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Born in Hornepayne in 1956, it was there that this exceptional hockey player first played the game which would one day earn him the distinction of serving on three Stanley Cup winning teams, an accomplishment shared with only three other players from northwestern Ontario - Alex Delvecchio, Jack Walker and Benny Woit.

Moving with his family to Toronto, Mike continued on with his hockey career in the minor and junior leagues. A natural on defence, he earned a spot on the Toronto Marlboros Junior 'A' Team, claiming the 1975 Memorial Cup title. Mike's entry into the National Hockey League took place in 1976 when he was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 3rd round.

In his first season Mike set a record by earning the most points by a rookie New York Defenceman. In 1978-79 he competed in his first Stanley Cup playoffs, contributing 2 goals and 11 assists as New York made their way along the trail to the Stanley Cup, losing to Montreal in the finals. After two seasons with the Colorado Rockies, Mike was traded to the New York Islanders, where he contributed his defensive skills to three consecutive Stanley Cup victories in 1981, 1982 and 1983.

After some time spent with the Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and Hartford Whalers, Mike joined the Sierre Club of the Swiss Elite League, before signing back with Hartford for the last half of the 1987-88 season. Retiring from the NHL in 1988 after 12 seasons which included 716 games played, 108 goals and 296 assists, Mike went on to contribute his talents to the coaching side of the game.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 10th, 1994

Mike McEwen

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