|Born:||June 8, 1982||Draft:||2001 Kings #49 Overall|
|Hometown:||Richmond Hill, ON||Position:||C/W|
|National Team:||Canada||Current Status:||Retired|
Michael Anthony Cammalleri (born June 8, 1982) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for five different teams. He was selected in the second round, 49th overall, by the Los Angeles Kings at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Cammalleri made his NHL debut with the Kings in 2002. In September 2007, he scored the first regular season goal ever scored in a NHL game played in Europe. After playing with the Calgary Flames for one season in 2008–09, he joined the Montreal Canadiens, with whom he scored the 20,000th goal in franchise history in 2009 and tied a franchise record for goals in one playoff series in 2010.
He returned to the Flames in 2012 following an unusual transaction in which he was traded in the middle of a game. After the expiry of his contract in 2014, Cammalleri signed a five-year contract with the New Jersey Devils, but was bought-out just three years into the deal. In the subsequent free agency period, he signed a one-year contract to return to the Kings, opting for a second tenure with a team for the second time in his career.
Representing Canada internationally on four occasions, Cammalleri won bronze and silver medals at the 2001 and 2002 World Junior Championships respectively. He was named the tournament’s best forward in 2002. He won a gold medal at the 2007 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships. An all-star in college and the American Hockey League, Cammalleri played in the “Cold War”, an outdoor game that set a then world attendance record in 2001. He has also been recognized for his involvement in charitable efforts supporting children and the military.
Mike Cammalleri Statistics
- Top 3 Montreal Canadiens Playoff Performances Since 2000
- Remembering the Montreal Canadiens’ 2010 Playoff Run
- World Championship Gold Medal (2007)
- AHL All-Star Game (2005)
- AHL Most Goals (Willie Marshall Award) (46) (2005)
- AHL Second All-Star Team (2005)
- NCAA (CCHA) Champion (2002)
- NCAA (CCHA) Second All-Star Team (2002)
- NCAA (CCHA) Tournament MVP (2002)
- NCAA (West) First All-American Team (2002)
- U20 WJC All-Star Team (2002)
- U20 WJC Best Forward (2002)
- U20 WJC Most Valuable Player (2002)
- U20 WJC Silver Medal (2002)
- NCAA (CCHA) First All-Star Team (2001)
- NCAA (West) Second All-American Team (2001)
- U20 WJC Bronze Medal (2001)
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