Stephen Michalek
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Stephen Michalek

Hometown:

Hartford Connecticut

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-08-06

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2011

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (161st overall), 2011

Weight:

196 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Stephen Michalek earned his first varsity letter for the Loomis-Chaffee School in Connecticut as a sophomore.

2009-10: Michalek was named the Team MVP for the Loomis-Chaffee School and was one of the busiest goalies in the New England Prep School League as the Pelicans finished 3-18 during the season. Michalek was selected to participate in USA Hockey’s Select 17 Festival.

2010-11: Michalek skated for Team USA at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka U18 Tournament in Slovakia before returning to Loomis-Chaffee for his senior season. He started three games for Team USA and in the championship game stopped 23 of 24 shots, allowing only a first period goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, in the USA’s 1-0 loss. In 23 games for Loomis-Chaffee he finished 2-19-2 with a 3.95 GAA and .918 save percentage. Michalek committed to playing college hockey at Harvard and was ranked 5th amongst North American goalies in Central Scouting’s final rankings.

2011-12: Michalek appeared in 24 games for Harvard and was named to the ECAC All-Rookie team as a freshman. He was 7-7-8 with a 3.19 goals against and .894 save percentage. The Crimson finished third in ECAC Hockey and advanced to the ECAC tournament championship game. After getting off to a fast start, Michalek’s play leveled off a bit in the second half and sophomore Raphael Girard handled the goaltending for Harvard in the post-season.

2012-13: Michalek spent the season with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders while serving his academic suspension from Harvard. One of four goalies to see significant action for Cedar Rapids, he was 7-6-3 in 17 games and had a 3.09 goals against and .900 save percentage. The RoughRiders missed the USHL playoffs; finishing sixth in the Eastern Conference.

2013-14: Michalek returned to Harvard after his one year hiatus — splitting time with senior Raphael Girard and playing in 18 games for the Crimson. He was 5-8-2 and had a 2.47 goals against and .921 save percentage. Expected to be one of the top teams in ECAC Hockey following the turbulent 2012-13 season, Harvard finished tied with Dartmouth for 10th in the 12-team league and was swept by Yale in a two-game first round playoff series. 

Talent Analysis

Michalek was a workhorse at the prep level and, after some adversity early in his college career, saw loads of ice time in his third season at Harvard. He is beginning to show the promise that first attracted NHL scouts; using his size well and being very economical in his movements while coming up with big stops when necessary.

Future
Instead of continuing to build on his college career, Steve Michalek was denied eligibility by the NCAA and signed an entry-level contract with the Wild. He and Brody Hoffman will compete for the starting job with the Iowa Wild, as things currently stand, but he could see time in the ECHL as well.

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