Michael is a homegrown kid from Hazelwood. His father got him on the ice when he was 6 years old doing public sessions and stick and puck at the old Winterland Ice Arena.
He started his career with the Rainbow Rockets, under Coach Bill Diel, and then moved on to Delta where both personal and team success began under the guidance of fellow Hall of Famer Don Moorhouse (HOF 2009).
With Delta, Michael and is teammates won many tournaments and state championships. With the Creve Coeur Comets, while playing at Nationals both his years in Midgets, Michael was noticed and drafted by the Verdun Jr Canadians in 1984. With Verdun, Michael played alongside Jimmy Carson and Claude Lemieux as they won the President's Cup and played in the Memorial Cup.
Also in 1984, Michael had two of his greatest successes. He helped Hazelwood East win their only hockey state championship beating both CBC and Desmet along the way. He also attended the USA midget Elite Camp in Colorado Springs.
In 1987 Michael was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings 137th overall. He attended 4 Detroit Red Wings camps, and his biggest success was in 1989 with the Adirondack Red Wings. He was part of the team that won the AHL Calder Cup.
After his playing career, Michael was blessed with two beautiful daughters Hannah and Jayne. He also donated his time to youth hockey where he coached several youth hockey clubs and AAA programs.
While coaching he passed along his ability and knowledge of excelling and competitiveness, taking a St. Peters team to Fargo, North Dakota, winning the Squirt International.
In 2005, coaching the 1990 AAA Blues, they won the National Championship.
Michael is in the sales department with Pundmann Ford in St Charles, MO.