Michael Elwin Kitchen
Defense
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 178 pounds
Born: 2.1.56 Newmarket, Ontario
How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Retired after the 1984-85 season (then playing in the minors)
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1976-77
COL
60
1
8
9
-2
36
46
0
1
1
0
1
1
0
1977-78
COL
61
2
17
19
-12
45
57
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1978-79
COL
53
1
4
5
-19
28
22
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1979-80
COL
42
1
6
7
-10
25
31
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
1980-81
COL
75
1
7
8
-38
100
49
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1981-82
COL
63
1
8
9
-18
60
35
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1982-83
NJ
77
4
8
12
-25
52
46
0
0
0
1
1
2
0
1983-84
NJ
43
1
4
5
-15
24
37
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
Team Career
Totals
COL
354
7
50
57
-99
294
240
0
2
2
0
1
1
1
Team Career
Totals
NJ
120
5
12
17
-40
76
83
0
1
1
1
1
2
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
474
12
62
74
-139
370
323
0
3
3
1
2
3
1
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Kitchen was a responsible player in his own end. He could skate well and played the man rather efficiently. He didn't try
to do too much, either, especially when it came to offensive play. He just let those that could do so. (In part why you
only see him in double digits in points twice in his career.)

He was playing in the minors when after a bad Rockies loss, GM Ray Miron laid down the law: either get their act
together, or a few of them would be sent down. The bad play continued, and Kitchen would be one of the ones who got
the call-up. He didn't disappoint.

He would play in all 6 seasons of the Rockies' existence, the only player to do so. He is also the only player to be in the
organization in all 3 incarnations. People would forget that he was drafted into the franchise when the team was still in
Kansas City, and that's because he never played a game there.

He would suffer a similar fate in 1984 when he was sent to the minors in favor of younger defensemen, and retired after
playing that year with the Maine Mariners. He would become an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs by
decades end and hold that job for 10 years. He would hold a similar post for the St. Louis Blues for a few years before
being promoted to head coach for the remainder of the 2003-04 season. He held that post until the middle of the
2006-07 season. The 05-06 team (21-46-15) was the worst in Blues history.

He went on to be an assistant for the Florida Panthers for 3 seasons. Currently, he's an assistant for the Chicago
Blackhawks.
Entry Draft: 1976 Third Round Pick (38th overall) by the
Kansas City Scouts
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1977-78
COL
2
0
0
0
N/A
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
2
0
0
0
N/A
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise (Same indicators as above.)