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|1980 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in second round
35 overall by New York Rangers
Born March 28, 1961
Height: 6-0 Weight: 200
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Fort Frances, Ontario (Canada)
Fort Frances, Ontario
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
1977-78: Played five regular-season games for New Westminster team that
went on to win Memorial Cup, but was not with team for playoffs.
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
No. 17 prospect for the 1980 NHL draft. ... Was No. 9 prospect on Central Scouting's
final ranking of 1980 draft-eligible players. ... Spent part of his childhood
in Wales, while his father was teaching overseas.
| Debut: October 9, 1980 (N.Y. Rangers at
Numbers: 14 (N.Y. Rangers); 8
(Toronto); 10 (Los Angeles)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired October 1990
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|1980-1990||N.Y. Rangers, Toronto, L.A.
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
|1981-1990||N.Y. Rangers, Toronto, L.A.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Toronto Playoffs Assists Leader: 1987 (5, tie)
Broadcasting Career: Named Los Angeles radio color commentator prior to
1995-96 season and held position through 1997-98 season.
Miscellaneous: Scored goal for N.Y. Rangers on his first shot of his first
shift in his first NHL game. The
goal, assisted by Phil Esposito at 2:44 of the first period, beat Boston
goaltender Rogie Vachon. Allison had been on the ice for only 46 seconds when
he scored. ... Scored hat trick for N.Y. Rangers in second NHL
game, at Toronto on October 11, 1980. It was the only NHL hat trick he would
ever score. ... Had four goals in his first six NHL
shots. ... Began playing left wing in addition to center upon breaking into
NHL with N.Y. Rangers. ... Played on line with Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg
for N.Y. Rangers for first half of 1980-81 season. ... Played on line with Don
Maloney and Eddie Johnstone for N.Y. Rangers for second half of 1980-81
season. ... Missed part of 1980-81
season with strained ligaments in right knee, an injury suffered during N.Y.
Rangers' Jan. 13, 1981, game at Calgary. ... Set N.Y. Rangers records (since
broken) for points (64) and assists (38) by a rookie in 1980-81. ... Missed
parts of 1981-82 season with bruised left kneecap, an injury suffered during N.Y.
Rangers' Oct. 25, 1981, game vs. Montreal, and with sprained MCL in right
knee, an injury suffered when he was checked by Bryan Trottier during N.Y. Rangers' Jan. 20, 1982, game vs. N.Y.
Islanders. The injury required surgery. ... Missed part of 1982-83 season with
strained ligaments in right knee, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Nov.
20, 1982, game at Toronto. ... Missed remainder of 1983 playoffs with left
knee injury, suffered during Game 5 of N.Y. Rangers' second-round playoff
series at N.Y. Islanders on April 20, 1983. ... Missed part of 1983-84 season
with sprained left knee, an injury suffered when he collided with Bengt
Gustafsson during N.Y. Rangers' Oct. 13, 1983, game vs. Washington. He did not
return to action until Dec. 4, 1983. ... Missed start of 1984-85 season while
recovering from knee surgery performed during summer of 1984. ... Missed part
of 1984-85 season with lower back injury, suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Oct.
30, 1984, game at N.Y. Islanders. ... Missed remainder of 1984-85 season and
entire 1985 playoffs with torn ACL in right knee, an injury requiring
arthroscopic surgery on Jan. 17, 1985. He had originally suffered the ligament
damage in October 1984 and played with it until surgery became necessary. ...
Served as N.Y. Rangers' team representative to NHLPA from 1984 to 1986. ...
Attended 1985 NHL Entry Draft in Toronto, where he assisted at N.Y. Rangers'
draft table. ... Missed parts of 1985-86 season with chronic knee troubles and
broken wrist. ... Missed parts of 1986-87 season with neck injury, suffered
during Toronto's Jan. 26, 1987, game vs. Calgary, and with shoulder injury,
suffered during Toronto's March 14, 1987, game vs. Calgary. ... Missed parts
of 1987-88 season with back injury, suffered in October 1987, and with groin
injury, suffered during Los Angeles' Jan. 21, 1988, game at Calgary and
re-aggravated in March 1988. ... Scored goal in his first game with Los
Angeles, vs. Edmonton on Dec. 16, 1987. ... Missed start of 1988-89 season
with sprained wrist, suffered in October 1988. ... Missed part of 1988-89
season with strained knee, suffered in January 1989. ... Suspended one game by
NHL for receiving second stick-related major penalty of year during Los
Angeles' Feb. 15, 1989, game vs. Boston (automatic suspension). ... Played
right wing for Los Angeles for parts of 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons. ...
Missed end of 1988-89 regular season and start of 1989 playoffs with back
injury, suffered during Los Angeles' March 28, 1989, game vs. Winnipeg. ...
Missed remainder of Los Angeles' 1989 training camp and start of 1989-90
season with strained groin, an injury suffered in September 1989. ... Missed
parts of 1989-90 season with back pain, an injury suffered during Los Angeles'
Jan. 9, 1990, game vs. St. Louis, and with food poisoning, contracted in
mid-March 1990. ... Missed part of 1990 playoffs with bruised thigh, an injury
suffered in April 1990. ... Signed termination contract with Los Angeles on July 11,
1990. ... Retired after Los Angeles bought out his contract on Oct. 5, 1990.
|Post-Draft Teams: Springfield (AHL); Tulsa (CHL);
New Haven (AHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Coaching Career: Spent one season as
assistant coach at Bemidji State (NCAA D-II) in early 1990s.
Miscellaneous: Played on N.Y.
Rangers team that competed in Sweden's 1981 DN Cup tournament. ... Worked as
assistant director of Los Angeles Kings Hockey Camp after his retirement. ...
Founded A&A Developmental Hockey Camps in Fort Frances, Ontario, with his
brother Dave, and worked as instructor there into summer of 2003.
Nicknamed "Red Dog" and "Red." ... Full name is Michael Earnest Allison. ... Younger
brother for former NHL player Dave Allison. ... Son of Scottish-born former major-junior
player Bill Allison, who became a history and economics teacher after playing career.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: N.Y. Rangers traded Allison to Toronto
in exchange for Walt Poddubny on August 18, 1986.||
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