Dopud was born in Montreal, Canada, the second son of a Yugoslavian family. Mike fluently speaks English, French, and Serbian. Graduating with a degree in Physiology and International Business Administration from Southern Illinois University where he was a four-year letterman, Dopud went on to a pro football career in the Canadian Football League that was cut short by a knee injury. After rehabilitating his knee, he found himself on skates playing pro hockey in the Minor Leagues. Plagued by injury, his sports career ended abruptly.