Mike Krushelnyski didn’t begin his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers and he, most famously, didn’t end it with the Oilers either. What he did do was make the most of his time here, sipping champagne three times from the Stanley Cup in the four seasons, a span of just 290 regular season games and 68 more in the playoffs, he wore the Oil Drop.
Krushelnyski arrived in Edmonton by way of the trade that sent Ken Linseman to the Boston Bruins. He left Edmonton in the blockbuster deal that still stands as the biggest swap in the history of the NHL – he and Marty McSorley accompanied Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles in the Aug. 9, 1988 sale to the Kings that landed the Oilers Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, a bunch of draft picks and $15 million. In between, the big forward teammates called Krusher was a helluva player here.
Mike Krushelnyski
Center — shoots L
Born Apr 27 1960 — Montreal, PQ
Height 6.02 — Weight 200 [188 cm/91 kg]
Drafted by Boston Bruins
Round 6 #120 overall 1979 NHL Entry Draft

BY THE NUMBERS

Season
Age
Tm
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
SH
S
S%
1981-82
21
17
3
3
6
0
2
0
19
15.8
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1982-83
22
79
23
42
65
38
43
1
153
15.0
1983-84
23
66
25
20
45
9
55
1
152
16.4
1984-85
24
80
43
45
88
56
60
1
187
23.0
1985-86
25
54
16
24
40
11
22
0
98
16.3
1986-87
26
80
16
35
51
26
67
2
89
18.0
1987-88
27
76
20
27
47
26
64
1
124
16.1
1988-89
28
78
26
36
62
9
110
0
143
18.2
1989-90
29
63
16
25
41
7
50
2
101
15.8
1990-91
30
TOT
74
18
27
45
1
58
0
109
16.5
1990-91
30
15
1
5
6
7
10
0
11
9.1
1990-91
30
59
17
22
39
-6
48
0
98
17.3
1991-92
31
72
9
15
24
-5
72
2
100
9.0
1992-93
32
84
19
20
39
3
62
1
130
14.6
1993-94
33
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54
5
6
11
-5
28
0
71
7.0
1994-95
34
20
2
3
5
3
6
0
20
10.0
4 yrs
EDM
290
95
131
226
119
213
4
498
19.1
4 yrs
TOR
269
50
63
113
-13
210
3
399
12.5
3 yrs
BOS
162
51
65
116
47
100
2
324
15.7
3 yrs
LAK
156
43
66
109
23
170
2
255
16.9
1 yr
DET
20
2
3
5
3
6
0
20
10.0
Career
897
241
328
569
179
699
11
1496
16.1
PLAYOFFS
Season
Age
Tm
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
S
S%
1981-82
21
1
0
0
0
2
1982-83
22
17
8
6
14
12
1983-84
23
2
0
0
0
1
0
2
0.0
1984-85
24
18
5
8
13
9
22
37
13.5
1985-86
25
10
4
5
9
3
16
15
26.7
1986-87
26
21
3
4
7
4
18
29
10.3
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1987-88
27
19
4
6
10
4
12
18
22.2
1988-89
28
11
1
4
5
-7
4
21
4.8
1989-90
29
10
1
3
4
0
12
16
6.3
1992-93
32
16
3
7
10
4
8
29
10.3
1993-94
33
6
0
0
0
-2
0
4
0.0
1994-95
34
8
0
0
0
1
0
1
0.0
Career
139
29
43
72
17
106
172
12.2

NOTABLE

Fate and owner Peter Pocklington’s crumbling financial empire dictated that Krushelnyski wasn’t here for a long time, but there’s no doubt he was here for a good time. The six-foot-two, 200-pound native of Montreal was a member of Edmonton’s Stanley Cup teams in 1985, 1987 and 1988 after arriving from Boston in June of 1984.
Krushelnyski, who could play either centre or wing, didn’t waste any time endearing himself to Oiler fans, enjoying the best season of his career with 43-45-88 in his first year here. He spent most of his time playing wing on a line with Gretzky and Jari Kurri. Despite those big numbers, Glen Sather didn’t see him as a fit with No. 99, bumping him down the line-up in subsequent seasons.
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While Krushelnyski’s regular season numbers dropped off, his effectiveness as a playoff performer was consistently top-notch. In the 1985 playoffs, Krushelnyski produced 13 points in 18 games. He had nine points in 10 games in 1986. All told, Krushelnyski produced 39 points in the 68 post-season games he played with the Oilers – the majority of them spent as a third-liner.

THE STORY

Even when rumors of the Gretzky sale to Los Angeles began to swirl behind the scenes in the days leading up to the big deal on Aug. 9, Krushelnyski didn’t put any stock in in the talk. He never saw it coming, or at least he never thought he’d be a part of the swap. When asked if he had any inkling he would be involved, Krushelnyski laughed off the possibility.
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“Not at all,” he said. “I think I was with a reporter a couple days earlier, and they were mentioning, ‘Well, what do you think of the trade?’ and I’m like, ‘What are you, nuts? You can’t trade Wayne Gretzky.’ And lo and behold, two days later, my agent calls me, and it looks like we’re off to L.A.” The Great One, McSorley and Krushelnyski were dealt to Tinseltown.
Krushelnyski never replicated the personal and team success he had in Edmonton with Gretzky and the Kings or in stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings (he won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings as an assistant coach in 1998). Here is where he was most productive and most successful. Four seasons. Three Cup rings. Thanks for coming, Krush.
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