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, U.S.
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 currently playing for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 51st overall. He played only two games with the team before signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2011–12 season. His time with the Penguins was also short-lived, as he proceeded to sign with the Islanders the following season and has been with the organization since. 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 Junior Coyotes of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) during the 2002–03 season, where he led the league in scoring with 58 points (28 goals, 30 assists) and was named "Junior Coyote of the Year", and received the "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 in August 2003.

After being selected 51st overall in the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2003 draft by the Edmonton Oilers, McDonald spent four seasons with Providence College. During his freshman year (2003–04), McDonald led Providence 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 and added 5 assists. As a junior, he 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 the 2006-07 season at the end of the year. In his senior year he had a career high of 13 goals, along with 4 assists, totaling 17 points.

Professional career[edit]

McDonald during the 2010–11 season with the Oklahoma City Barons

McDonald joined the Edmonton Oilers organization in 2007 and was assigned to their minor league affiliate, the American Hockey League's (AHL) Springfield Falcons. He played 73 games in his first season, scoring 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points. The following season, McDonald played 77 games, scoring 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points and also played 3 games in the ECHL for the Stockton Thunder. He was first called up to the Oilers on November 26, 2009. He played in his first career NHL game the next night against the San Jose Sharks. His first NHL goal came in his second game on November 28, 2009 against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks.[1]

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

On July 2, 2012, McDonald signed as a free agent to a one-year, two way contract with the New York Islanders.[3] During the season, on March 15, 2013, he agreed to a two-year, one-way contract extension. He played most of the season on a line with Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas. In the 2013 playoffs against his former Penguins team, he played on a line with Michael Grabner and Keith Aucoin, scoring two goals and one assist as the Islanders were defeated in six games. Early on in the 2014–15 season, on October 22, 2014, McDonald was placed on waivers; upon clearing he was assigned to the Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

McDonald with the Pittsburgh Penguins in January 2012

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. November 28, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "McDonald signs with Penguins". American Hockey League. July 1, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ "DeFazio & McDonald agree to terms". National Hockey League. July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ Marcus, Steven (January 30, 2015). "Colin McDonald hopes to show Islanders he should stay with them". Newsday. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 

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