an affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.
Bishai then joined Moscow Dynamo for the 2006–07 season. After playing in only 23 games with Moscow, Bishai left for the Finnish SM-l where he signed with Ilves Tampere for the 2007–08 season. After a successful season with Ilves, Mike then signed with rival team, Jokerit, for the 2008–09 season.
Bishai is most remembered for a fight on Atlanta Thrashers player Serge Aubin on February 11, 2004. The fight, during the brawl, was unbelievable because Aubin tossed Bishai into the Atlanta bench. Bishai got to his feet and continued to trade punches with Aubin, while stunned Thrashers looked on unsure what to do.
Oilers coach Craig MacTavish commented on that fight and said, "...As many years as I've been in the game, I've never seen a guy fighting standing up in the opposition's bench...That's like diving into somebody else's foxhole."
|1996–97||South Surrey Eagles||BCHL||38||6||13||19||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||South Surrey Eagles||BCHL||57||48||52||100||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Western Michigan University||CCHA||26||0||3||3||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Western Michigan University||CCHA||35||18||19||37||52||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Western Michigan University||CCHA||37||23||45||68||37||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Western Michigan University||CCHA||34||10||27||37||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||66||13||18||31||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|All-CCHA Second Team||2001|
|AHCA West Second-Team All-American||2001|