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|1976 NHL DRAFT PICK|
No. 41 overall by California Golden Seals
August 19, 1956
||Position: Left Wing|
5-11 Weight: 195
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Boston University (ECAC)
Birthplace: Everett, Massachusetts (USA)
||Malden Catholic||Mass. HS||
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Mass. High School Goals Leader: 1973-74
(Malden Catholic) (45)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
U.S. college hockey's No. 2 prospect for the 1976 NHL draft.
| Debut: November 1, 1976 (Toronto at
Numbers: 12 (Cleveland); 12 (Minn.); 18, 24, 31
(Hart.); 8 (Chicago)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired 1984
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
CLE, MIN, HAR, CHI||271||
AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Was property of California organization when franchise
relocated to Cleveland on Aug. 26, 1976. ... Missed end of 1976-77 season with
broken leg, an injury suffered during Cleveland's Feb. 18, 1977, game at
Colorado. ... Was on Cleveland team that folded
after the 1977-78 season and merged with Minnesota. His rights were protected
by Minnesota prior to the Minnesota-Cleveland Dispersal Draft on June 15,
1978. ... Played on line with Glen Sharpley and Kris Manery for Minnesota in
1978-79. ... Missed start of 1979-80 season with broken leg, an injury
suffered during one of Minnesota's 1979 preseason games. ... Missed end of
1979-80 season while recovering from midseason shoulder injury that required
surgery. ... Missed start of 1980-81 season after dislocating shoulder during
Minnesota's 1980 training camp. ... Missed part of 1981-82 season with chronic
left shoulder injury revealed to be damaged rotator cuff in October 1981. ...
Released by Hartford and signed with Boston as unrestricted free agent on Dec.
1, 1981, but never played for parent team. ... Released by Chicago in January
1983, ending NHL career.
|Post-Draft Teams: Salt Lake (CHL); Oklahoma
City (CHL); Erie (AHL); Springfield (AHL); New Haven (AHL); Vienna (Austria)|
World Championships: 1978
(sixth place), 1983 (first place, Pool B)
AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick: 1976 (by New
England, No. 13 overall in Round 2)
Miscellaneous: Was Team USA's
leading scorer at 1978 World Championships with 10 points and eight goals in
10 games. ... Played on Minnesota
team that competed in Sweden's 1980 DN Cup tournament. ... Went through entire
professional hockey career without appearing in a playoff series.
Personal: Full name is Michael
Edward Fidler. ... Younger brother of former minor-leaguer Joe Fidler. ... Older brother
of former minor-leaguer Mark Fidler.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|FRANCHISE FOLDED: Fidler was part of the Cleveland
franchise when it folded after the 1977-78 season. He became property of
Minnesota when the North Stars absorbed the Cleveland team.||
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