Hometown: Toronto, ON [STATS]
Hockey Experience: Erie Otters, OHL (2006-09); Bloomington Prairie Thunder, CHL (2009-10); Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL (2010-12)
Awards: Humanitarian of the year- Erie Otters (2007-08, 2008-09); Humanitarian of the year – Bloomington Prairie Thunder (2009-10)
Community Involvement: Mike has been volunteering ever since the beginning of his hockey career. He began with the Shriners Hospital while playing for the Erie Otters while playing junior hockey. He spent a few days a week visiting with patients and their families during their stays. Mike was also a part of the “Reading with the Otters” and “Skating with the Stars” programs in Erie.
In Bloomington Mike spent time at the Bloomington Retirement Home and was involved with the Bloomington Prairie Thunder Reading Program, where they talked about the importance of reading with elementary school students. While attending the University of British Columbia he was the Top Individual Fundraiser in 2010-11 for the BC Children’s Hospital Lace Up For Kids event.
“During the time Mike volunteered at our hospital, it was obvious that he had a special knack or relating to children. His personality and demeanor helped calm even the most anxious child. Our patients, families and staff truly enjoyed interacting with Mike.” – Bob Howden, MS; Director of Public Relations, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children (Erie)