Colin McDonald (ice hockey)
McDonald with the Penguins, January 2012
September 30, 1984 |
Wethersfield, CT, USA
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||51st overall, 2003
Colin J. McDonald (born September 30, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). 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.
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.
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.
On July 1, 2011, McDonald was signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 1 year, $525,000 contract. 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.
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.
|2010–11||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||80||42||16||58||63||6||1||1||2||6|
|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|
Awards and honors
|All-Hockey East Rookie Team||2003–04|
- Willie Marshall Award - 2010-11
- AHL All-Star Team - 2010-11
- Ledyard National Bank All Tournament Team - 2004-05
- Most Valuable Freshman (Providence College) - 2003-04
- Hockey East Rookie of the Week - March 1, 2004
- EJHL Offensive Player of the Year - 2002-03
- EJHL MVP - 2002-03
- New England Junior Coyote of the year - 2002-03
- Top Prospects Tournament MVP - 2002
- Hockey Night in Boston Player of the Year - 2002-03