July 26, 2015
Talk about a heartless move.
On Christmas Eve, 1964 the New York Rangers demoted forward Jim Mikol to their minor league team in snowy St. Paul, Minnesota. Let me repeat that - On Christmas Eve!
The lack of holiday spirit didn't deter Mikol from working his butt off in Minnesota as he was determined to get back to the National Hockey League.
That chance did come in the new year when Rangers forward Don Marshall came down with an injury. New York summoned Mikol for his return, but a snow storm ground the farm team's in Cleveland, Ohio.
Desperate to find someone to fill in that night, the Rangers found Trevor Fahey of the EHL's New York Rovers.
Fahey was a junior star out of Tillsonberg, Ontario who had been having a strong rookie pro-season with the Rovers.
Fahey did not get to play much in what would prove to be his only shot at the NHL. He scored 0 goals and 0 points.
Fahey continued toiling in the minor leagues until 1970. His post-playing career was quite interesting.
That's when he retired as a pro and decided to go back to school. He attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia while also playing for the "X-Men" hockey team.
He published two hockey books: "All About Hockey" (1974) and "Hockey: Canadian/Soviet" (1977).
He served as head coach of the Brandon Bobcats hockey team, leading the team to a championship in 1975. He was later named athletic director at Brandon University.
He travelled to Russia to take part in international coaching symposiums at the Institute of Sport and Culture in Moscow
Fahey also founded the Coach International Hockey Schools in Manitoba in 1980. He had schools in Manitoba as well as New Hampshire and Florida.
By 1995 He moved to sunny Florida and was instrumental in starting the Tampa Bay Raiders Minor Hockey Association. He remains active on the grass roots hockey scene in Tampa Bay.