Petit, a tough stay-at-home defender, played 16 seasons in the NHL from 1982 to 1998, including six seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. Petit played for 10 different teams in his career. In his last three seasons, Petit played on five different teams. When Petit retired, he held the record for most franchises played for, a record since broken by Mike Sillinger.
Petit played for a lot of bad teams during his injury plagued career, including the historically bad 1989-90 Quebec Nordiques. In 1990-91, he had a league worst plus/minus of -34, splitting time between the Nordiques and Toronto Maple Leafs. During his sixteen seasons, Petit played in the play-offs five times. Four times his team was eliminated in the first round. Petit did play two games in the 1997 Stanley Cup with the Philadelphia. Petit got to play after multiple injuries to Flyers defencemen depleted the team. The Flyers were swept by the Red Wings in those finals.
Michel Petit would have a rookie card with the "New York Rangers" in the 1987-88 OPC set. A card in which had his name misspelled. For a player who had a 16 year career, Petit only had cards in 7 years, including no cards with his last seasons/teams. Below is what a 1984-85 OPC Michel Petit rookie card may have been.
|1984-85 OPC #400 - Michel Petit (RC)|