The Summit in 1974

Club 1974:
Minnesota Fighting Saints

Mike Walton
# 4, Team CANADA 1974

Club: Minnesota Fighting Saints
Position: C  Shoots: Left
Height: 5-10 Weight: 175
Born: 1/3/1945 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario

Mike "Shakey" Walton was truly one of the most enigmatic characters in the history of professional hockey. He excelled at every level of hockey, on his way to the NHL and was named rookie of the year in both the Central Professional Hockey League and American Hockey League. He joined the Toronto Maple Leafs on a full time basis in 1966-67 helping them win the last Stanley Cup in that franchises' history. The following year he scored 30 goals and was widely considered to be among the finest young forwards in the game. His play fell off after that and he developed the reputation of being moody, streaky and very difficult to coach. He "quit" the Maple Leafs in 1970-71 and demanded a trade. He was sent to the Boston Bruins where he played fairly well in "spurts" and was a big reason why they won the 1972 Stanley Cup. The talk around the NHL about Walton was this; Mike was an outstanding skater, with a good shot, and was possibly the finest forward on a break away in the game. However he was very "streaky." When he "was hot" he was among the finest players in the sport. When he was "cold" or unmotivated he was worse then bad. And there was "no in-between" with Mike. Either he was on or he was off.

In the summer of 1973 Walton jumped to the WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints. He blossomed in Minnesota scoring 57 goals and adding 60 assists in the 1973-74 season to lead the WHA. When Team Canada 74 was being chosen he was a natural choice. The only concern Billy Harris had was, which Mike Walton would show up? The Walton who had torn the WHA apart in 1973-74 or the moody, indifferent man who had worn out his welcome in Toronto and to a lesser extent Boston?

Unfortunately for Team Canada it was the second Mike Walton who showed up. He appeared uninterested during training camp, played well in Game 1 (picking up an assist) and then "vanished." By the end of Game 5 his play was so bad it appeared he had given up and Harris pulled him out of the lineup. He did return for Game 8. "Shakey" was probably the biggest single disappointment for Team Canada in the Summit.


  Career Statistics
Competitions GP G A PTS PIM
NHL Reg. Season 588 201 247 448 357
NHL Playoffs 47 14 10 24 45
WHA Reg. Season 211 136 145 281 148
WHA Playoffs 23 20 15 35 26


- Played in the professional hockey leagues: 1966-79
- Pro hockey clubs:
NHL: Toronto, Boston, Vancouver, St. Louis, Chicago; WHA: Minnesota
- WHA awards:
Bill Hunter Trophy (Scoring Leader) 1974
WHA All Star (2nd Team) 1974


GP Goals Assists Points PIM
6 0 1 1 2

  Scoring History
Game 1212:07AssistPPG

  Penalties History
Game 3109:16tripping




The Summit in 1974