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Mike Rathje
   
Sweater #: 2
Position: Defense
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 235
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: May 11, 1974
Birthplace: Mannville, Alberta, Canada
Acquired: Drafted in 1992 (1st Round, 3rd Overall)

     
HISTORY
The Sharks selected Mike in the first round (third overall) of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft after playing two seasons for Medicine Hat of the WHL. Mike played there for three before making the jump to the Kansas City Blades (IHL) in 1993. In 1990-91, he scored a goal and 16 assists.

He was named the team's Most Improved Player in 1991-92, after scoring 11 goals and 23 assists and being named to the WHL East Division Second All-Star Team. Mike was named to the WHL East Second All-Star Team as well as the CHL Second All-Star Team in 1992-93, after scoring 12 goals and 37 assists.

After making the switch to Kansas City, Mike played in five playoff games for the Blades at the end of the 1993 season. He also represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in 1993, where he won a gold medal.

In 1993-94, he played 47 games with the Sharks, scoring a goal and nine assists. He spent his first full season in the NHL during 1994-95, scoring two goals and seven assists in 42 games. He got his first taste of NHL playoff hockey that year, appearing in a single game of the Sharks

Mike split time between San Jose and Kansas City during the 1995-96 season. Mike saw action in 27 games with San Jose, notching seven assists. He posted three goals, 12 assists (15 points) during the 1996-97 season in 81 games. In 1998-99, Mike was one of two Sharks to play in all 82 games. During the season he scored five goals and nine assists. During the 1999-2000 season, Mike played 66 games, yet posted career highs in scoring, recording two goals and 14 assists.

Mike was a member of Canada's Under-18 National Team that competed in Japan in 1991. His nickname is "Rat".

SCOUTING REPORT
Rathje established his physical presence in 99-2000 and is regarded as one of the toughest defensemen to move. Isn't particularly quick, but his game is geared for a stay at home type style of play. Is best when partnered with an offensive minded defenseman, in order to establish balance.

Will play fundamental hockey, not flashy. Has a low shot tailored for screened goaltenders.

AWARDS and RECOGNITION
Sharks Iron Man Award (1999)
Gold Medal - World Junior Championships (1993)
WHL All Star - 2nd Team (1993, 1994)

REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Medicine Hat WHL 64 1 16 17 28
1991-92 Medicine Hat WHL 67 11 23 34 109
1992-93 Medicine Hat WHL 57 12 37 49 103
1992-93 Kansas City IHL 5 0 0 0 12
1993-94 San Jose NHL 47 1 9 10 59
1993-94 Kansas City IHL 6 0 2 2 0
1994-95 Kansas City IHL 6 0 1 1 7
1994-95 San Jose NHL 42 2 7 9 29
1995-96 Kansas City IHL 36 6 11 17 34
1995-96 San Jose NHL 27 0 7 7 14
1996-97 San Jose NHL 31 0 8 8 21
1997-98 San Jose NHL 81 3 12 15 59
1998-99 San Jose NHL 82 5 9 14 36
1999-00 San Jose NHL 66 2 14 16 31
2000-01 San Jose NHL 81 0 11 11 48
2001-02 San Jose NHL 52 5 12 17 48
NHL Total   509 18 89 107 345
PLAYOFF STATISTICS
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Medicine Hat WHL 12 0 4 4 2
1991-92 Medicine Hat WHL 4 0 1 1 2
1992-93 Medicine Hat WHL 10 3 3 6 12
1993-94 San Jose NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1994-95 San Jose NHL 11 5 2 7 4
1997-98 San Jose NHL 6 1 0 1 6
1998-99 San Jose NHL 6 0 0 0 4
1999-00 San Jose NHL 12 1 3 4 8
2000-01 San Jose NHL 6 0 1 1 4
2001-02 San Jose NHL 12 1 3 4 6
NHL Total 54 8 9 17 32



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