Craig MacDonald (ice hockey b. 1977)

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Craig MacDonald
Born (1977-04-07) April 7, 1977 (age 37)
Antigonish, NS, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Left Wing
Shoots Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Carolina Hurricanes
Florida Panthers
Boston Bruins
Calgary Flames
Chicago Blackhawks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Columbus Blue Jackets
DEG Metro Stars
Adler Mannheim
NHL Draft 88th overall, 1996
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1998–present

James Craig MacDonald (born April 7, 1977 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is currently an Unrestricted Free Agent. He most recently played for the Adler Mannheim in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.[1]

Playing career[edit]

MacDonald, who has played for the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Calgary Flames and the Chicago Blackhawks, was drafted in the 4th round (88th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers. His rights were transferred to Carolina when the franchise moved there in 1997. With Carolina, he played his first NHL game on January 7, 1999, against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1998–99 NHL season. On January 20, 2004, he was claimed off waivers by the Boston Bruins. On August 11, 2005, he signed as a free agent for the Calgary Flames.

While playing for the Florida Panthers, MacDonald was on a line with Marcus Nilson and Byron Ritchie that was named the John Deere line. They got this name due to them working hard every shift. The John Deere line was reunited in Calgary in the 2005–06 NHL season. On July 2, 2007, MacDonald signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On December 20, 2007, during a game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, MacDonald was hit by a wrist shot from Toronto defenceman Hal Gill that fractured nine of MacDonald's teeth, only three of which were able to be salvaged. He also required 25–30 stitches to close a cut in his tongue and an additional 50 or so to sew together wounds to the inside of his lip and gums, according to team trainer Tom Mulligan. MacDonald also underwent three root canal surgeries the following morning. He wore a full cage on his helmet to protect him from any further injury. But now just wears a visor.

On July 14, 2008, MacDonald signed a 1 year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[2] Craig is also one of the few NHL players who have attended Harvard. He left North America on June 30, 2009, and signed for German Deutsche Eishockey Liga team DEG Metro Stars.[3] After one year with DEG Metro Stars signed on April 6, 2010, with fellow DEL team, Adler Mannheim.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Harvard University ECAC 34 7 10 17 8
1996–97 Harvard University ECAC 32 6 10 16 20
1997–98 Canadian National Team Intl 62 18 29 47 38
1998–99 Beast of New Haven AHL 62 17 31 48 77
1998–99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 11 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 78 12 24 36 76 11 4 1 5 8
2000–01 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 82 20 28 48 104 5 0 1 1 6
2001–02 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 64 19 22 41 61
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 12 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 27 7 20 27 38
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 35 1 3 4 20
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 34 0 3 3 25
2003–04 San Antonio Rampage AHL 2 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 18 0 3 3 8 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 71 10 18 28 104 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights AHL 13 1 3 4 29
2005–06 Calgary Flames NHL 25 3 2 5 8 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 7 3 6 9 12
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 25 3 2 5 14
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 65 2 9 11 16
2007–08 Norfolk Admirals AHL 7 3 8 11 8
2008–09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 70 15 25 40 71
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 8 1 1 2 0 -
2009–10 DEG Metro Stars DEL 56 19 23 42 76 3 2 0 2 0
2010–11 Adler Mannheim DEL 51 6 22 28 123 5 0 2 2 4
2011–12 Adler Mannheim DEL 28 6 14 20 12 14 3 5 8 6
2012–13 Adler Mannheim DEL 51 7 22 29 68 6 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 233 11 24 35 91 7 0 0 0 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team 1995–96

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3 new additions, 11 depart Adler Mannheim" (in German). Adler Mannheim. 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  2. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets sign free agent Craig MacDonald". bluejackets.nhl.com. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  3. ^ "DEG attacks! Craig MacDonald moves to the Rhine" (in German). DEG Metro Stars. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Changes in the squad of DEG METRO STARS" (in German). DEG Metro Stars. 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 

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