Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Bales
Mike Bales statistics as a young netminder at Ohio State University were hardly those of a future NHLer. His overall record in three years at the CCHA school was 28-57-10, and his GAA was over five. Still, Boston chose him 105th overall in 1990 and he spent several years in the Bruins organization before being let go. His one prolonged opportunity in the NHL came with the struggling Ottawa Senators in 1995-96, still in the nascent days of the reborn franchise, and the young netminder faced more shots than any keeper could handle.

He was later signed as a free agent by both Buffalo and the Dallas Stars in 1997 and 1998 and continued to work on his game in the minor pro ranks, yet to return to the NHL since 1997.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1988-89 Estevan Bruins SJHL 44 1 4.90
1989-90 Ohio State University CCHA 21 6 13 2 0 5.11
1990-91 Ohio State University CCHA 39 11 24 3 0 5.06
1991-92 Ohio State University CCHA 36 11 20 5 0 5.24
1992-93 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 2.40
1992-93 Providence Bruins AHL 44 22 17 0 1 4.21 2 0 2 0 4.07
1993-94 Providence Bruins AHL 33 9 15 4 0 4.44
1994-95 P.E.I. Senators AHL 45 25 16 3 2 3.62 9 6 3 2 2.72
1994-95 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
1995-96 Ottawa Senators NHL 20 2 14 1 0 4.15
1995-96 P.E.I. Senators AHL 2 0 2 0 0 5.58
1996-97 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.62
1996-97 Baltimore Bandits AHL 46 13 21 8 3 3.07
1997-98 Rochester Americans AHL 39 13 19 5 0 3.42
1998-99 Michigan K-Wings IHL 32 11 17 3 1 3.24
1999-00 Michigan K-Wings IHL 25 9 9 5 0 2.50
2000-01 Utah Grizzlies IHL 50 22 19 3 5 2.47
2001-02 Belfast Giants Britain 34 0 2.31 5 1 2 1 1 2.93
2002-03 ERC Ingolstadt Germany 23 1 2.63
2003-04 Leksands IF Sweden 23 0 2.92
NHL Totals 23 2 15 1 0 4.12


British Elite League First All-Star Team (2002)
British Elite League Best Goaltender (2002)
Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 4, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, September 9, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 8, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Belfast (Britain), August 13, 2001. Signed as a free agent by ERC Ingolstad (Germany), July 6, 2002.
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