Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave MacKay
In an era when the average size of hockey players was 5'9", Dave MacKay was a giant of an NHL prospect. The hulking defenseman was considered one of the best amateur prospects in Canada while playing for the University of Alberta Polar Bears, and the Chicago Black Hawks were quick to sign MacKay. In fact, one newspaper identified Dave MacKay as "the greatest looking pro prospect uncovered since the amateur days of Eddie Shore, Ching Johnson, and Joe Simpson."

While attending university, MacKay played both hockey and football, starring in both sports. The Black Hawks summoned MacKay to the NHL during the 1940-41 season, and in 29 games, 'Red' scored three goals and added 26 penalty minutes. These would be the only NHL statistics attached to his name. The Alberta Military Authority rejected MacKay's request to return to Chicago for the 1941-42 season, so he signed as a free agent with the Nanaimo Clippers of the Pacific Coast Hockey League.

Dave MacKay joined the military, and, after serving his country, he returned to the PCHL (this time, with the New Westminster Royals). MacKay never returned to the NHL, and never got to prove that he might have been in the rarefied air of the Hall of Fame members to whom he had one, long ago, been compared.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1936-37 Edmonton Athletic Club EJrHL 6 3 1 4 12 3 0 1 1 0
1937-38 University of Alberta ESrHL 22 17 9 26 59
1938-39 University of Alberta ESrHL 19 19 5 24 60
1939-40 Edmonton Flyers ESrHL 9 3 1 4 8
1940-41 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 29 3 0 3 26 5 0 1 1 2
1940-41 Providence Reds AHL 2 5 7 6
1941-42 Nanaimo Clippers PCHL 27 3 0 3 26 5 0 1 1 2
1942-43 Nanaimo Clippers PCHL 14 17 14 31 24 3 3 0 3 4
1943-44 Nanaimo Army NNDHL 14 8 4 12 33
1943-44 Vancouver Army NNDHL 3 2 2 4 2
1944-45 Petawawa Engineers OVHL
1945-46
1946-47
1947-48 New Westminster Royals PCHL 13 3 11 14 47 5 1 1 2 14
1948-49 New Westminster Royals PCHL 3 0 0 0 8
1949-50 Vernon Canadians OSHL 43 13 9 22 86 4 2 1 3 8
1950-51 Vernon Canadians OSHL 51 8 14 22 65 10 1 2 3 20
1951-52 Vernon Canadians OSHL 5 0 1 1 4
1952-53 Vernon Canadians OSHL
1953-54 Vernon Canadians OSHL 43 5 25 30 51
NHL Totals 29 3 0 3 26 5 0 1 1 2


OSHL First All-Star Team (1951) Alberta Military Authority rejected his request to go to Chicago, October 10, 1941. Signed as a free agent by Nanaimo (PCHL), November 4, 1941.
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