One of the many talented Ukrainian athletes to come out of Winnipeg, Nick Mickoski was at ease with a hockey stick or swinging the golf sticks.
Born in Winnipeg in 1927, Mickoski played junior hockey for CUAC and St. James Orioles in Winnipeg and for St. Catharines of the OHA. Mickoski, 6’ 1” and 183 lbs. had size and also speed. Between 1947 and 1960, the man they called “Broadway Nick,” and “Galloping Nick,” appeared in 703 NHL games with New York Rangers, Chicago, Detroit and Boston. He recorded 158 goals and 185 assists for 343 points. That would have been a fine career but Mickoski was not ready to call it a day. He played six more seasons in the minors with Providence Reds, Winnipeg Warriors and San Francisco Seals. The Seals won the WHL championship in 1962-63 with Mickoski finishing second in league scoring with 95 points. After a year coaching the Seals, Mickoski played three seasons of senior hockey with Grand Falls, Newfoundland, chalking up a healthy 218 points. He went on to be the last coach of the Winnipeg Junior Jets and the first coach of the WHA Jets.
On the golf course, Mickoski won the Manitoba Amateur championship in 1966 and represented Manitoba on the Willingdon Cup team that year and in 1967. In senior golf, Nick took the Manitoba title in 1983 and represented the province at the Canadian Senior Championship in 1983, 1984 and 1986. He won the Harold Eidsvig Trophy as low amateur in the Manitoba Open in 1962, 1964 and 1968. He was a two-time winner of the Grey Owl event played at Clear Lake.
Mickoski is a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and twice was named Manitoba Ukrainian Sportsman of the Year by the St. Nicholas Men’s Club. Nick Mickoski died on March 13, 2002.
d. March 13, 2002