Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Connolly
Michael Connolly was born July 3, 1989 in Calgary, Alberta. A product of the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL, Connolly then attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team after the 2008-09 season, and as a Junior, helped the club to the NCAA Championship, while earning a WCHA First All-Star team selection.

Undrafted, Connolly signed as free agent with the San Jose Sharks on April 13, 2011. He made his professional debut in 2011-12 for the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League. With 30 points in 40 games he was the clubs leading scorer, but was traded on February 27, 2012 to the Colorado Avalanche, along with Jamie McGinn and Michael Sgarbossa in exchange for Daniel Winnik, TJ Galiardi and a seventh round selection. Connolly would join the Avalanches AHL affiliate the Lake Erie Monsters, but was soon summoned to the big club. He made his NHL debut on March 4, 2012 against the Minnesota Wild. He would suit up for one more game with Colorado before being returned to Lake Erie.

On July 18, 2013, again a free agent, Connolly was signed a one-year deal with German club, Augsburger Panther.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2006-07 Camrose Kodiaks AJHL 47 18 30 48 79 17 7 13 20 28
2007-08 Camrose Kodiaks AJHL 37 25 41 66 39 12 3 5 8 38
2008-09 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 43 13 29 42 53
2009-10 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 38 14 26 40 24
2010-11 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 42 28 26 54 59
2011-12 Worcester Sharks AHL 40 10 20 30 26 +4
2011-12 Colorado Avalanche NHL 2 0 0 0 2 0
2011-12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 13 3 4 7 4 +4
2012-13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 65 9 14 23 21 -3
NHL Totals 2 0 0 0 2


WCHA All-Rookie Team (2009) WCHA First All-Star Team (2011) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2011) Signed as a free agent by San Jose, April 15, 2011. Traded to Colorado by San Jose with Jamie McGinn and Michael Sgarbossa for T.J. Galiardi, Daniel Winnik and Anaheim's 7th round pick (previously acquired, San Jose selected Emil Galimov) in 2013 NHL Draft, February 27, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Augsburg (Germany), July 18, 2013.
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