Mike Karakas

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Born December 12, 1911 in Aurora, Minnesota, USA
Height: 5’11”  Weight: 160 bs

A “Class of 1963” charter inductee, “Iron Mike” Karakas grew up as a baseball battery mate with another Reds Hall of Famer, Frank Brimsek. He was the first American-born goalie to star in the NHL.

Mike compiled a 110-132-28 record and a 3.66 GAA in 270 games played over 5 seasons with the Reds from 1939-1944 and 1946-1947, backstopping the Reds to their Calder Cup championship in the 1939-1940 campaign.

During his six-year NHL career from 1935-1940, Karakas’ brilliance was reflected in a sparkling 2.92 GAA and a 114-169-53 record in 336 games. He won the league’s rookie of the year Calder Trophy in 1936 and the led the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup the following year.

Ten years after is Reds Hall of Fame induction, he was further honored with enshrinement as a charter member into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

PLAYING STATISTICS

 

RS SCORING RS GOALIE STATS PO SCORING

Season

Team

Lge

GP

PIM

Min

GA

EN

SO

GAA

W

L

T

GP A

PIM

1930-31

Chicago Shamrocks

AHA

47 0   98 0 0 2.09
1931-32 Chicago Shamrocks

AHA

48 0   72 0 0 1.60
1932-33 St. Louis Flyers

AHA

44 0   88 0 0 2.00            
1933-34 Tulsa Indians / Oilers

AHA

48 2   110 0 0 2.29            
1934-35 Tulsa Oilers

AHA

41 0 2640 77 0 4 1.75 20 17 4      
1935-36 Chicago Blackhawks

NHL

48 0 2990 72 0 9 1.85 21 19 8 2 0 0
1936-37 Chicago Blackhawks

NHL

48 2 2978 131 0 5 2.64 14 27 7      
1937-38 Chicago Blackhawks

NHL

48 0 2980 139 0 1 2.80 14 25 9 8 0 0
1938-39 Chicago Blackhawks

NHL

48 2 2988 132 0 5 2.65 12 28 8      
1939-40 Montreal Canadiens

NHL

4 0 310 18 0 0 3.48 0 4 1      
1939-40 Chicago Blackhawks

NHL

17 0 1050 58 0 0 3.31 7 9 1      
1939-40 Providence Reds

AHL

14 0   43 0 1 3.07       8 0 0
1940-41 Providence Reds

AHL

56 0   161 0 0 2.87       4 0 0
1941-42 Providence Reds

AHL

0 0   244 0 1 4.28
1941-42 New Haven Eagles AHL 0 0   0 0 0 0.00
1942-43 Providence Reds AHL 56 0   216 0 2 3.86 2 0 0
1943-44 Providence Reds AHL 25 0   85 0 0 3.40
1943-44 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 26 0 1560 79 0 3 3.04 12 9 5 9 0 0
1944-45 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 0 2880 187 0 4 3.90 12 29 7
1945-46 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 5 2880 166 0 1 3.46 22 19 7 4 0 0
1946-47 Providence Reds AHL 62 0        
1947-48 Providence Reds AHL 2 0   7 0 0 3.50

Mike Karakas
Goalie

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