Nykoluk during his tenure as coach of the Philadelphia Flyers
December 11, 1934|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Michael Andrew Nykoluk (born December 11, 1934) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and coach. Nykoluk played one season in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Toronto Maple Leafs and who coached for seven seasons in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs. He is the younger brother of longtime Canadian Football League player Danny Nykoluk.
Nykoluk began his professional career with the Rochester Americans of the AHL in 1956-57. That season with Rochester, he was called up to play in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 32 games he played for Toronto would be his only stint in the NHL. He only mustered 4 points in those 32 games. He was sent back down to the Americans and went on to have an extensive playing career for the Hershey Bears of the AHL playing for 14 seasons before retiring. He was then offered a job with the Philadelphia Flyers as an assistant to head coach Fred Shero. Nykoluk helped the Flyers win the Stanley Cup in 1974, 1975. He later became an assistant of head coach Fred Shero with the New York Rangers and head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs for three seasons ending in 1984.
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|TOR||1980-81||40||15||15||10||--||(71)||5th in Adams||Lost in preliminary round (0-3 vs. NYI)|
|TOR||1981-82||80||20||44||16||--||56||5th in Norris||Missed playoffs|
|TOR||1982-83||80||28||40||12||--||68||3rd in Norris||Lost in division semi-finals (1-3 vs. MIN)|
|TOR||1983-84||80||26||45||9||--||61||5th in Norris||Missed playoffs|