With Brian Lawton, Mike formed Octagon Hockey in 1998 and he serves as Octagon Hockey’s current Managing Director.
Mike graduated from Bowling Green State University and was named the CCHA Player of Year in 1977. Mike began his professional playing career with the World Hockey Association prior to its merger with the NHL and signed with the St. Louis Blues in 1979. Mike played 13 seasons in the NHL with St. Louis, Hartford and Washington. Among other NHL and NHL Club awards Mike won the 1981 Lester Pearson Award (renamed the Ted Lindsay Award)and the 1981 All Star Game MVP Award and to the NHL’s First All Star Team that same year as well as the 1987 Second All Star Team. During is NHL career, Mike served on the NHL Players’ Association Executive Board, as a Vice-President and CBA Negotiation Committee member.
When Mike retired from the NHL after the 1991-92 NHL season, he attended the Detroit College of Law, served as the NHLPA’s Player Liaison, a 1995 CBA Negotiating Committee Member, and the Goaltender Coach for the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, Mike remained with the NHLPA as an associate counsel from 1996 until he joined Octagon in 1998.