|Michael John Antonovich
Height: 5' 6", Weight: 155 pounds
Born: 10.18.51 Calumet, Minnesota
|How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from the Minnesota North Stars, 10.1.82
How he left: Retired after the 83-84 season
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Wow, somebody that played for the Devils that was smaller than Brian Gionta.
Antonovich did not have a lengthy NHL career, and that's because he spent most of his major league years in the WHA,
particularly with the Minnesota Fighting Saints. In hindsight, I can see that logic, being that he was a smaller player and
the WHA was a more wide open style of play compared to the NHL.
Injuries were semi-frequnet, as well, particularly his first season as a Devil, when he missed time because of a wrist
injury and a knee injury. The following season was kinder; even though he didn't play many more games than the
season before, he did see some games with the Maine Mariners, including during the Calder Cup push.
After retirement, he did start coaching on the high school level at St. Cloud Cathedral in Minnesota. Not sure how long,
but I'd guess right up until the Moose of the IHL hired him as an assistant in the mid-90s. He was there for 2 seasons,
then the Phoenix Roadrunners for one.
He joined the St. Louis Blues in 1997 to become an amateur scout and remains there to this day.
|Entry Draft: 1971 Twelfth Round Pick (113th overall) by the
Minnesota North Stars