In a bit of an unorthodox season, I assume due to South Korea hosting the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the Asia League of Hockey reduced its schedule to 28 games per team from 48 for 2017-18. Also, the regular season ended at the end of December and playoffs will not start until March. IceDogs grad Michael Swift led the league with 28 assists and 42 points over 27 games, capturing his 5th scoring title.
Unfortunately, his team, Gangwon High1, was not one of the five teams that qualified for the post season. But, Swift’s hockey season is not over yet. He will be playing for Korea at the upcoming 2018 Olympics.
Michael Swift played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-04 to 2007-08 with the Mississauga / Niagara IceDogs. He was a distant tenth round pick by the IceDogs at the 2003 OHL Priority Selection, 186th overall.
Over his five year, Swift scored 111 and assisted on 172 for 283 points over 276 regular season games. He added 19 points in 20 playoff games. Michael was team captain in his final two years and captured the Leo Lalonde Trophy as the top overage player in 2007-08. That year, he scored 38 and assisted on 62 for 100 points.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Swift saw his first pro action in 2006-07 after the IceDogs were eliminated from the playoffs. He appeared in 12 Central Hockey League post sesaon games that year with the Laredo Bucks.
Since 2008-09, Michael has played in the AHL and ALH. He signed an entry level NHL contract in April, 2008 with the New Jersey Devils organization and was later traded to the San Jose Sharks system in February, 2011. He has been with High1 since 2011-12 and now has dual Canadian / Korean citizenship.
Since 2011-12, Swift has 222 goals and 281 assists for 503 points in 286 regular season ALH games. Besides 2017-18, he also won the scoring title in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2014-15 and 2015-16. He has played internationally for South Korea since 2013-14 and will play for the country at the 2018 Olympics.
In the shortened 2017-18 season, Michael scored 14 goals and assisted on 28 for 42 points in 27 games. He led the league in assists and his point total was five better than the next contender.
High1 joined the ALH for the 2007-08 season and have yet to move past the semi-finals. They have not qualified for the post season since 2014-15. Home games for the team are played at Goyang Sport Complex Arena in Goyang, South Korea. The venue opened in 2004 and seats 3,000 for hockey.
In 2017-18, High1 finished eighth in the eight team league after the 28 game schedule. That game total is down from 48 in 2016-17 when the league had nine teams. Since, China Dragon has dropped from existence. Even though they were last, Gangwon was just five points out of the fifth and final playoff position.
Michael Swift OHL Stats