The resurgence of the Leafs during their memorable playoff runs in 1993 and 1994 can be pinned on a strong leadership group of veteran players. Mike Krushelnyski's versatility and experience made him a valuable member of the group.
The centreman provided outstanding special-team play and timely offence. He was the only Leaf to play in all 84 regular season games in 1992-93 as they team improved by 32 points from the year before. Krushelnyski contributed six powerplay goals, two shorthanded goals and three game-winning goals while compiling a plus 3. He added three goals and seven assists in the 1993 Playoffs as the club advanced to the conference final versus Los Angeles. He registered a goal and an assist in Game Seven against the Blues prior to the Kings' series.
Overall with Toronto, 'Kruiser' recorded 50 goals, 63 assists, 113 points and 210 penalty minutes in 269 regular season games from 1990-91 to 1993-94.
Leafs General Manager Floyd Smith obtained the rangy forward from the Kings in exchange for John McIntyre on November 9, 1990 in what became a lesser known trade of Krushelnyski's career. He actually went from Edmonton to Los Angeles, along with Marty McSorley, in the monumental deal that saw Wayne Gretzky go to the west coast on August 9, 1988.
Selected 120th overall in the 1979 NHL Draft by Boston, Krushelnyski played in 897 career games with the Bruins, Oilers, Kings, Leafs and Red Wings. The native of Montreal, Quebec completed his career with 241 goals, 328 assists and 569 points. Another 139 career NHL playoff games followed. He had five 20-goal seasons and his most productive NHL campaign was in 1984-85 with Edmonton. That season he picked up 88 points (43g, 45a) in 80 games.
Krushelnyski was a Stanley Cup champion in 1985, 1987 and 1988 with the Edmonton Oilers.