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|1976 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in third round
38 overall by Kansas City Scouts
Defense / Left Wing|
Height: 5-10 Weight:
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Newmarket, Ontario (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Memorial Cup: 1975 (Toronto)
Memorial Cup All-Star First Team: 1975 (Toronto)
First Team: 1974-75 (Toronto)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
OMJHL's No. 16 prospect for the 1976 NHL draft.
| Debut: November 13, 1976 (Colorado at
Numbers: 26 (Colorado/New Jersey)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired 1985
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
New Jersey Unsung Hero: 1982-83
Career: Named Toronto assistant coach on Aug. 8, 1989, and remained in
that position until July 9, 1998. ... Named St. Louis assistant coach on
Sept. 1, 1998, and remained in that position until Feb. 24, 2004. ... Named
St. Louis head coach on Feb. 24, 2004.
Miscellaneous: Was property of Kansas City organization when franchise
relocated to Colorado on July 15, 1976. ... Missed part of 1978-79 season with
broken left wrist. ... Was on Colorado team that relocated to New Jersey on
June 30, 1982. ... Was only player in Kansas City/Colorado/New Jersey
franchise history to relocate twice with team and be part of organization in
all three cities. ... Missed part of 1983-84 season with hip pointer and thigh
pull, an injury suffered during New Jersey's Jan. 15, 1984, game vs. Edmonton.
... Missed remainder of 1983-84 season after severing tendon in right middle
finger during New Jersey's Feb. 11, 1984, game at Pittsburgh. The injury
occurred while he was on the bench awaiting his first shift of the game.
Teammate Aaron Broten was pushed over the boards, and his skate cut through
Kitchen's finger. ... Ended career with Kansas City/Colorado/New Jersey record
(since broken) of 474 career games.
|Post-Draft Teams: Rhode Island (AHL); Fort
Worth (CHL); Maine (AHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick: 1976 (by Toronto,
No. 83 overall in Round 8)
Coaching Career: Named Newmarket (AHL)
part-time assistant coach prior to 1988-89 season and held position until Aug.
Miscellaneous: Worked in father's excavation business
during off-seasons of his early playing days. ... Worked as landscaper in
Littleton, Colo., during off-seasons of his later playing days.
Personal: Full name is Michael
Elwin Kitchen. ... Older brother of former NHL player Bill Kitchen.
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