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Up to date as of February 02, 2010

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Position Centre
Shot Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
175 lb (80 kg)
Teams Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Minnesota Fighting Saints (WHA)
Vancouver Canucks
St. Louis Blues
Chicago Black Hawks
Nationality CAN
Born January 3 1945 (1945-01-03) (age 65),
Kirkland Lake, ON, CAN
Pro Career 1966 – 1979


Michael Robert "Shakey" Walton (born January 3, 1945 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional player in the National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA). He was a forward with explosive offensive skills who made up for his lack of size with blazing speed and superior puckhandling.

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Formative years

Walton was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, but his family settled just north of Toronto in Sutton, He inherited his nickname "Shakey" from his father Bobby, who, as a hockey player in England. would shake his head to throw off opponents.

He spent each of his first two years of junior hockey with the only champions in the Metro Toronto Junior A League's brief history. He first played for the St. Michael's Majors. When the Majors' famous hockey program was discontinued after the 1961–62 season, Walton and the rest of the players were transferred to Neil McNeil Maroons, where he scored 22 goals in 38 games in 1962–63.

Toronto Maple Leafs

He then joined the Toronto Marlboros, where he was the club's second leading scorer with 92 points (41 goals, 51 assists) in 53 games, while helping them win the league championship and Memorial Cup in 1963-64. He then earned back-to-back minor league Rookie of the Year honors, first with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Professional Hockey League (CPHL) in 1965, then with the Calder Cup-winning Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 1966.

Walton made his Leafs debut in 1965–66, appearing in only six matches. He established himself on the veteran-dominated team midway through the next campaign. Working exclusively on powerplay situations, he scored four goals with three assists while playing in all twelve games of Toronto's postseason run to the 1967 Stanley Cup Championship. He was the club's leading scorer with 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) in 1967–68, his first full season in the league and most productive with the Leafs.

His time with the Leafs was marred by constant conflict with head coach Punch Imlach and team president Stafford Smythe. Prior to his dismissal in April 1969, the domineering Imlach, disdainful of younger players, clashed with Walton over hairstyle, bombarded him with negative comments about his on-ice performance and threw him into the doghouse. Smythe just simply hated him for having as his agent Alan Eagleson, who helped establish the NHL Players' Association. Further complicating matters was the fact that Walton was married to Smythe's niece. When an independent psychiatrist appointed by the NHL diagnosed him with depression in the middle of the 1970–71 season, Walton's departure from the Leafs was imminent.

Boston Bruins

Walton was traded twice on February 1, 1971. He was first dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers with Bruce Gamble and the Leafs' first-round choice in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft (Pierre Plante) for Bernie Parent and the Flyers' second-round pick in the same draft (Rick Kehoe). He was then acquired by the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins for Rick MacLeish and Danny Schock.

He blended in well with the Bruins' prolific scorers led by Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr, his business partner at the time with the Orr-Walton Sports Camp in Orillia, Ontario. He became a part of his second Stanley Cup Championship when the Bruins defeated the New York Rangers in the 1972 Finals.

He was injured in a bizarre accident in the middle of the 1972–73 season when he tripped and fell through a plate glass door at a St. Louis hotel. Despite needing over 200 stitches and a complete blood transfusion after losing five pints of blood, he made a complete recovery.

Minnesota Fighting Saints (WHA)

The upstart World Hockey Association, attempting to lure talent away from the established league, conducted its General Player Draft on February 12, 1972 to evenly distribute amongst its franchises NHL players with expiring contracts. Even though still under contract with the Bruins, Walton was selected by the Los Angeles Sharks. His WHA rights were traded in June 1973 to the Minnesota Fighting Saints, who succeeded in signing him to a three-year deal worth $450,000.

He made an immediate impact as the WHA's leading scorer with a career-high 117 points (57 goals, 60 assists) in 1973–74. He continued as the team's top scorer for the next two seasons, but left the team on Feb. 25, 1976, three days before financial problems forced the Fighting Saints to cease operations.

He also played for Team Canada when it lost the 1974 Summit Series to the Soviet Union 1–4–3. Observers considered his performance to be the biggest disappointment in the series.

End of a career

Walton returned to the NHL to finish his 1975–76 campaign, but it wasn't with the Bruins. Two years earlier on February 7, 1974, they had traded his NHL rights, along with Chris Oddleifson and Fred O'Donnell, to the Vancouver Canucks for Bobby Schmautz. Even though his 66 points (29 goals, 37 assists) in 1977–78 led the Canucks and were the best numbers in his NHL career, he was still dealt to the St. Louis Blues on June 12, 1978. His subsequent season was split between the Blues, Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and the latter two's AHL affiliates. His final year of professional hockey in 1979–80 was spent with Kölner EC of the 1. Bundesliga in West Germany.

Awards

  • 1964 J. Ross Robertson Cup Championship (OHA) – Toronto Marlboros
  • 1964 Memorial Cup Championship – Toronto Marlboros
  • 1965 Ken McKenzie Trophy (Rookie of the Year - CPHL) – Tulsa Oilers
  • 1966 Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year - AHL) – Rochester Americans
  • 1966 Calder Cup Championship (AHL) – Rochester Americans
  • 1967 Stanley Cup Championship – Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1968 NHL All Star – Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1972 Stanley Cup Championship – Boston Bruins
  • 1974 Bill Hunter Trophy (Scoring Leader - WHA) – Minnesota Fighting Saints

External links

  • Mike Robert Walton – Legends of Hockey.
  • Mike Walton's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Shakey Walton – Joe Pelletier's Greatest Hockey Legends.com.
  • Picture of Mike Walton's Name on the 1967 Stanley Cup Plaque

Bibliography

  • Cox, Damien & Stellick, Gord. '67: The Maple Leafs, Their Sensational Victory, and The End of an Empire. Toronto, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada Ltd., 2004.
  • Leonetti, Mike & Barkley, Harold. The Game We Knew: Hockey in the Sixties. Vancouver, BC: Raincoast Books, 1998.
  • Willes, Ed. The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 2004.
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Lostpedia

Up to date as of February 07, 2010

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Mike "Big Mike" Walton is a police officer, and later detective, for the LAPD and the partner of Ana Lucia Cortez before she quit the force.

Ana Lucia's partner

After being put back on the force by her mother, Teresa Cortez, Ana Lucia was assigned to a patrol car with fellow officer "Big Mike". Mike told Ana Lucia he heard about Danny breaking up with her, questioning whether she wanted him to "go kick his ass" for her.

Under orders from Ana Lucia's mother, Mike drove to Westwood, "a nice safe neighborhood". Ana Lucia was not satisfied, however, and proceeded to respond to a domestic disturbance call against his wishes. The incident involved a man named Travis who was trying to take a TV Shawna (his apparent girlfriend) claimed was hers. Ana pointed her gun at Travis, but was subsequently told by Big Mike to holster her weapon when she did not respond to "Officer Cortez." Returning back to headquarters, Ana Lucia and her partner began a discussion about her non-compliance; although it was cut short when Ana Lucia found out that Jason McCormack had been caught. ("Collision")

After the rescue of the Oceanic Six

Sometime after working as Ana Lucia's partner, Big Mike was promoted to detective with the LAPD. After Hurley was arrested following a police pursuit, Big Mike conducted the questioning of Hurley at the police station. He accused Hurley of using his celebrity status as one of the Oceanic 6 as an excuse to break the law. Big Mike told Hurley that his former partner Ana Lucia had been on Oceanic Flight 815, and asked Hurley if he had met her on the plane; Hurley lied and claimed never to have heard of her. Big Mike left the interrogation room to get a doughnut, but returned when he heard Hurley screaming, apparently at nothing. He threatened to re-institutionalize Hurley, prompting Hurley to beg for such an outcome and thank Big Mike. ("The Beginning of the End")

Trivia

  • Mike's name is combination on the names of Michael and Walt.
  • When interrogating Hurley, Mike describes Ana Lucia as "gorgeous", possibly implying that he had some feelings toward her.

This article uses material from the "Mike Walton" article on the Lostpedia wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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