Mike Rathje a.k.a. "Michael Steven Rathje"
Player Facts
  • Position
    D
  • Height
    6'5" / 196 cm
  • Weight
    236 lbs / 107 kg
  • Shoots
    L
  • Status
    Retired

Rathje was a skilled defensive-minded rearguard. He was a huge piece of business and used his tremendous reach effectively. With the Sharks, he often played on the same pairing as Marcus Ragnarsson.

He was not typical blue line big man. He had no mean streak and he was never going put a guy into the first row with thunderous bodychecks. He was very strong, able to handle top power forwards. But the strength of his game was his surprising skating ability, blessed with mobility and a burst of speed. Combined with excellent positioning Rathje could keep up with the top speedsters. Unfortunately, Rathje's career was cut short by chronic hip and back problems. He never officially retired and spent 2007 to 2010 on the Flyers' long-term injured reserve list.

Fans expected him to kill people because of his size and presence on the ice., Dan Rusanowsky 2010
I really had to sacrifice in order to get into good condition — (time with) family, friends, everything. But eventually the work did pay off, Mike Rathje 2010
He was always in position and incredibly hard to move or get around., Dan Rusanowsky 2010
You should only focus on what you can control. The skills follow once you can get control of your head., Mike Rathje 2010
Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1989-90 Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL 33 6 11 17 30 | Playoffs 6 1 1 2 2
1990-91 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 64 1 16 17 28 | Playoffs 12 0 4 4 2
1991-92 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 67 11 23 34 99 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1 2
1992-93 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 57 2 37 49 103 | Playoffs 10 3 3 6 12
Kansas City Blades IHL 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0 12 -3
Canada U20 WJC-20 7 2 2 4 14 -1 |
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 47 1 9 10 59 -9 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0 1
Kansas City Blades IHL 6 0 2 2 0 -4 |
1994-95 San Jose Sharks NHL 42 2 7 9 29 -1 | Playoffs 11 5 2 7 4 -15
Kansas City Blades IHL 6 0 1 1 7 -3 |
1995-96 San Jose Sharks NHL 27 0 7 7 14 -16 |
Kansas City Blades IHL 36 6 11 17 34 3 |
1996-97 San Jose Sharks NHL 31 0 8 8 21 -1 |
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 3 12 15 59 -4 | Playoffs 6 1 0 1 6 -3
1998-99 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 5 9 14 36 15 | Playoffs 6 0 0 0 4 -6
1999-00 San Jose Sharks NHL 66 2 14 16 31 -2 | Playoffs 12 1 3 4 8 1
2000-01 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 0 11 11 48 7 | Playoffs 6 0 1 1 4 2
2001-02 San Jose Sharks NHL 52 5 12 17 48 23 | Playoffs 12 1 3 4 6 5
2002-03 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 7 22 29 48 -19 |
2003-04 San Jose Sharks NHL 80 2 17 19 46 18 | Playoffs 17 1 5 6 13 1
2004-05 Did not play |
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 3 21 24 46 22 | Playoffs 6 0 0 0 6 -1
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 0 1 1 6 -7 |
2007-08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 0 0 0 0 0 |
2008-09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 0 0 0 0 0 |
2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 0 0 0 0 0 |
Player Career Totals
League GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AJHL 33 6 11 17 0.52 30 0 | 6 1 1 2 0.33 2 0
IHL 48 6 14 20 0.42 41 -4 | 5 0 0 0 0.00 12 -3
NHL 768 30 150 180 0.23 491 26 | 77 9 14 23 0.30 51 -15
WHL 188 14 76 100 0.53 230 0 | 26 3 8 11 0.42 16 0
WJC-20 7 2 2 4 0.57 14 -1 |
Career Highlights
Season
Awards by season
Media and Articles
Date Article Website
08/20/2010 Then and Now: Mike Rathje nhl.com
10/07/2006 Philadelphia Flyers defencman Mike Rathje sidelined by herniated disc thehockeynews.com
Player Biography and Trivia

Cult/Star player for San Jose Sharks

Career transactions
- 1992-06-20 • Selected 3rd overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks
- 2005-08-02 • Signed to a five-year contract by the Phildelphia Flyers

• Missed majority of 1996-97 due to groin injury vs. Dallas Stars, 1996-11-08
• Missed majority of 2006-07 due to a back injury
• Missed entire 2007-08 due to a groin injury


After retiring, he remained near San Jose and invested in several restaurants. He also invested in a trucking company servicing Alberta's oil fields.