Nathan MacKinnon

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Nathan MacKinnon
Nathan MacKinnon at Colorado Avalanche.jpg
Born (1995-09-01) September 1, 1995 (age 18)
Halifax, NS, CAN[1]
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team Colorado Avalanche
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2013
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2011–present

Nathan MacKinnon (born September 1, 1995) is a Canadian ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). MacKinnon was selected first overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

In his draft year, MacKinnon was named Most Valuable Player of the 2013 Memorial Cup tournament.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

MacKinnon grew up playing in the minor ice hockey system of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada.[3] As an atom aged player, MacKinnon recorded 200 points in 50 games.[4] When MacKinnon was twelve and thirteen, he played Bantam AAA for the Cole Harbour Red Wings, recording seasons of 110 and 145 points respectively.[4] After these two seasons, MacKinnon enrolled at Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota.[5] MacKinnon chose to leave his hometown and attend the Minnesota boarding school because of the strength of its ice hockey program.[5] In his first season at Shattuck-Saint Mary's playing with the Bantam Tier I program, he scored 101 points in 58 games played to finish second in team scoring.[6] For the 2010–11 season, MacKinnon joined the Under-16 Midget program at the school. Despite being the team's second youngest player, MacKinnon was averaging more than two points a game and was second in team scoring at the midway point of the season.[4] During the season, MacKinnon was named to the team that represented Nova Scotia in the ice hockey tournament at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.[7] At the tournament, MacKinnon scored eight goals and eleven points to finish fourth in tournament scoring as Nova Scotia finished in seventh place.[8] MacKinnon finished his second season at Shattuck-Saint Mary's with 93 points in forty games played, and was second on the team with 45 goals scored.[9]

Junior career[edit]

Heading into the 2011 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Draft, MacKinnon was widely regarded as the favourite to be selected first overall and was ranked by QMJHL Central Scouting as the best available player.[10] Despite this, MacKinnon spent the day of the draft skating with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), as he was considering playing either college ice hockey in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or major junior ice hockey in the QMJHL.[11] On June 4, 2011, MacKinnon was selected first overall by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the 2011 QMJHL Draft.[12] Because MacKinnon does not speak French, there was speculation that he would follow through with his option to play in the USHL until he was eligible for the NCAA, unless his rights were traded to a different QMJHL team.[13] On July 13, 2011, MacKinnon's rights were traded to the Halifax Mooseheads for Carl Gélinas, Francis Turbide, the Mooseheads' first round draft picks in 2012 and 2013, and the Quebec Remparts' first round draft pick in 2013, previously acquired by Halifax.[14] The Mooseheads had been attempting to acquire MacKinnon since Baie-Comeau was awarded the first overall pick in the 2011 QMJHL Draft.[15] MacKinnon scored his first QMJHL hat-trick on December 3, 2011, scoring five goals in a 6–4 victory over the Quebec Remparts.[16] In a league of 18- and 19-year-olds, MacKinnon was only 16 when he accomplished this. The opposing coach for the Remparts was his current coach with the Colorado Avalanche, NHL Hall of Famer Patrick Roy. With five goals in one game, he tied the Mooseheads record for the most goals in a single game held by Jason King.[17]

On May 26, 2013, MacKinnon led the Mooseheads to their first Memorial Cup championship, scoring a hat-trick in the final game against the Portland Winterhawks his second hat trick of the tournament. He was also named Most Valuable Player, scoring a tournament-best seven goals and six assists in four games, and earned a spot on the Tournament All-Star Team.[2]

On June 24, 2013, leading up to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, head coach Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche who owned the first overall selection, stated publicly that his team would select MacKinnon if the draft were held then, despite widespread speculation that the team was likely to select Seth Jones, who grew up in Denver.[18] "It would be tough for us not to take MacKinnon," Roy told ESPN The Magazine. Roy also refused to rule out trading the pick.[19] On June 26, 2013, Avalanche director of amateur scouting Richard Pracey said during a conference call that the team had MacKinnon in their sights. "As of today, we're leaning on Nathan MacKinnon," Pracey said.[20] On June 30, 2013, the Colorado Avalanche did indeed use their first overall pick in the draft to select MacKinnon.[21]

Professional career[edit]

MacKinnnon was signed to his first NHL contract, a three-year entry level deal, with the Avalanche on July 9, 2013.[22] He made his NHL debut on October 2, 2013 becoming the youngest hockey player to ever dress in a regular season game for the Colorado Avalanche franchise, registering two assists in a 6 - 1 Colorado victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks.[23] MacKinnon scored his first NHL goal October 12, 2013 against Michal Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals during the second period at the Verizon Center.[24] MacKinnon became just the third player in NHL to record seven points in his first two playoff games with a goal and six assists in the first two contests against Minnesota in the opening round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. On June 24, 2014 MacKinnion won the Calder Memorial Trophy for the rookie of the year. He is the youngest player to ever win this trophy.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2012 Piešťany

MacKinnon's first experience with Hockey Canada came when he was named to the Canada Atlantic team for the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[25] Despite being the second youngest player at the tournament, MacKinnon scored five goals and eight points in only five games to finish seventh in tournament scoring.[4][26] This included a game in which he scored two goals and two assists to be named player of the game as Canada Atlantic defeated Finland 4–3.[27] His impressive play helped Canada Atlantic to its best finish since the 2005 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, defeating Canada West 2–1 in the fifth place game.[28] The following year, MacKinnon was named to the Canada Atlantic team for the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario.[29] On December 13, 2012, MacKinnon was named a member of team Canada for the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships along with Mooseheads teammate Jonathan Drouin.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Cole Harbour Red Wings Bantam AAA 50 110
2008–09 Cole Harbour Red Wings Bantam AAA 35 145
2009–10 Shattuck-Saint Mary's Bantam AAA 58 54 47 101 56
2010–11 Shattuck-Saint Mary's Midget AAA 40 45 48 93 72
2011–12 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 58 31 47 78 45 17 13 15 28 12
2012–13 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 44 32 43 75 45 17 11 22 33 12
2013–14 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 24 39 63 26 7 2 8 10 4
NHL totals 82 24 39 63 26 7 2 8 10 4

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada Atlantic U17 5th 5 5 3 8 0
2012 Canada Atlantic U17 7th 5 1 3 4 2
2012 Canada IH18 5 5 6 11 18
2013 Canada WJC 4th 6 0 1 1 4
2014 Canada WC 5th 8 1 3 4 8
Junior totals 21 11 13 24 24
Senior totals 8 1 3 4 8

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
CHL / QMJHL
Ed Chynoweth Trophy 2013
Memorial Cup Championship 2013
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy 2013
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2013 [31]
NHL
Calder Memorial Trophy 2014
All-Rookie Team 2014

Records[edit]

NHL records[edit]

On March 6, 2014, MacKinnon recorded a point in his thirteenth game in a row while being an 18 year old playing in the NHL, breaking the record previously held by Wayne Gretzky (12) in 1979-80.

On April 20, 2014, MacKinnon’s seven points through a player's first two career playoff games ties the NHL record first set by Odie Cleghorn in 1919 and later equaled by Barry Pederson in 1982.

On June 24, 2014, Mackinnon became the youngest player in NHL history to win the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Acting[edit]

MacKinnon appeared on the Canadian television show "Mr. D". He played Nathan, a young hockey player in Mr. D's class who was in detention for missing too much school playing hockey. Mr. D is oblivious to his talent and reprimands him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sadowski, Rick (2014-03-14). "Avalanche's MacKinnon taking success in stride". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Mooseheads Win Mastercard Memorial Cup". Western Hockey League. 2013-05-26. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  3. ^ Joyce, Gare (2010-02-25). "Nate the kid". ESPN The Magazine. pp. 52–53. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d Penton, Kirk (2011-01-02). "The next Next One?". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  5. ^ a b McDonald, Alyssa (2011-01-02). "Crosby comparisons: MacKinnon brings offence to U17s". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  6. ^ "2009–2010 Boys Bantam Tier I stats". Shattuck-Saint Mary's. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  7. ^ "Canada Winter Games". Hockey Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  8. ^ "Standings/statistics - 2011 Canada Winter Games". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  9. ^ "2010–2011 Boys U16 Stats". Shattuck-Saint Mary's. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  10. ^ Wuest, Matthew (2011-05-01). "MacKinnon tops QMJHL draft ranking". Metro Halifax. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  11. ^ Sager, Neate (2011-06-04). "QMJHL: Nathan MacKinnon skates in Omaha on draft day". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  12. ^ "Baie-Comeau takes Cole Harbour's Nathan MacKinnon first in QMJHL draft". National Hockey League. 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  13. ^ Walling, Alex (2011-07-23). "Walling: MacKinnon the second coming of Sid the Kid?". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  14. ^ "Mooseheads acquire top draft pick MacKinnon from Drakkar". The Sports Network. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  15. ^ Wuest, Matthew (2011-04-07). "Russell quick to contact Drakkar after coin flip". Metro Halifax. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  16. ^ Palov, Willy (2011-12-04). "5-goal game for Moose rookie". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  17. ^ Sager, Neate (2011-12-04). "Saturday’s 3 Stars: Nathan MacKinnon makes some memories for Mooseheads by making mincemeat of Remparts". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  18. ^ Sager, Neate (June 19, 2013). "Colorado Avalanche pass on Seth Jones, will take a forward". Yahoo!. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ tsn.ca Staff (June 25, 2013). "ROY: MACKINNON WOULD BE SELECTION IF DRAFT WAS HELD NOW". The Sports Network. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  20. ^ tsn.ca Staff (June 27, 2013). "AVALANCHE REITERATE THEY HAVE F MACKINNON IN THEIR SIGHTS". The Sports Network. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  21. ^ The Canadian Press (June 30, 2013). "Avs pick MacKinnon first overall in NHL draft". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Avs sign first-overall pick to entry-level deal". The Sports Network. 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  23. ^ Associated Press (October 3, 2013). "Avs’ MacKinnon gets 2 points in rout of Ducks". Sportsnet. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  24. ^ http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2013/10/12/4832460/avs-vs-capitals-nathan-mackinnon-scores-first-nhl-goal
  25. ^ "Team Atlantic Announced for 2011 World Under 17 Challenge". Hockey Nova Scotia. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  26. ^ "Statistics/standings - 2011 World Under-17 Challenge - Individual player stats". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  27. ^ Nicholson, Matthew (2010-12-31). "MacKinnon's four points lead Atlantic to first win". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  28. ^ Nicholson, Matthew (2011-01-03). "Atlantic earns best finish since '05 with win over West". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  29. ^ "Team Atlantic male U17 official roster announced". Hockey New Brunswick. 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  30. ^ "Team Canada heading overseas with lockout questions looming". The Sports Network. 2012-12-14. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  31. ^ Memorial Cup All-Star Teams

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nail Yakupov
NHL first overall draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
Aaron Ekblad
Preceded by
Duncan Siemens
Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
Conner Bleackley
Preceded by
Jonathan Huberdeau
Winner of the Calder Trophy
2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent