Mike Karakas

American ice hockey goaltender

Michael George Karakas (December 12, 1911 – May 2, 1992) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. Johnston played 6 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played with the Chicago Black Hawks and the Montreal Canadiens. He was the NHL's first American-born and trained goaltender.[1]

Mike Karakas
Born (1910-11-13)November 13, 1910
Aurora, Minnesota, U.S.
Died May 2, 1992(1992-05-02) (aged 81)
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 147 lb (67 kg; 10 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1935–1946

He won the Stanley Cup with the Black Hawks in the 1937–38 NHL season. During the playoffs, he broke his toe before the start of the Stanley Cup final against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Black Hawks substituted Alfie Moore in the first game. After the first game, Moore was ruled ineligible, and the Black Hawks lost the next game. Karakas returned with a steel-toed boot and he won the next two games which lead to the Black Hawks winning their second Stanley Cup win.[2]

In 1973, he was named as an original member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in his hometown of Eveleth.[3]


  1. Allen, Kevin; Duff, Bob; Bower, Johnny (2002). Without Fear: Hockey's 50 greatest goaltenders. Chicago: Triumph Books. p. 223. ISBN 978-1-57243-484-4.
  2. Pincus, Arthur (2006). The Official Illustrated NHL History. Montreal: Reader's Digest. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-88850-800-3.
  3. "Our Enshrinees". United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2014-03-15.

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