| 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
183 lb (83 kg)
|Teams|| Chicago Blackhawks|
New York Islanders
|Born|| May 5 1966,|
Sarnia, ON, CAN
|NHL Draft|| 132th overall, 1984|
|Pro Career||1986 – 2004|
Mike Stapleton (born May 5, 1966 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) is a retired National Hockey League hockey player who played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks. He is the son of former NHL defenceman Pat Stapleton.
Stapleton played Junior B hockey for the Strathroy Blades and Major Junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for the Cornwall Royals where he scored 104 goals and 258 points over three seasons and 182 games. He was rated OHL Leyden Division's hardest worker, best faceoff man and best penalty killer in a 1985–86 poll of league coaches.
He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks #132 overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played 697 NHL games for seven different teams netting 71 goals and 182 points along with 342 penalty minutes.
In 2001, Stapleton moved to Finland's SM-liiga and played for the Espoo Blues, scoring 18 goals and 37 points in 41 games. He then had a brief spell in the Swedish Elitserien for Leksands IF before returning to Espoo. He spent one more season in Finland for Tappara before retiring in 2004.
Stapleton also played for Team Canada at the 1986 World Junior Championships where he won a silver medal.
Stapleton served as an assistant to head coach/GM Scott Gardiner with the NAHL's Traverse City North Stars during the club's inaugural 2005–06 season before accepting a position as associate coach of the OHL's Erie Otters. He is currently the head coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.
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