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Mike Polich

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Michael J. Polich (born December 19, 1952 in Hibbing, Minnesota) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 226 games in the National Hockey League in 1977–81. Polich was a college hockey star for the University of Minnesota and also played for Team USA at the 1974 and 1975 World Championships before signing a free agent contract with the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL in 1975. Polich spent most of the next three seasons in Canadiens system with their farm team the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American Hockey League, but he did get his name on the Stanley Cup in 1977 as a reserve on the Canadiens' championship winning team. He also played for Team USA in the inaugural 1976 Canada Cup tournament.

Polich's NHL career finally took off after he signed for the Minnesota North Stars in 1978 where he became an accomplished defensive specialist and penalty killer. He finally retired in 1981 after three years as a regular North Star.

In 226 NHL games he scored 24 goals and 29 assists.

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