Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Veisor
Trades are part of hockey life and some turn out very well for a player. The trade that helped Mike Veisor was the one that took him to the Peterborough Petes under Roger Neilson. Veisor left a last place team to join a Memorial Cup contender. The Petes lost to Cornwall, the 1972 champion, but Veisor got the exposure he needed.

The Chicago Blackhawks drafted Veisor in the third round of the 1972 Amateur Draft which posed a dilemma for the young netminder. The Ottawa team, of the newly formed WHA, had also claimed his services and were offering better money than the NHL club. The dream of playing in the NHL won out.

Over the next four seasons "The Worm" split between Dallas and the parent club. He was reunited in Dallas with Roger Neilson, and while there claimed the CHL Rookie of the Year honours. He also was twice named to the CHL First All-Star Team.

On his stints with the Blackhawks, Veisor was the backup goaltender to future Hall of Famer Tony Esposito. Happy to be with the team, he accepted the position of role player. His biggest season with the Hawks was in 1978-79 when he got into 17 games, including a 4-0 shutout of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Veisor was traded to Hartford in 1980. In his first season with the team he appeared in a career high 29 games before phlebitis hampered his play. Despite this condition, Dave King invited the goaltender to accompany Team Canada to the 1983 World Championship. Again, Veisor served as backup goaltender  this time to Rick Wamsley. The following season the Whalers traded him to Winnipeg. When the Jets asked him to go to their minor league team, Veisor decided it was time to quit.

Mike Veisor did get a chance to star again years later. As an oldtimer he finally got the opportunity to be a starting goaltender after serving in the shadows for so many years.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1969-70 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 43 0 4.00
1970-71 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 53 0 5.02 7 2 4 1 0 4.41
1971-72 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 49 1 4.17 15 11 2 2 2 2.13
1971-72 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 3 2 1 0 0 2.66
1972-73 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 39 4 2.75 4 0 3.83
1973-74 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 10 7 0 2 1 2.23 2 0 1 0 3.75
1974-75 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 9 1 5 1 0 4.70
1974-75 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 16 11 5 0 0 3.26 10 6 4 0 2 2.56
1975-76 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 62 28 22 9 5 2.93 9 5 4 0 1 2.44
1976-77 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 3 1 2 0 0 4.33
1976-77 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 40 17 15 6 2 3.05 2 0 2 0 0 3.03
1977-78 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 12 3 4 5 2 2.58
1978-79 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 17 5 8 4 0 3.53
1979-80 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 11 3 5 3 0 3.36 1 0 1 0 6.00
1980-81 Hartford Whalers NHL 29 6 13 6 1 4.46
1981-82 Hartford Whalers NHL 13 5 5 2 0 4.54
1981-82 Binghamton Whalers AHL 22 13 8 1 1 3.09
1982-83 Hartford Whalers NHL 23 5 16 1 1 5.53
1982-83 Canada WEC-A
1983-84 Hartford Whalers NHL 4 1 3 0 0 5.00
1983-84 Sherbrooke Jets AHL 5 1 4 0 0 5.56
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 8 4 1 2 0 3.71 1 0 0 0 6.00
NHL Totals 139 41 62 26 5 4.08 4 0 2 0 5.00


CHL First All-Star Team (1973, 1976)
Fewest goals against - CHL (1973, 1976)
Ken McKenzie Trophy (Rookie of the Year - CHL) (1973)
Traded to Hartford by Chicago for Hartford's 2nd round pick (Kevin Griffin) in 1981 NHL Draft, June 19, 1980. Traded to Winnipeg by Hartford for Ed Staniowski, November 10, 1983.
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