2009-10: Michael Kantor started the season with the NAHL’s Albert Lea Thunder, posting five points (2G, 3A) and 108 penalty minutes in 24 games. Signed as a free agent by Saginaw in January, 2010. He went on to tally 12 points in 29 games, along with 71 penalty minutes.
2009-10: Kantor made his OHL debut as a 17-year-old, playing 29 games with Saginaw after starting the year with the NAHL’s Albert Lea Thunder. Kantor scored 4 goals with 8 assists and was +6 with 71 penalty minutes with the Spirit. In Saginaw’s six-game playoff series with Kitchener he had no points and was an even plus/minus with 10 penalty minutes. Kantor posted five points (2G, 3A) with 108 penalty minutes in 24 games for the Thunder before joining Saginaw in January, 2010.
2010-11: Kantor began the year with Saginaw – playing 35 games with the first-place Spirit before being acquired by Sault Ste. Marie in January as part of the deal for defenseman Brandon Archibald. He finished the year with 11 goals and 9 assists in 52 games between the two teams and was -11 with 120 penalty minutes. The Greyhounds missed the OHL playoffs after finishing last in the West Division.
2011-12: Kantor attended the Los Angeles Kings training camp before returning to Sault Ste. Marie for his second full OHL season. He played 34 games for the Greyhounds and was again part of a January trade – going to the Sudbury Wolves. Kantor flourished in an increased role with the Wolves, finishing +11 with 19 points in 26 games. In 60 games between the two clubs he scored 8 goals with 21 assists and was +10 with 60 penalty minutes. Sudbury reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Central Division. Kantor missed the Wolves’ playoff series with Brampton due to injury.
2012-13: Kantor returned to Sudbury for an over-age season and replaced Frank Corrado as a team captain in January after Corrado was traded. Kantor missed time in December with a facial injury and in 56 games he scored 20 goals with 13 assists and was -6; finishing third on the Wolves with 93 penalty minutes. Sudbury was third in the Central Division and reached the second round of the playoffs; avenging the loss to Brampton a year earlier in the first round. Kantor scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -7 with 12 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Rangers in April, 2013.
2013-14: Kantor played 27 games for New York Rangers AHL affiliate Hartford in his first pro season and skated in three games with the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. Playing mostly an energy/enforcer role for the Wolfpack, he was -8 with no points and 113 penalty minutes before suffering a concussion at the end of January and missing the rest of the season. In three games for Greenville he had 3 assists and 12 penalty minutes with an even plus/minus.
2014-15: Kantor missed the majority of the season due to his concussion issues, appearing in one AHL game with Hartford and two games with the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. He had no points and 14 penalty minutes in his only game with the Wolf Pack. Kantor scored his first professional goal with an assist and was +3 in two ECHL games with the Road Warriors.
Kantor is a gritty forward who will fight. Although he has suffered injuries over the last few years, nothing stops him from giving 100-percent effort when he can be out on the ice.
Kantor has missed most of the past two seasons due to an upper body injury, skating in just three games in 2014-15. This season, he appears to be healthy, but likely to play in the ECHL for most, if not all, of the remainder of his ELC.