Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly was a 23-year-old free agent signing by the New York Rangers in 1986 after spending four years at Michigan State in the NCAA. In each of his four collegiate years, Donnelly put up impressive offensive numbers but it was his senior year in 1985-86 that caught the attention of the Rangers. In 44 games, Donnelly amassed 59 goals and 38 assists for 97 points.

Most of the following year was spent in New Haven of the AHL where he had 27 goals and 34 assists for 61 points in 58 games. In a five-game call-up to the Rangers, Donnelly accounted for a goal and an assist. The next year he doubled his output for both, scoring two goals and two assists in 17 games before being sent upstate to the Buffalo Sabres, where in 40 games he had six goals and eight assists. He played parts of two more seasons in the Queen City before signing with the Los Angeles Kings for the 1990-91 season.

Beginning in 1991, he had seasons of 29, 29, and 21 goals for the Kings while getting a regular spot in the lineup. His best NHL season was in 1992-93, when he had 29 goals and 40 assists for 69 points in 84 games. That was also by far Donnelly's favorite year in the NHL as the Kings, led by Wayne Gretzky, advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup finals where they lost four games to one. Donnelly played in 24 playoff games that year, scoring six goals and seven assists for 13 points.

Donnelly would play a couple of years with the Dallas Stars in 1994-95 and 1995-96 and three games with the New York Islanders in 1996-97, his last NHL stop. He played in the minors until 1997-98 with the IHL's Detroit Vipers. Until the arrival of Mike Modano on the NHL scene, Donnelly was the biggest hockey star ever to come out of Livonia, Michigan.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.A 20 2 10 12 40
1978-79 Richmond Hill Rams ON-Jr.A 11 1 1 2 4
1979-80 Richmond Hill Rams ON-Jr.A 29 17 17 34 37
1979-80 Belleville Bulls ON-Jr.A 13 9 5 14 6
1980-81 Belleville Bulls ON-Jr.A 5 1 2 3 4
1980-81 Richmond Hill Rams ON-Jr.A 20 9 16 25 22
1981-82 Waterford Lakers GLJHL 45 48 64 112 92
1982-83 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 24 7 13 20 8
1983-84 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 44 18 14 32 40
1984-85 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 44 26 21 47 48
1985-86 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 44 59 38 97 65
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 5 1 1 2 0 0
1986-87 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 58 27 34 61 52 7 2 0 2 9
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 17 2 2 4 8 -5
1987-88 Colorado Rangers IHL 8 7 11 18 15
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 40 6 8 14 44 -1
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 22 4 6 10 10 -1
1988-89 Rochester Americans AHL 53 32 37 69 53
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 1 2 3 8 -4
1989-90 Rochester Americans AHL 68 43 55 98 71 16 12 7 19 9
1990-91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 53 7 5 12 41 +3 12 5 4 9 6
1990-91 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 18 10 6 16 2
1991-92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 29 16 45 20 +5 6 1 0 1 4
1992-93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 84 29 40 69 45 +17 24 6 7 13 14
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 21 21 42 34 +2
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 9 1 1 2 4 -7
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 35 11 14 25 29 +3 5 0 1 1 6
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 24 2 5 7 10 -2
1995-96 Michigan K-Wings IHL 21 8 15 23 20 8 3 0 3 10
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 3 0 0 0 2 0
1996-97 Utah Grizzlies IHL 14 7 2 9 33
1996-97 Detroit Vipers IHL 19 4 4 8 12
1997-98 Detroit Vipers IHL 6 0 2 2 2 +1
1997-98 SC Bern Swiss 5 3 1 4 0 1 0 1 1 27
NHL Totals 465 114 121 235 255 47 12 12 24 30


CCHA First All-Star Team (1986)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1986)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1986)
NCAA Championship Tournament MVP (1986)
Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 15, 1986. Traded to Buffalo by NY Rangers with NY Rangers' 5th round pick (Alexander Mogilny) in 1988 NHL Draft for Paul Cyr and Buffalo's 10th round pick (Eric Fenton) in 1988 NHL Draft, December 31, 1987. Traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo for Mikko Makela, September 30, 1990. Traded to Dallas by Los Angeles with Los Angeles' 7th round pick (Eoin McInerney) in 1996 NHL Draft for Dallas' 4th round pick (later traded to Washington - Washington selected Justin Davis) in 1996 NHL Draft, February 17, 1995. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 19, 1996.
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