Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Lowell MacDonald
Lowell MacDonald began his career with the Detroit Red Wings organization during the Original Six era. First getting into an NHL game in 1961-62, MacDonald played but 46 games over four seasons with the Wings before he was traded to Toronto in a blockbuster deal.

On May 20, 1965, Lowell MacDonald was sent to the Leafs along with Marcel Pronovost, Larry Jeffrey, Eddie Joyal, and Aut Erickson for Andy Bathgate, Billy Harris, and Gary Jarrett. MacDonald, however, never stepped on the ice at Maple Leaf Gardens, and was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1967 Expansion Draft.

Playing regularly, MacDonald showed the scoring touch he had exhibited in junior. But during the Kings' training camp in Barrie, Ontario prior to the 1969-70 season, he packed his suitcase and retired, citing a manic fear of flying. After much of the season had expired, the Kings were able to convince him to report to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

That summer, Pittsburgh claimed him from the Kings, but early into the 1970-71 season, MacDonald damaged his knee and was sidelined for virtually two seasons. The surgeries and rest did his knee a world of good, and he joined the Penguins for 1972-73, enjoying an outstanding season and winning the Masterton Trophy for his perseverance and dedication to hockey. But after four strong seasons, he injured his shoulder, and MacDonald struggled through two more painful seasons, retiring after 1977-78.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1959-60 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 48 17 19 36 7
1960-61 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 48 26 28 54 15 11 6 9 15 4
1961-62 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 50 46 39 85 10 10 7 5 12 8
1961-62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 2
1961-62 Hamilton Red Wings M-Cup 14 17 7 24 14
1962-63 Detroit Red Wings NHL 26 2 1 3 8 1 0 0 0 2
1962-63 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 41 20 19 39 4
1963-64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 10 1 4 5 0
1963-64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 59 31 29 60 6 5 3 1 4 2
1964-65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 9 2 1 3 0
1964-65 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 59 16 20 36 10 2 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 57 33 25 58 4 11 5 4 9 0
1966-67 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 33 14 17 31 8
1967-68 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 21 24 45 12 -11 7 3 4 7 2
1968-69 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 14 14 28 10 -11 7 2 3 5 0
1968-69 Springfield Kings AHL 9 6 9 15 0
1969-70 Springfield Kings AHL 14 4 3 7 0 3 0 0 0 0
1970-71 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 10 0 1 1 0 -6
1971-72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHLMGNT
1972-73 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 34 41 75 8 +37
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 43 39 82 14 +17
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 27 33 60 24 +16 9 4 2 6 4
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 69 30 43 73 12 +14 3 1 0 1 0
1976-77 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 1 1 2 0 -1 3 1 2 3 4
1977-78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 19 5 8 13 2 0
NHL Totals 506 180 210 390 92 30 11 11 22 12


OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1962)
Bill Masterton Trophy (1973) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1973, 1974)
Traded to Toronto by Detroit with Marcel Pronovost, Eddie Joyal, Larry Jeffrey and Aut Erickson for Andy Bathgate, Billy Harris and Gary Jarrett, May 20, 1965. Claimed by Los Angeles from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967.
Missed majority of 1969-70 season in retirement. Claimed by Pittsburgh from Los Angeles in Intra-League Draft, June 9, 1970.
Missed majority of 1970-71 and entire 1971-72 due to knee injury vs. Los Angeles, October 21, 1970.
Missed majority of 1976-77 and 1977-78 due to shoulder injury originally vs. Detroit, December 10, 1975.
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