There are many people who have made giant strides in the National Hockey League (NHL) and Mike Hoffman happens to be of them. The left winger made his professional league debut in 2010 after he was drafted 130th overall by Ottawa Senators in the 2009 draft. He has completed over eight professional seasons in the NHL and has received several accolades for his outstanding playing style. Mike has been in the limelight since 2018, following his fiancee’s harassment controversy. Find out everything you need to know about Mike’s bio and personal life below.
Who is Mike Hoffman (Ice Hockey Player)?
He is a Canadian ice hockey star currently associated with the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. Since the inception of his professional stint in 2010, Mike has equally played for the Ottawa Senators as well as their American Hockey league affiliate, Binghamton Senators. Notably, he led the Binghamton Senators to clinch the Calder Cup Championship in 2011. He has been named to the All-Star Game and First All-Star Team respectively.
The hockey star, Michael Hoffman was born on the 24th day of November 1989 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Todd Hoffman and his wife, Debb Hoffman. His father was a former ice hockey player who made an outstanding impact in the OHL (Ontario Hockey League) during the ‘80s. Growing up, Mike developed a keen interest in pursuing a career in ice hockey after watching his father play the game. According to him, his father who is currently the head coach of the Waterloo Siskins Junior B hockey team helped him to master the rudiments of the game.
Hoffman began his amateur career in 2006 when he joined the Kitchener Dutchmen team of the Mid-Western Junior Hockey League. After his first season with the team, Mike went on to play for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. From there, he transferred to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he spent a couple of seasons until 2010. For his outstanding performance in the 2009/10 season, Mike Hoffman won the Michel Briere Memorial Trophy and Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy. He was also named to the Canadian Hockey League All-Star Team the same year.
Turning pro, Mike Hoffman was drafted by the Ottawa Senators as the 130th overall player in the NHL draft of 2009. Afterward, he was enrolled at the Senators’ development academy in July 2010. Later on, he was assigned to their American League affiliate, Binghamton Senators. He helped the team to win the Calder Cup in the 2011 season and also made his NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators later that year. He continued sharing his playing time between the Senators and their AHL affiliate until the end of the 2017 season. During the 2018 season, the player was sent on a trade to the Florida Panthers. Since then, he has been a prominent member of the team to date.
Does He Have a Girlfriend or Wife?
The professional hockey star is not married yet but is currently in a relationship with a lady named Monica Caryk. Monica was born and raised in Canada and is a graduate of the Wilfrid Laurier University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Criminology in 2014. She has worked with brands like Abercrombie & Fitch and many others. According to her LinkedIn page, the gorgeous lady is currently working as an agent with a Pro Travel Agency.
The pair began their love story several years ago and are said to be high school sweethearts. They have been together for over a decade and are currently engaged. Meanwhile, their relationship hasn’t been all rosy; the duo was recently involved in a controversy involving Hoffman’s teammate Erik Karlsson. Mike’s wife was accused of sending threatening messages to Karlsson and his family. However, the news of their feud saw the light of the day in May 2018 when Melinda filed for a protection order against Monika.
As a result of this, Mike Hoffman was abruptly traded to the Florida Panthers. When asked about the issue, the player said that he is trying his possible best to figure things out; he hopes to clear his name and that of his fiancée in no time. While they are trying their best to sort out the controversy, we hope the lovebirds take a bold step soon to seal their love with a nuptial bond.