Mike Green (ice hockey, born 1985)

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Mike Green
Green with the Washington Capitals in 2009
Born (1985-10-12) October 12, 1985 (age 35)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Washington Capitals
Detroit Red Wings
Edmonton Oilers
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2004
Washington Capitals
Playing career 20052020
Website mikegreen25.com
Medal record

Michael David Green (born October 12, 1985) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers.


Known for his hard slapshot and goal-scoring offense during his ten-year tenure with the Capitals, Green put up impressive offensive statistics for a defenceman from 2007 to 2010. During this time, he earned the nickname "Game Over Green", for his propensity to score game-winning goals

Playing career


Green played his minor hockey career with the NASA Hockey Association, in Calgary, Alberta. He played major junior in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for five full seasons with the Saskatoon Blades. After a 14-goal, 39-point season in 2003–04, he was drafted in the first round, 29th overall, by the Washington Capitals in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.


Washington Capitals

In 2005–06, Green split the season with the Capitals and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hershey Bears. He scored his first career NHL goal against Ed Belfour of the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 3, 2006, [1] and finished with three points in 22 games for the Capitals. The next season, 2006–07, Green was selected to play in the 2007 NHL YoungStars Game for the Eastern Conference, where he registered three assists despite playing with a bruised foot. [2] Not having played the 25-game minimum to qualify as a rookie the previous season, the 2006–07 season counted as Green's rookie campaign. He completed his second season with 12 points in 70 games, while still appearing in 12 games in the AHL with the Bears.

Green in 2007 Mike Green Caps 2007.jpg
Green in 2007

In 2007–08, Green emerged as an elite offensive NHL defenceman while playing on a young and talented Washington team which included forwards Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Bäckström. Green earned the nickname "Game Over," made popular by play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati after his game-winning goals in the last minutes of the third period or overtime became a regular occurrence. [3] Green finished the season with four game-winning goals to go with his NHL-leading 18 goals among defencemen and 56 points. Green did not start his goal-scoring run until after Bruce Boudreau replaced Glen Hanlon as head coach on Thanksgiving Day, 2007.[ citation needed ] That season, the Capitals made the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2003, and in his first career NHL playoff game on April 11, 2008, against the Philadelphia Flyers, Green brought Washington back from a 4–2 deficit with two goals in the third period. The Capitals eventually won the game on an Ovechkin game-winning goal. Known for his very powerful and heavy shot, Green took a slapshot from the blue line that same game that was blocked by Philadelphia's Patrick Thoresen; the shot broke Thoresen's protective cup and nearly ruptured a testicle, and he had to be taken to a local hospital, missing the next game. [4] After the game, Green called Thoresen to check in on him. In Game 3, on April 15, Green recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick (a goal, an assist and a fight) in a 6–3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. The series went the distance, but the Capitals would lose in the seventh game.

During the 2008 playoffs, Green's signature "faux hawk" hairstyle received increased publicity as his profile in the NHL was raised. An Elliot in the Morning promotion, "Rawk the Hawk," had Green into the studio for the haircut, which willing fans could also have done for playoff tickets. The D.C. morning talk radio show brought this promotion back for the 2009 season, offering tickets for the first game of each new series. [5] Additionally, during the season, an unofficial Green fan club, dubbed the "Gang Green" began showing up to home games wearing dark green T-shirts with "Gang Green" written on the front and Green's nickname, "GAME OVER," as the name plate on the back above the number 52.[ citation needed ]

Green with the Capitals on November 15, 2008. Mike Green.jpg
Green with the Capitals on November 15, 2008.

At the end of the season, on May 21, 2008, Green was named to the Sporting News' NHL All-Star Team along with teammate Alexander Ovechkin. [6] Later in the summer, Green signed a four-year contract extension with the Capitals, on July 1, averaging to $5.25 million per year. [7]

Green picked up where he left off in 2008–09, but was plagued by injuries early in the season. Returning from the sidelines, Green captured back-to-back NHL Third Stars of the Week for the weeks ending February 1 and 8, 2009. [8] On February 14, Green scored in his eighth consecutive game, setting the NHL record for most consecutive games with a goal by a defenceman. The former record was set by Mike O'Connell in the 1983–84 season. [9] Then, after receiving a Second Star of the Week for the week ending March 23, [10] he became just the eighth defenceman in history to score 30 goals in a season in a game against the New York Islanders on April 1. [11] Finishing with 31 goals on the season, Green tallied 18 on the power play, one short of Sheldon Souray's 2006–07 record of 19. [12]

In April 2009, Green was nominated for the James Norris Memorial Trophy for the NHL's top defenceman, along with Zdeno Chára and Nicklas Lidström. [13] Green has been nominated for the award twice. [14]

In 2009–10, Green set a career-high with 76 points. He missed a lot of time during the following two seasons due to various injuries.

On July 16, 2012, Green signed a three-year contract extension worth $18.25 million to stay with the Capitals. [15]

In the 2012–13 NHL season, Green led all NHL defencemen in goals scored with 12.

In the 2013–14 season, Green was demoted to Washington's second power play unit. He finished the season with career-lows in points scored and plus-minus rating.

Detroit Red Wings

On July 1, 2015, the Detroit Red Wings signed Green to a three-year, $18 million contract. [16]

On October 17, 2016, Green notched his first career hat trick against Andrew Hammond of the Ottawa Senators. [17]

During the 2017–18 season, Green was named to the NHL All-Star Game for the second time in his career after leading team defencemen in scoring and ranking fourth overall on the team. [18] Green's season was cut short in March when he was ruled out for the rest of the season due to his injuries. [19]

On June 30, 2018, the Red Wings resigned Green to a two-year, $10.75 million contract. After playing in 43 games the following season, Green was announced to be sitting out the rest of the year to recover from a virus on March 7, 2019. [20] During the 2019–20 season, Green recorded three goals and eights assists in 48 games for the Red Wings. [21]

Edmonton Oilers

On February 24, 2020, Green was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Kyle Brodziak and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2020. [22] He skated in two games for the team before suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL). [23]

Green decided to opt out of the league's return to play program after the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [24] On August 26, 2020, Green announced his retirement in an interview with The Athletic. [25]

International play

Following his break-out season with the Capitals, Green debuted for Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Championship as the host country. He recorded 12 points in eight games as Canada went on to win a silver medal, losing to Russia in overtime in the gold medal game. Green was named to the Tournament All-Star Team. He was also selected for the 2010 Winter Olympics summer roster for Team Canada in August 2009 and considered a favourite, but did not make the final roster cut. [26]

Off the ice

Green joins First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama at the White House in 2011 to promote her Let's Move! initiative Michelle Obama Lets Move hockey cropped (Green).jpg
Green joins First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama at the White House in 2011 to promote her Let's Move! initiative

Green is involved in a number of community organizations and events. He is raising money for Children's National Medical Center as part of America's Giving Challenge, sponsored by Parade magazine. He also participated with Alexander Ovechkin in speaking at a local middle school and participating in a game of floor hockey. [27] Green also has a program called "Green's Gang," where he purchases seven season tickets and donates them to Most Valuable Kids, a non-profit organization that works with underprivileged kids and active military. [28] In 2008, Green founded a charity called So Kids Can with Elliot Segal, host of DC101's Elliot in the Morning . During the 2011–12 season, the group raised money to construct a playground at Hopkins-Tancil Court in Old Town Alexandria (Virginia). Working with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to building playgrounds, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and over 200 Washington Capitals fans and community volunteers, Green and Segal oversaw the construction of that playground. The S.T.A.R.S playground held its official opening on September 19, 2012. So Kids Can has raised over $200,000 since its founding. [29] On August 9, 2014, Green married his longtime girlfriend, Courtney Parrie [30] and they have a son, Axel Rain (born 4/27/2015); [31] a daughter, Lula Sky (born 11/16/19); [32] and a son, Bodhi Moon (born 5/30/2021) [33] together. [34]


Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2000–01 Saskatoon Blades WHL 70220
2001–02 Saskatoon BladesWHL62320235770112
2002–03 Saskatoon BladesWHL72636427060226
2003–04 Saskatoon BladesWHL5914253992
2004–05 Saskatoon BladesWHL6714526610540006
2005–06 Hershey Bears AHL 569344379213151830
2005–06 Washington Capitals NHL 2212318
2006–07 Hershey BearsAHL123582619791638
2006–07 Washington CapitalsNHL702101236
2007–08 Washington CapitalsNHL8218385662734715
2008–09 Washington CapitalsNHL68314273681418912
2009–10 Washington CapitalsNHL7519577654703312
2010–11 Washington CapitalsNHL49816244881568
2011–12 Washington CapitalsNHL32347121422410
2012–13 Washington CapitalsNHL351214262072244
2013–14 Washington CapitalsNHL709293864
2014–15 Washington CapitalsNHL72103545341402214
2015–16 Detroit Red Wings NHL747283538511210
2016–17 Detroit Red WingsNHL7214223640
2017–18 Detroit Red WingsNHL668253338
2018–19 Detroit Red WingsNHL435212628
2019–20 Detroit Red WingsNHL48381132
2019–20 Edmonton Oilers NHL20000
NHL totals8801503515015927610273785


2002 Canada U18 Gold medal icon.svg50222
2003 Canada WJC18 Gold medal icon.svg70002
2008 Canada WC Silver medal icon.svg948122
Junior totals120224
Senior totals948122

Awards and honours

CHL Top Prospects Game 2004
East First All-Star Team 2005
All-Rookie Team 2006
Calder Cup (Hershey Bears) 2006
NHL YoungStars Game 2007
First All-Star Team 2009, 2010
All-Star Game 2011, 2018
WC All-Star Team 2008

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jeff Schultz
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Sasha Pokulok