Joe McDonnell (ice hockey)

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Joe McDonnell
Born (1960-05-11) May 11, 1960 (age 54)
Kitchener, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
AHL
Moncton Alpines
Baltimore Skipjacks
CHL
Dallas Black Hawks
OHL
Kitchener Rangers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1976–1986

Joe McDonnell (born May 11, 1961 in Kitchener, Ontario) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player, coach, and current Scout, who played 50 games in the National Hockey League. He played with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks.[1]

McDonnell is currently the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Dallas Stars.[2] He was formerly the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Detroit Red Wings.

Playing career[edit]

McDonnell played junior hockey for his hometown Kitchener Rangers for five seasons. In his final year with the Rangers, McDonnell played in the 1981 Memorial Cup. Despite losing in the final to the Cornwall Royals 8-2, McDonnell and teammate Brian Bellows were named to the Memorial Cup All-Star team. During his time with the Rangers, McDonnell played with future Hockey Hall of Fame Paul Coffey and Al MacInnis, as well as other NHL stars such as Paul Reinhart and Don Maloney.

After his Major junior career was over, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Vancouver Canucks. He played seven games with the Canucks, but played most of his first professional season with the Dallas Black Hawks of the Central Hockey League. McDonnell bounced around in the AHL until the 1984-85 NHL season where he played 40 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring 2 goals and 11 points for the Penguins in 40 games that season. After playing only three games in the NHL next season; all with the Penguins, he retired from professional hockey.

Post-Playing Career[edit]

McDonnell joined his former junior team, the Kitchener Rangers, as an assistant coach during the 1986-87 OHL season. Later that year, he replaced Tom Barrett as Head Coach. He won the Matt Leyden Trophy and CHL Coach of the Year Award in the 1988-89 OHL season. He reached the Memorial Cup for a second time; the first as a coach, in 1990 where he and the Rangers lost in the finals 4-3 in double overtime to the Oshawa Generals. He was coach of the Rangers for nine seasons before being relieved in the 1994-95 OHL season.

After being fired by the Rangers, McDonnell found work with the Detroit Red Wings as an amateur scout. After eight seasons as a scout, McDonnell was promoted to Director of Amateur Scouting for the Red Wings. He won the Stanley Cup with four times with Detroit, in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.[3] McDonnell, along with Red Wings General manager Ken Holland, former Red Wings executive Jim Nill, and current Red Wings scout Håkan Andersson have been partially credited with the success of the Detroit Red Wings.[4][5]

On July 6, 2013, McDonnell as well as Red Wings scout Mark Leach followed former colleague Jim Nill to the Dallas Stars, where McDonnell was hired as Director of Amateur Scouting for the Dallas Stars, the same position he held in Detroit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joe Michael Patrick McDonnell". Legends of Hockey.net. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  2. ^ "Detroit Red Wings director of amateur scouting hired in Dallas by former assistant G.M. Jim Nill". MLive Media Group. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  3. ^ George Malik (2008-07-30). "McDonnell gets his evening with the Cup". M Live.com. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  4. ^ Bengtsson, Janne (10 March 2003). "Han ringmärker talangerna" (in Swedish). SvD.se. Retrieved 26 May 2008. 
  5. ^ Kennedy, Kostya (9 May 2008). "How Swede it is for Red Wings". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 26 May 2008. 

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Preceded by
Tom Barrett
Head coach of the Kitchener Rangers
1986–1995
Succeeded by
Geoff Ward