Mike Rogers didn't waste time making an impact in the WHA, scoring 35 goals, 48 assists and 83 points as a rookie in 1974-75. He also won the Paul Daneau Trophy as the WHA's most gentlemanly player after picking up only one minor penalty all season long!
According to Whalers teammate Gordie Howe: "Mike could do it all. He was quick as a cat and very strong for his size. And he could play all night!"
After an excellent WHA career, Rogers burst on to the NHL scene with 105 points in his first two NHL seasons ('79-'80 and '80-'81) and was named team captain.
All of this earned him the right to be traded the next season to the New York Rangers, for whom he compiled 103 points in 1982-83.
Only four players recorded 100-plus points in their first three NHL seasons: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Peter Stastny and Mike Rogers.
That's pretty good company for "Mighty" Mike Rogers -- an important part of Whalers history.