Colin McDonald (ice hockey)

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Colin McDonald
Colin McDonald 2013.jpg
McDonald in October 2013
Born (1984-09-30) September 30, 1984 (age 30)
Weathersfield, CT, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
New York Islanders
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Edmonton Oilers
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  United States
NHL Draft 51st overall, 2003
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2007–present

Colin J. McDonald (born September 30, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2nd round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 51st overall. He is the son of Gerry McDonald, a former NHL player, who played for the Hartford Whalers.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

McDonald began his career playing for the New England Coyotes of the EJHL in 2002-03 where he led the EJHL in scoring with 58 points (28 goals, 30 assists) and was named Junior Coyote of the Year, as well as EJHL Offensive Player of the Year Award and League MVP. He was selected MVP of the Top Prospects Tournament in 2002, as well as Hockey Night In Boston Junior Player of the Year. He was also chosen to the U.S. National Junior Team Evaluation Camp (August 2003).

After being drafted by Edmonton, McDonald spent four seasons with Providence College. During his freshman year (2003–04) at Providence, McDonald led Friar freshmen with 10 goals. His performance earned him Providence's Most Valuable Freshman Award as well as a selection to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. As a sophomore, McDonald missed time due to injury but still managed to match his point total from freshman year as he tallied up 11 goals, adding 5 assists. As a junior, McDonald served as an alternate captain and reached career highs in points (28) and assists (19), finishing fourth on his team in scoring. He was then named co-captain for 2006-07 at the end of the year. In his Senior year he had a career high of 13 goals, along with 4 assists, and 17 points.

Professional career[edit]

McDonald turned pro in 2007, joining the Oilers organization and was assigned to their affiliates, the Springfield Falcons. He played 73 games for the Falcons, scoring 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points. In 2008-09, McDonald played 77 games for the Falcons, scoring 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points and also played 3 games in the ECHL for the Stockton Thunder, recording 2 assists.

McDonald received his first call up to the Edmonton Oilers on November 26, 2009. He played in his first career NHL game the next night against the San Jose Sharks. Colin's first career NHL goal came in his second game on November 28, 2009 against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. From the left wing, McDonald took a high wrist shot that eluded Luongo's glove (left) hand and sailed into the corner of the net. Teammate Ryan O'Marra assisted on the goal, also recording his first point in the NHL.[1]

McDonald with the Penguins, January 2012

On July 1, 2011, McDonald was signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 1 year, $525,000 contract.[2] In the 2011-12 season, McDonald was primarily assigned to affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, but was recalled to play in 5 games with Pittsburgh.

On July 2, 2012, McDonald signed as a free agent to a one-year, two way contract with the New York Islanders.[3]

On March 15, 2013 McDonald agreed to a two-year contract extension keeping him with the Islanders through the 2014-2015 season. It is a one-way NHL contract worth $600,000 in year one and $675,000 in year 2. McDonald played most of the season on a line with Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas, forming one of the better 4th lines in the NHL. In the playoffs against his former team, he played on a line with Michael Grabner and Keith Aucoin, scoring two goals and one assist in six games. On October 22, 2014, Colin McDonald was placed on waivers.

Career statistics[edit]

Regualar season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 New England Jr. Coyotes EJHL 39 16 20 36 50
2002–03 New England Jr. Coyotes EJHL 44 28 40 68 59
2003–04 Providence College HE 37 10 6 16 47
2004–05 Providence College HE 26 11 5 16 14
2005–06 Providence College HE 36 9 19 28 29
2006–07 Providence College HE 36 13 4 17 30
2007–08 Springfield Falcons AHL 73 12 11 23 46
2008–09 Springfield Falcons AHL 77 10 12 22 65
2008–09 Stockton Thunder ECHL 3 0 2 2 0
2009–10 Springfield Falcons AHL 76 12 11 23 38
2009–10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 1 0 1 0
2010–11 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 80 42 16 58 63 6 1 1 2 6
2011–12 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 66 13 35 48 41 12 6 7 13 2
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 35 6 21 27 32
2012–13 New York Islanders NHL 45 7 10 17 32 6 2 1 3 2
2013–14 New York Islanders NHL 70 8 10 18 34
NHL totals 122 16 20 36 66 6 2 1 3 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 United States WC 6th 7 1 0 1 0
Senior totals 7 1 0 1 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
EJHL
Top Prospects Tournament MVP 2002
Offensive Player of the Year 2003
MVP 2003
Hockey Night in Boston Player of the Year 2003
College
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2004
All-Tournament Team 2005
AHL
All-Star Game 2011
All-Star Team 2011
Willie Marshall Award 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canucks rout Oilers 7-3". Yahoo! Sports. 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  2. ^ "McDonald signs with Penguins". American Hockey League. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  3. ^ "DeFazio & McDonald agree to terms". New York Islanders. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 

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