The last time Mike McEwen attended a Stanley Cup Finals, he watched from the penalty box. For the whole game. And he wasn't even a player in the game. It was Game 7 in June 1994, Vancouver vs. New York at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers beat the Canucks 3-2. "The Garden was nervous,” recalled the former Oklahoma City Blazers coach. "The fans were nervous. They weren't loud or crazy. It was like everybody was apprehensive. It was close all the way, and it just wasn't loud and obnoxious like it normally is.” Several former Rangers players had been invited to the game — but they had nowhere to sit, except the sin bin. "They cut the penalty box in half, so a lot of us alumni players were standing in there,” McEwen said. "We were scrunched together pretty good. There were five guys in front and five guys in back.” McEwen, now president of the Oklahoma City Youth Hockey Association, played in four Stanley Cup Finals in his 12-year NHL career. Now 51 and residing in Bethany, McEwen was one of the NHL's highest-scoring defensemen. He had his best NHL season in 1979 when he scored 20 goals and 58 points and helped the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Finals. They lost to the Montreal Canadiens, who won their fourth straight Stanley Cup. "We beat them in the first game, and we were winning 2-1 after the first period of the second game. But Montreal got mad,” McEwen said. "They came out in that second period and they were mad and they just blew us away in four games. They were a great team, and we couldn't keep up with them. The whole game changed. It was pretty amazing to play against them. But at least we lost to a better team.” From 1980-1983, McEwen did what few others have done: He played on three straight Stanley Cup champions, for the New York Islanders. "We used to sit in that room and say, ‘Let's go out and dominate,' and we knew we could. That was the level of that team,” McEwen said. "We could play tough with anybody, or we could play finesse with anybody. We could play anybody's game, and if we just played our best we would dominate.” The Islanders also were Stanley Cup runnersup in 1984, finishing a run of four straight Finals. The Islanders' regular-season record was 194-86-40 over those four seasons. "To say in the room that you know you're going to go out and dominate at that level,” McEwen said, "I don't think too many teams could have ever said that in the history of any sport. That's why that team was just so amazing. I think it's one of the three best teams ever to play hockey.” McEwen, a native of Hornepayne, Ontario, Canada, retired as a player after the 1992 season. Later that year, he moved to Oklahoma City, where he coached the Blazers in their first three revived Central Hockey League seasons. His '92 team finished second in the CHL playoffs. The next two lost in the first round of the playoffs. "When I got fired by the Blazers I retired from pro hockey,” McEwen said. "I like it here. It's a big small town. I like the weather, I like the people. It's an easy lifestyle. A lot of people move here, and the first year they wonder what they're doing here, and then they really grow to like it.” Except for 20 months in 1977-98, when McEwen lived in Toronto, McEwen has called the Oklahoma City area home for 16 years. "I spent 20 years in pro hockey, averaging one move every nine months and played on 11 different teams,” McEwen said. "I didn't want to do that for the next 20 years.” He still returns to New York three to five times a year to visit his sons, Kyle, 22, and Shane, 21. But most of his time is spent in hockey, coaching two travel teams, giving private lessons and running summer hockey camps. Though the native Canadian loves living in Oklahoma — "Now I'm a Canokie,” he joked — he seldom goes to Blazers games. "I do the youth hockey and I see 100 games a year and run 150 practices a year,” McEwen said. "When I get free time I don't like to go for more hockey.” Unless it's the Stanley Cup Finals.