Michael Knuble was born on July 4, 1972 in Toronto, Ontario and is a retired National Hockey League forward. Over the course of his collegiate career at the University of Michigan, Mike was given All-American honors in 1995 and was a Second Team CCHA All-Star in both 1994 and 1995. Mike was drafted in the fourth round, 76th overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. Over sixteen National Hockey League seasons, Mike played for the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, and Washington Capitals. Mike was a member of the 1997-98 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings team and he enjoyed a successful professional career, finishing with over 1,000 games played in the NHL. Internationally, Mike represented his native United States of America at the 2006 Winter Olympics and four separate Ice Hockey World Championship events. Mike retired from professional hockey in 2013 after sixteen NHL seasons.
What was the most memorable moment of your hockey career?
Playing for the USA in the 2006 Winter Olympics. And scoring my first goal at Maple Leaf Gardens.
What advice would you give to future professional hockey players?
Perseverance is so important. There are only so many superstars and the rest have to find their way. For a lot of young players turning pro there haven’t been too many roadblocks. There will be all kinds of obstacles in your way as a pro that you have never experienced. Some you can control and some you can’t. You have to figure out how to get past them – and find a way to succeed. And when you do get there how are you going to stay there?
What are you doing now since retiring from professional hockey?
Coaching with the Grand Rapids Griffins and raising/coaching 3 kids.