Craig MacDonald (ice hockey, born 1977)
April 7, 1977 |
Antigonish, NS, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)|
|Played for||Carolina Hurricanes
Tampa Bay Lightning
Columbus Blue Jackets
DEG Metro Stars
|NHL Draft||88th overall, 1996
MacDonald, who has played for the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Calgary Flames and the Chicago Blackhawks, was drafted in the 4th round (88th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers. His rights were transferred to Carolina when the franchise moved there in 1997. With Carolina, he played his first NHL game on January 7, 1999, against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1998–99 NHL season. On January 20, 2004, he was claimed off waivers by the Boston Bruins. On August 11, 2005, he signed as a free agent for the Calgary Flames.
While playing for the Florida Panthers, MacDonald was on a line with Marcus Nilson and Byron Ritchie that was named the John Deere line. They got this name due to them working hard every shift. The John Deere line was reunited in Calgary in the 2005–06 NHL season. On July 2, 2007, MacDonald signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
On December 20, 2007, during a game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, MacDonald was hit by a wrist shot from Toronto defenceman Hal Gill that fractured nine of MacDonald's teeth, only three of which were able to be salvaged. He also required 25–30 stitches to close a cut in his tongue and an additional 50 or so to sew together wounds to the inside of his lip and gums, according to team trainer Tom Mulligan. MacDonald also underwent three root canal surgeries the following morning. He wore a full cage on his helmet to protect him from any further injury.
On July 14, 2008, MacDonald signed a 1-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Craig is also one of the few NHL players who have attended Harvard. He left North America on June 30, 2009, and signed for German Deutsche Eishockey Liga team DEG Metro Stars. After one year with DEG Metro Stars signed on April 6, 2010, with fellow DEL team, Adler Mannheim.
|1997–98||Canadian National Team||Intl||62||18||29||47||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Beast of New Haven||AHL||62||17||31||48||77||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||64||19||22||41||61||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||27||7||20||27||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||2||0||0||0||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||71||10||18||28||104||2||0||0||0||0|
|2005–06||Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights||AHL||13||1||3||4||29||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||65||2||9||11||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||8||1||1||2||0||—||—||—||—||-|
|2009–10||DEG Metro Stars||DEL||56||19||23||42||76||3||2||0||2||0|
Awards and honors
|All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team||1995–96|
- "Columbus Blue Jackets sign free agent Craig MacDonald". bluejackets.nhl.com. 2008-07-14. Archived from the original on 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2009-01-16.
- "DEG attacks! Craig MacDonald moves to the Rhine" (in German). DEG Metro Stars. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
- "Changes in the squad of DEG METRO STARS" (in German). DEG Metro Stars. 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2010-04-06.