|Born||July 4, 1972 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)|
|Played for||Detroit Red Wings|
New York Rangers
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||76th overall, 1991|
Detroit Red Wings
Mike Knuble (born Michael Rudolph Knuble on July 4, 1972) is a Canadian-born American former professional ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL).
During his 16 NHL seasons, he played for the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals.
He was a member of Detroit's 1997–98 Stanley Cup championship team, and was a part of the organization during their 1996–97 Stanley Cup.
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
College Playing Career[edit | edit source]
Mike was drafted in the fourth round, 76th overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.
He played the next four years at the University of Michigan and was given Second Team CCHA All-Star honors in 1994 and 1995 and NCAA West All-American Team honors in 1995.
Following his collegiate career, he made his professional debut in the 1995 Calder Cup playoffs with the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Professional Playing Career[edit | edit source]
Mike spent the entire 1995–96 season and most of the 1996–97 season with Adironack in the AHL before making his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings on March 26, 1997. His debut came against the Colorado Avalanche in the famous "Fight Night at the Joe" match.
Mike played a total of nine regular season games in 1996–97 and none in the 1997 Stanley Cup playoffs. Detroit won the Stanley Cup that season, but his name was not engraved on the Cup since he had not played enough games.
However, Detroit repeated as Cup Champions in 1997–98, his first full season in the NHL, and though he only played three playoff games, he met the necessary requirements to have his name engraved on the Cup. Knuble was included on both Stanley Cup winning team pictures in 1997 and 1998
Prior to the 1998–99 season, Detroit traded Mike to the New York Rangers for a 2000 second-round draft choice (Tomas Kopecky).
He played in all 82 games with the Rangers that season, recording 15 goals and 20 assists. With a month to go in the 1999–2000 season, the Rangers traded him to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Rob DiMaio.
After posting 20 points in 82 games in 2000–01 and 14 points in 54 games in 2001–02, he found himself playing left wing on a line with Joe Thornton and Glen Murray beginning in 2002–03. He scored 30 goals and 29 assists in 75 games, good for third on the Bruins.
Mike enjoyed another solid season in 2003–04, 21 goals and 25 assists in 82 games with the Bruins.
During which, he set the NHL record for the fastest two goals to start a game by one player on February 14 against the Florida Panthers. He scored a goal ten seconds into the first period and followed it up with another just 27 seconds into the game.
After the season, Mike signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers in the off-season. He then played for Linköpings HC of the Swedish Elitserien during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, scoring 26 goals and assisting on 13 others in 49 games.
He responded with his best season as a professional in 2005–06, recording career highs in goals (34), assists (31) and points (65).
On pace to duplicate his numbers despite his team's poor season in 2006–07, Mike's season was nearly cut short after a collision with Rangers forward and former Red Wings teammate Brendan Shanahan.
After missing a month of action, Mike returned to the ice and finished with 24 goals and 30 assists in 64 games and brought his plus-minus rating to +2, being one of two Flyers (Gagné being the other) to finish with a plus rating for the season.
On February 2, 2008, Mike recorded his first career hat trick, scoring all the goals in a 3–0 Flyers win over the Anaheim Ducks. He netted his first career playoff overtime goal on April 17, 2008, scoring the winner during the second overtime of the Flyers' 4–3 victory over the Washington Capitals.
Mike has traveled to schools in New Jersey and Philadelphia teaching kids about hockey in his free time.
On July 1, 2009, he signed a two-year deal worth $2.8 million a season with the Washington Capitals.
On November 13, 2009, in a game against the Minnesota Wild, Mike broke a finger in the first period and did not finish the game. He returned on December 11 after missing four weeks of action.
He scored Washington's first goal in the second period of the 2011 NHL Winter Classic against Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
On April 11, 2011, Mike was re-signed to a one-year, $2 million contract extension with the Capitals. During the 2011–12 season, on December 20, 2011, he played in his 1,000th NHL game. At that time, he had scored 221 NHL goals since turning age 30.
On January 24, 2013, Mike signed a one year deal to return to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
|1991–92||University of Michigan||CCHA||43||7||8||15||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||University of Michigan||CCHA||39||26||16||42||57||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||University of Michigan||CCHA||41||32||26||58||71||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||University of Michigan||CCHA||34||38||22||60||62||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||—||—||—||—||—||3||0||0||0||0|
|1995–96||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||80||22||23||45||59||3||1||0||1||0|
|1996–97||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||68||28||35||63||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||9||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||53||7||6||13||16||3||0||1||1||0|
|1998–99||New York Rangers||NHL||82||15||20||35||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||New York Rangers||NHL||59||9||5||14||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||1||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
Coaching Career[edit | edit source]
Mike is currently an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit's minor league affiliate.
Accolades[edit | edit source]
- All-CCHA Second Team (1993-94)
- All-CCHA Second Team (1994-95)
- AHCA West Second-Team All-American (1994–95)
- Stanley Cup (1998) (with Detroit Red Wings)
- Yanick Dupre Memorial (2006-07)
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Knuble was raised with younger brother Steve in Kentwood, Michigan, by his Latvian-born parents, Aivars and Māra (Miesnieks) Knuble.
Because he was born in Canada, Mike has dual Canadian/American citizenship. His father Aivars died of a heart attack at the age of 45 in 1987 when Mike was 15 years old.
Mike is married to wife Megan. Together they have three children: Cam, Anna, and Cole. His brother Steve, who attended Michigan State University, lives in Huntsville, Alabama, but has run a hockey clinic in Ann Arbor, Michigan since 1996
The Knuble family spends their off-seasons in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he was raised as a child.