Andy McDonald (ice hockey)

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Andy McDonald
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Andy McDonald playing for the Anaheim Ducks in 2006–07
Born (1977-08-25) August 25, 1977 (age 40)
Strathroy, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing/Centre
Shot Left
Played for Anaheim Ducks
St. Louis Blues
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2000–2013

Andy McDonald (born August 25, 1977) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played for the Anaheim Ducks and the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL), winning the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007.

Playing career[edit]

McDonald was first coached by his father, who originally had him play defence, but moved him to forward when it became evident he would be too small to make a career as a defenceman.[1] He played in the Strathroy & District Minor Hockey Association and moved onto the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs AAA team.

Andy played Junior B hockey for the Strathroy Rockets. In 1994–1995, he was named the Rockets Most Valuable Player and had the best plus-minus as a forward. From the OHA he received Eastern Division MVP, League MVP, and the OHA Player of the Year. In 1995–1996, he again had the best plus-minus as a forward, was Rocket Player of the Year, MVP, and Playoff MVP. He also received the Eastern Division MVP, League MVP, and League Player of the Year that season. In the playoffs Andy scored the game-winning goal in overtime of game six against the Aylmer Aces that gave the Rockets a huge upset win and their first playoff series win in 19 years.

After being spotted playing in the Western Ontario Junior Hockey League by Stan Moore and Chris Wells, Andy spent four years with a full scholarship at Colgate University alongside fellow Strathroy native Darryl Campbell, the older brother of NHL defenseman Brian Campbell.[2] He led the Division I Red Raiders, culminating his career there with an ECAC scoring championship, being named the ECAC Player of the Year, being selected for the ECAC All-Star Team and was a finalist for the coveted Hobey Baker Award and an All-American. He graduated with a degree in International Relations.

He went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by Anaheim in 2000. On December 3, 2000, he scored his first NHL goal against Jamie Storr of the Los Angeles Kings. McDonald represented Team Canada at the 2002 World Championships in Sweden, where he led the team in goals and points.

Concussion problems plagued his first three seasons with the Ducks, and he was forced to sit and watch when the team made a run at the Stanley Cup in 2003.

McDonald spent the 2004–05 lockout season playing overseas in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga with team ERC Ingolstadt, along with fellow NHLers Marco Sturm, Jamie Langenbrunner, and Aaron Ward.

On January 19, 2007, McDonald was selected to play in his first NHL All-Star game, replacing Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg who was injured. During the skills competition, McDonald won the fastest skater challenge, finishing with a time of 14.03 seconds (Dylan Larkin holds the record of 13.172).

On June 4, 2007, during game four of the Stanley Cup finals against the Ottawa Senators, McDonald contributed on all 3 of the Ducks goals, scoring two goals and an assist, en route to a 3–2 victory. McDonald was named the first star of the game on the official scoresheet. He finished with five goals in the series as the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in five games.

On December 14, 2007, in order for the Anaheim Ducks to free up salary cap space for Scott Niedermayer, McDonald was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Doug Weight.

McDonald fractured his leg in a game against the Montreal Canadiens on November 16, 2008. Despite this McDonald later returned and in February 2009, he signed a four-year extension with the Blues.[3]

McDonald announced his retirement on June 6, 2013, citing concussion issues as the main reason for his decision.[4]

Personal[edit]

McDonald and his wife Gina celebrated the birth of their first child, Jake Gene McDonald, on October 8, 2007 at 12:50 p.m. Jake was 7 lbs., 5 oz.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Strathroy Rockets Jr. B. OHA 49 37 49 86 32
1996–97 Colgate Red Raiders ECAC Hockey 33 9 10 19 16
1997–98 Colgate Red Raiders ECAC Hockey 35 13 19 32 26
1998–99 Colgate Red Raiders ECAC Hockey 35 20 26 46 42
1999–00 Colgate Red Raiders ECAC Hockey 34 25 33 58 49
2000–01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 16 1 0 1 6
2000–01 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 46 15 25 40 21 3 0 1 1 2
2001–02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 53 7 21 28 10
2001–02 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 21 7 25 32 6
2002–03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 46 10 11 21 14
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 79 9 21 30 24
2004–05 ERC Ingolstadt DEL 36 13 17 30 26 10 5 2 7 35
2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 34 51 85 32 16 2 7 9 10
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 27 51 78 46 21 10 4 14 10
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 33 4 12 16 30
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 49 14 22 36 32
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 46 15 29 44 24 4 1 3 4 0
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 24 33 57 18
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 58 20 30 50 26
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 25 10 12 22 2 9 5 5 10 8
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 37 7 14 21 16 6 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 685 182 307 489 280 56 18 19 37 28

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Canada WC 6th 7 4 1 5 0
Senior totals 7 4 1 5 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
NCAA
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 1998–99
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1999–00
ECAC Player of the Year 2000
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2000
NHL
All-Star Skills Fastest Skater 2007
Stanley Cup 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Perfect Fit". USCHO.com. 2009-10-04. Retrieved 2009-10-04. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "BODO EARNS DIVISION I SCHOLARSHIP". pointstreaksites.com. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  3. ^ "McDonald gets four year deal". Sporting News. 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2011-06-02. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Blues' McDonald retires, concerned with concussions". TSN. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  5. ^ "McDonalds welcome baby". Orange County Register. 2007-10-09. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Eric Heffler
ECAC Hockey Player of the Year
1999–00
Succeeded by
Erik Anderson