Detroit Red Wings
Eddie Mio
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POSITION: Goaltender
HEIGHT: 5' 10"
CATCHES:
WEIGHT: 180
BIRTHDATE: 01/31/1954
BIRTHPLACE: Windsor, ON, CAN
DRAFTED: CHI: 1974-124 overall
WCHA Second All-Star Team (1975) NCAA West First All-American Team (1975, 1976) WCHA First All-Star Team (1976) Selected by Vancouver (WHA) in 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, May, 1974. Signed as a free agent by Birmingham (WHA) after Calgary (WHA) franchise folded, May 31, 1977. Traded to Indianapolis (WHA) by Birmingham (WHA) for cash, February, 1978. NHL rights traded to Minnesota by Chicago with future considerations (Pierre Plante, May 4, 1978) for Doug Hicks and Minnesota's 3rd round choice (Marcel Frere) in 1980 Entry Draft, March 14, 1978. Traded to Edmonton (WHA) by Indianapolis (WHA) with Wayne Gretzky and Peter Driscoll for $700,000 and future considerations, November 2, 1978. Reclaimed by Minnesota from Edmonton prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Claimed as priority selection by Edmonton, June 9, 1979. Traded to NY Rangers by Edmonton for Lance Nethery, December 11, 1981. Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers with Ron Duguay and Eddie Johnstone for Willie Huber, Mike Blaisdell and Mark Osborne, June 13, 1983.
Eddie Mio put himself on the map of professional hockey when he agreed to attend Colorado College from 1972-76. During that time, he established himself as a standout, winning first- and second-team all-star awards and making the NCAA West first all-American team two years in a row.

In 1974, the NHL's Blackhawks and the Blazers of the WHA drafted him. He played for neither club, wending his way instead through the minor leagues with Tidewater, Erie, and Hampton until he surfaced with the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA.

With the Racers, Mio's goaltending was rough, but the most meaningful event of his career occurred when he befriended his life-long pal, Wayne Gretzky. Shortly after their meeting, the two were lumped together with Peter Driscoll and put on a plane bound for Edmonton to join the Oilers.

In Alberta, Mio got his first NHL action during the days of the Oilers' transition from an old WHA club to a young, highly talented lineup that included Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe, Gretzky, Glenn Anderson and Paul Coffey. Mio had his first winning season in 1980-81 before being traded to the Rangers.

In New York, Mio backstopped the Rangers for two seasons before rounding out his career with the Red Wings in 1985-86.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame