October 08, 2015

Mike Natyshak

A graduate from Bowling Green University (CCHA) where he played four seasons while earn a bachelor of arts, Mike Natyshak was signed by Quebec Nordiques after being selected in the 1986 supplemental draft (1st choice, 23rd overall).

Natyshak was a right winger not exactly known for his scoring skills (36 point in 142 games at Bowling Green). It was his toughness and character that impressed Quebec. He had 242 PIMs in his collegiate career - no easy feat in any era in the American collegiate ranks.

Mike made his NHL debut in the 1987-88 season but saw limited ice time and was held pointless in the four games that he played for Quebec.

He would spend most of his two pro seasons split between Fredericton (AHL) and Fort Wayne (IHL) between 1987 and 1989.

The native of Belle River, Quebec gave up his pro career in 1989 as a 25-year old. He would return to Ohio and work in the financial services industry in Toledo while also helping coach amateur hockey.

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