Mark McCutcheon

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Mark McCutcheon
Born (1984-05-21) May 21, 1984 (age 33)
Ithaca, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Lake Erie Monsters
Portland Pirates
Manitoba Moose
Vålerenga IF
DEG Metro Stars
HC Bolzano
Aalborg Pirates
Belfast Giants
NHL Draft 146th overall, 2003
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2007–present

Mark McCutcheon (born May 21, 1984, in Ithaca, New York) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played with the Belfast Giants of the EIHL. Mark is the son of former Buffalo Sabres Associate Coach and former NHL player Brian McCutcheon.

Playing career[edit]

McCutcheon was drafted 146th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Mark played collegiate hockey with Cornell University for four years before he made his professional debut in the 2007–08 season with Avalanche affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. After two seasons with the Monsters, Mark left as a free agent leading the Monsters in games played by a forward with 128.

On October 9, 2009, Mark signed with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL for the 2009–10 season.[1] McCutcheon played 3 games with the Steelheads, including scoring the first goal of the season for Idaho, before he was loaned to the Portland Pirates of the AHL on October 23, 2009.[2] Despite scoring two goals in five games Mark was released from the Pirates. However before returning to the Steelheads he was signed by fellow AHL team, the Manitoba Moose, on November 3, 2009.[3] Going scoreless in 12 games with the Moose, he was reunited with the Steelheads, posting 18 points in 15 post-season games to advance to the Kelly Cup finals before defeat to the Cincinnati Cyclones.

On August 2, 2010, Mark left North America and signed a one-year contract with Norwegian team Vålerenga of the GET-ligaen.[4] Emerging as one of the league's best with 23 points in 16 games, Mark was noticed by German DEL team, DEG Metro Stars, and was offered an immediate one-year contract with the consent of Vålerenga on November 15, 2010.[5]

Unable to replicate his success with the Metro Stars, McCutcheon left at season's conclusion and signed a contract with Italian Serie A club, HC Bolzano, on August 29, 2011.[6] In his second season with Bolzano in 2012–13, McCutcheon led the team and finished 5th in league scoring with 60 points in 44 games.

On May 22, 2013, McCutcheon signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with no out clause in returning to former Norwegian club Vålerenga.[7]

After a brief stint with Danish club, Aalborg Pirates of the Metal Ligaen, McCutcheon continued his journeyman career in signing a one-year contract with Irish club, Belfast Giants of the EIHL on August 5, 2014.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Rochester Jr. Americans NAHL 2 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Buffalo Lightning OPJHL 49 4 9 13 109
2002–03 New England Jr. Coyotes EJHL 36 24 26 50 84
2003–04 New England Jr. Coyotes EJHL 50 38 29 67 110 10 8 5 13 24
2003–04 Cornell University ECAC 32 0 4 4 12
2004–05 Cornell University ECAC 22 0 5 5 12
2005–06 Cornell University ECAC 34 9 6 15 134
2006–07 Cornell University ECAC 29 10 10 20 32
2007–08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 63 2 7 9 73
2008–09 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 9 3 1 4 14
2008–09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 65 6 11 17 70
2009–10 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 34 14 32 46 52 15 8 10 18 14
2009–10 Portland Pirates AHL 5 2 0 2 2
2009–10 Manitoba Moose AHL 12 0 0 0 13
2010–11 Vålerenga GET 16 11 12 23 24
2010–11 DEG Metro Stars DEL 33 3 5 8 8 9 0 0 0 2
2011–12 HC Bolzano ITL 39 8 15 23 32 12 4 3 7 8
2012–13 HC Bolzano ITL 44 26 34 60 20 6 3 2 5 4
2013–14 Vålerenga GET 30 7 18 25 16
2013–14 Aalborg Pirates DEN 2 0 1 1 0 11 1 1 2 6
2014–15 Belfast Giants EIHL 35 5 18 23 8 1 1 1 2 0
AHL totals 145 10 18 28 158

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steelheads, McCutcheon agree to terms". Idaho Steelheads. 2009-10-09. Archived from the original on 2009-10-23. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  2. ^ "Pirates sign McCutcheon". Portland Pirates. 2009-10-23. Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Ex-Pirate answers call". Manitoba Moose. 2009-11-03. Archived from the original on 2009-11-21. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  4. ^ "Cato Cocozza and Mark McCutcheon ready for Vålerenga" (in Norwegian). Vålerenga IF. 2010-08-02. Archived from the original on 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  5. ^ "McCutcheon to Germany" (in Norwegian). Vålerenga IF. 2010-11-15. Archived from the original on 2010-12-24. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  6. ^ "Mark McCutcheon completes Bolzano offence" (in Italian). HC Bolzano. 2011-08-29. Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  7. ^ "Vålerenga pick McCutcheon returned to Norway" (in Norwegian). tv2.no. 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  8. ^ "Forward Mark McCutcheon signs with Belfast Giants". Belfast Giants. 2014-08-05. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 

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