Walt McKechnie

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Walt McKechnie
Born (1947-06-19) June 19, 1947 (age 66)
London, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Played for Minnesota North Stars
California Golden Seals
Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins
Cleveland Barons
Washington Capitals
Toronto Maple Leafs
Colorado Rockies
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1963
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1963–1984

Walter Thomas John McKechnie (born June 19, 1947 in London, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional hockey centre. He played for nine teams in the National Hockey League and four minor professional teams over a 17-year pro career.

Playing career[edit]

McKechnie was drafted sixth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1963 NHL Amateur Draft of 16-year-old players. He played junior hockey with the London Nationals from 1965 to 1967 before turning professional with the Phoenix Roadrunners of the Western Hockey League in the 1967–68 season, where he was named the league's rookie of the year. In February 1968, he was acquired by the expansion Minnesota North Stars and played four games in the National Hockey League that season. For the next three years, he split his time between the North Stars and their minor league affiliates.

In May 1971, McKechnie was traded to the California Golden Seals and received a lot of ice time over his three years with the team, scoring 23 goals and 52 points in the 1973–74 season. In June 1974, he was involved in a three-way trade using the intra-league draft where he was claimed by the New York Rangers and immediately sent to the Boston Bruins for Derek Sanderson. He struggled with the Bruins and was dealt mid-season to the Detroit Red Wings. The next year in Detroit, he put up what would be his NHL career-high numbers, with 26 goals and 82 points, leading the team in scoring. McKechnie followed that a 25-goal season in 1976–77. After the season, he played for Team Canada in the 1977 world championships.

Before the next season, McKechnie was traded to the Washington Capitals. He got off to a poor start in Washington and was traded to the Cleveland Barons in December 1977. McKechnie became the property of the Minnesota North Stars when the Barons and North Stars franchises were merged following the 1977–78 season. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the 1978–79 season, where he scored 25 goals. His goal production dropped the next year, and McKechnie was traded to the Colorado Rockies, where he continued to struggle. He was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings in 1981 and rebounded with an 18-goal season, followed by 14 goals in 1982–83. McKechnie spent the 1983–84 season in the Central Hockey League with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles and then retired at age 37. In 955 career NHL games, he scored 214 goals and 392 assists for 606 points.

Personal[edit]

McKechnie was a regular at The Strand Billiards in London while playing for the Ontario Hockey Association's London Nationals during the mid-1960s. The pool hall, owned by the late Len Bonk since it first opened in 1952 and closed in September 2005, was like a second home to McKechnie, who refers to The Strand as "the academy."[1]

From 1986 to 2009 he owned and operated "McKeck's", a family-style restaurant on Highland Street in Haliburton, Ontario. He has retired from that business, but the restaurant still operates under the same name.

Most recently his efforts are directed at fundraising for Prostate Cancer Canada.

Career Statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1963-64 London Nationals OHA-B 19 38 57 48
1965-66 London Nationals OHA 46 13 28 41 68
1966-67 London Nationals OHA 48 13 46 59 125
1967-68 London Nationals OHA 1 0 0 0 2
Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 67 24 30 54 24 4 1 1 2 2
Minnesota North Stars NHL 4 0 0 0 0 9 3 2 5 0
1968-69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 58 5 9 14 22 -- -- -- -- --
Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 10 3 11 14 6 -- -- -- -- --
1969-70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 20 1 3 4 21 -- -- -- -- --
Iowa Stars CHL 42 17 24 41 82 11 1 9 10 18
1970-71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 30 3 1 4 34 -- -- -- -- --
Cleveland Barons AHL 35 16 31 47 28 8 2 4 6 10
1971-72 California Golden Seals NHL 56 11 20 31 40 -- -- -- -- --
1972-73 California Golden Seals NHL 78 16 38 54 58 -- -- -- -- --
1973-74 California Golden Seals NHL 63 23 29 52 14 -- -- -- -- --
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 53 3 3 6 8 -- -- -- -- --
1974-75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 23 6 11 17 6 -- -- -- -- --
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 26 56 82 85 -- -- -- -- --
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 25 34 59 50 -- -- -- -- --
1977-78 Washington Capitals NHL 16 4 1 5 0 -- -- -- -- --
1977-78 Cleveland Barons NHL 53 12 22 34 12 -- -- -- -- --
1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 25 36 61 18 6 4 3 7 9
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 7 36 43 4 -- -- -- -- --
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 17 0 4 4 2 -- -- -- -- --
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 53 15 23 38 18 -- -- -- -- --
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 18 37 55 35 -- -- -- -- --
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 14 29 43 42 -- -- -- -- --
1983-84 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 69 9 32 41 36 -- -- -- -- --
OHA Totals (4 Seasons) 95 45 112 157 243
WHL Totals (2 Seasons) 77 27 41 68 30 4 1 1 2 2
CHL Totals (2 Seasons) 111 26 56 82 118 11 1 9 10 18
NHL Totals (16 Seasons) 955 214 392 606 469 15 7 5 12 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'London Free Press, February 18, 2006.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
None
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
1963
Succeeded by
Tom Raymond Martin