This is Mike Fidler. He was a “garbage” goal scorer for Cleveland and Minnesota in the 70s. He had seasons of 17, 17 and 23 goals before his offense left him and I don’t recall him being a good checking winger and the fact that he played his final NHL game at age 26 would seem to confirm it.
Guys like Fidler and Curt Bennett and a generation before Tommy Williams were still somewhat unusual: American kids who could play NHL hockey. Fidler was born in Everett, Mass. and the first sign of him as a hockey player was at age 17 when he popped 45 goals in 20 games for Maiden Catholic High School in 73-74.
Nowadays that would be his draft year (and he’d probably be in junior in Canada or the USHL) but for Fidler it was off to Boston University where he once helped them to a 21-2 record and scored 46 goals in 60 NCAA games.
He was the Hockey News’ #2 college prospect in 1976 and was drafted 41st overall by the California Seals. He had some good seasons but lost his career (injuries were a factor) and if he is remembered at all it is for a monster World Championship in 1978.
I’m using his photo because that’s a beauty uniform, folks.
The Edmonton Oilers recalled Liam Reddox today, and sent down Jeff Drouin Deslauriers. I hope Reddox plays, he’s an interesting prospect. Oilers won last night’s game, but the Wild are a ridiculous team who are basically a starched-shirt-on-ice.