Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kilby MacDonald
At the age of twenty, Kilby MacDonald moved from Ottawa to Kirkland Lake, Ontario in search of work. He found it -- in the mines. During the summer months, MacDonald worked a mile below the earth's surface. During the winter, he was given an "easier" job so that he could also play hockey in town.

The easier job was as a safety man -- testing the conditions of how the miners worked. One time, MacDonald tested the side of a mine, found it unsafe, and as he walked away to file his report, the mine collapsed, severely injuring a worker.

While playing in the Gold Belt Hockey League in 1935-36, Kilby MacDonald was noticed by Bill Brydge, who had retired from the New York Americans the previous season and was now scouting for the cross-town Rangers. He was signed to a contract, and joined the Blueshirts in 1939-40, helping New York win the Stanley Cup that season. For his efforts, Kilby McDonald won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's best rookie that same season.

After two years with the Rangers, MacDonald was sent to the AHL, later joining the military during the Second World War. When he returned to the NHL, MacDonald played parts of two seasons for the Rangers before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1930-31 Ottawa Jr. Montagnards OCJHL 15 2 0 2 14
1930-31 Ottawa Montagnards OCHL 4 0 0 0 2
1931-32 Ottawa Jr. Montagnards OCJHL 12 10 7 17 21 2 1 0 1 4
1931-32 Ottawa Montagnards OCHL 1 0 0 0 0
1932-33 Ottawa Jr. Montagnards OCJHL 12 7 7 14 20 2 1 1 2 12
1932-33 Ottawa Montagnards OCHL 1 0 0 0 0
1933-34 Lake Placid Seniors NEHL
1934-35 Kirkland Lake Blue Devils GBHL 13 7 8 15 20
1935-36 Noranda Copper Kings GBHL 16 14 10 24 48
1935-36 Noranda Cooper Kings Al-Cup 2 4 1 5 4
1936-37 New York Rovers EAHL 45 21 22 43 24 3 3 3 6 0
1937-38 Philadelphia Ramblers IAHL 44 10 21 31 12 5 2 3 5 2
1938-39 Philadelphia Ramblers IAHL 49 18 37 55 48 9 4 4 8 0
1939-40 New York Rangers NHL 44 15 13 28 19 12 0 2 2 4
1940-41 New York Rangers NHL 47 5 6 11 12 3 1 0 1 0
1941-42 Hershey Bears AHL 37 14 16 30 16
1941-42 Buffalo Bisons AHL 21 14 14 28 12
1942-43 Montreal Army MCHL 29 11 20 31 10 7 3 6 9 16
1942-43 Montreal Army MCHL 3 1 3 4 0 5 6 6 12 12
1943-44 Montreal Army MCHL 4 0 0 0 0
1943-44 New York Rangers NHL 24 7 9 16 4
1944-45 New York Rangers NHL 36 9 6 15 12
1945-46 Hull Volants QSHL 9 2 4 6 0
NHL Totals 151 36 34 70 47 15 1 2 3 4


EAHL First All-Star Team (1937)
IAHL First All-Star Team (1939)
Calder Trophy (1940)
Traded to Hershey (AHL) by NY Rangers for cash, September 11, 1941. Traded to Buffalo (AHL) by Hershey (AHL) for Bob Gracie, February 2, 1942. Traded to NY Rangers by Montreal (Buffalo-AHL) for Hub Macey, Nestor Lubeck and Spence Tatchell, January 12, 1944.
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