MacKinnon with the Colorado Avalanche in December 2013
September 1, 1995 |
Halifax, NS, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|NHL team||Colorado Avalanche|
|NHL Draft||1st overall, 2013
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 Avalanche in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
MacKinnon grew up playing in the minor ice hockey system of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada. As an atom aged player, MacKinnon recorded 200 points in 50 games. When MacKinnon was 12 and 13, he played Bantam AAA for the Cole Harbour Red Wings, recording seasons of 110 and 145 points, respectively. After these two seasons, MacKinnon enrolled at Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota. MacKinnon chose to leave his hometown and attend the Minnesota boarding school because of the strength of its ice hockey program. In his first season at Shattuck-Saint Mary's playing with the Bantam Tier I program, he scored 101 points in 58 games to finish second in team scoring. 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. During the season, MacKinnon was named to the team that represented Nova Scotia in the ice hockey tournament at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. At the tournament, MacKinnon scored eight goals and eleven points to finish fourth in tournament scoring as Nova Scotia finished in seventh place. MacKinnon finished his second season at Shattuck-Saint Mary's with 93 points in 40 games played, and was second on the team with 45 goals scored.
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. 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. On June 4, 2011, MacKinnon was selected first overall by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the 2011 QMJHL Draft. Because MacKinnon did 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. 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. The Mooseheads had been attempting to acquire MacKinnon since Baie-Comeau was awarded the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. MacKinnon scored his first QMJHL hat-trick on December 3, 2011, scoring five goals in a 6–4 victory over the Quebec Remparts. In a league of 18- and 19-year-olds, MacKinnon was only 16 when he accomplished this. Ironically, 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.
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; it was 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.
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 defenceman Seth Jones, who grew up in Denver. "It would be tough for us not to take MacKinnon," Roy told ESPN The Magazine. Roy also refused to rule out trading the pick. 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. On June 30, 2013, the Avalanche did indeed use their first overall pick in the draft to select MacKinnon.
MacKinnon was signed to his first NHL contract, a three-year entry level deal, with the Avalanche on July 9, 2013. MacKinnon 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 victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks. MacKinnon scored his first NHL goal October 12, 2013, against Michal Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals during the second period at the Verizon Center. MacKinnon became just the third player in the NHL to record seven points in his first two playoff games with a goal and six assists in the first two contests against the Minnesota Wild in the opening round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. On June 24, 2014, MacKinnon won the Calder Memorial Trophy for the rookie of the year, the youngest player to ever win this trophy.
|Competitor for Canada|
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
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. 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. 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. 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. The following year, MacKinnon was named to the Canada Atlantic team for the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario. 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.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|CHL / QMJHL|
|Ed Chynoweth Trophy||2013|
|Memorial Cup Championship||2013|
|Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy||2013|
|CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team||2013|||
|Calder Memorial Trophy||2014|
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 (portrayed by Gerry Dee) is oblivious to his talent and reprimands him.
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- "Mooseheads Win Mastercard Memorial Cup". Western Hockey League. 2013-05-26. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
- Joyce, Gare (2010-02-25). "Nate the kid". ESPN The Magazine. pp. 52–53. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- Penton, Kirk (2011-01-02). "The next Next One?". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- McDonald, Alyssa (2011-01-02). "Crosby comparisons: MacKinnon brings offence to U17s". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- "2009–2010 Boys Bantam Tier I stats". Shattuck-Saint Mary's. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- "Canada Winter Games". Hockey Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- "Standings/statistics - 2011 Canada Winter Games". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
- "2010–2011 Boys U16 Stats". Shattuck-Saint Mary's. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- Wuest, Matthew (2011-05-01). "MacKinnon tops QMJHL draft ranking". Metro Halifax. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
- Sager, Neate (2011-06-04). "QMJHL: Nathan MacKinnon skates in Omaha on draft day". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
- "Baie-Comeau takes Cole Harbour's Nathan MacKinnon first in QMJHL draft". National Hockey League. 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
- Walling, Alex (2011-07-23). "Walling: MacKinnon the second coming of Sid the Kid?". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
- "Mooseheads acquire top draft pick MacKinnon from Drakkar". The Sports Network. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
- Wuest, Matthew (2011-04-07). "Russell quick to contact Drakkar after coin flip". Metro Halifax. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
- Palov, Willy (2011-12-04). "5-goal game for Moose rookie". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
- 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.
- Sager, Neate (June 19, 2013). "Colorado Avalanche pass on Seth Jones, will take a forward". Yahoo!. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
- tsn.ca Staff (June 25, 2013). "ROY: MACKINNON WOULD BE SELECTION IF DRAFT WAS HELD NOW". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on December 31, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- tsn.ca Staff (June 27, 2013). "AVALANCHE REITERATE THEY HAVE F MACKINNON IN THEIR SIGHTS". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- The Canadian Press (June 30, 2013). "Avs pick MacKinnon first overall in NHL draft". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
- The Canadian Press (July 9, 2013). "Avs sign first-overall pick to entry-level deal". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- Associated Press (October 3, 2013). "Avs’ MacKinnon gets 2 points in rout of Ducks". Sportsnet. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
- "Team Atlantic Announced for 2011 World Under 17 Challenge". Hockey Nova Scotia. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- "Statistics/standings - 2011 World Under-17 Challenge - Individual player stats". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- Nicholson, Matthew (2010-12-31). "MacKinnon's four points lead Atlantic to first win". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- Nicholson, Matthew (2011-01-03). "Atlantic earns best finish since '05 with win over West". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- "Team Atlantic male U17 official roster announced". Hockey New Brunswick. 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
- "Team Canada heading overseas with lockout questions looming". The Sports Network. 2012-12-14. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
- Memorial Cup All-Star Teams
- Nathan MacKinnon's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Nathan MacKinnon's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Nathan MacKinnon at Halifax Mooseheads
|Awards and achievements|
|NHL first overall draft pick
|Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
|Winner of the Calder Trophy