Memorable Manitobans: Nicholas “Nick” Mickoski (1927-2002)
Hockey player and coach.
Born at Winnipeg on 7 December 1927, in 1947 he began his professional National Hockey League career with the New York Rangers and played with the team until he was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks in 1955, where he remained for four seasons. He was then acquired by the Detroit Red Wings until 1960 season and finished his NHL career with the Boston Bruins.
He then became the player-coach for the San Francisco Seals of the Western Hockey League, winning two championships. He was the first coach of the Winnipeg Jets in the World Hockey Association, serving until the end of the 1974 season. He was inducted to the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and was a member of the Winnipeg Jets Alumni.
A proficient golfer, he was a two-time winner of the Manitoba Amateur Golf Championship, and also won the Manitoba Seniors Golf Championship. He twice received the Ukrainian Sportsman of the Year Award at the St. Nicholas Men’s Club.
He died suddenly on 13 March 2002. He was inducted posthumously (2004) into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his prowess as an athlete.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 March 2002.
“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, pages A8-A9.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 April 2023