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Mike Stapleton

Mike Stapleton  #9

Center
NUMBER: 9 BIRTHDATE: May 5, 1966
HEIGHT: 5' 10" BIRTHPLACE: Sarnia, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 183 DRAFTED: CHI / 1984 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 7th   (132nd overall)
Son of Pat Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, September 30, 1992. Claimed on waivers by Edmonton from Pittsburgh, February 19, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, August 18, 1995. Transferred to Phoenix after Winnipeg franchise relocated, July 1, 1996. Claimed by Atlanta from Phoenix in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 3, 2000. Traded to Vancouver by NY Islanders for Vancouver's 9th round choice (later traded to Washington Washington selected Robert Muller) in 2001 Entry Draft, December 28, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Espoo (Finland), October 23, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Leksands IF (Sweden), November 11, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Tappara Tampere (Finland), January 12, 2004.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round