Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ab McDonald
Left-winger Ab McDonald was a creative offensive player who could also stay with his check and kill penalties. He played nearly 800 games for six different clubs in a career that lasted from the late 1950s to the early '70s.

The Winnipeg native excelled in the MJHL with the St. Boniface Canadians, before joining the OHA's St. Catharines Teepees. After scoring a combined 82 goals during his two years with St. Kitts, McDonald enjoyed two solid years in the AHL with the Rochester Americans.

The young forward dressed for two playoff games with the Montreal Canadiens when they won their third consecutive Stanley Cup in 1958. The next year, he scored 13 goals as a rookie working on a line with Ralph Backstrom and Don Marshall and was a part of two more Stanley Cup triumphs. Still, he was not popular with the Forum patrons who expected him to be as good as the man he replaced, Bert Olmstead.

In June 1960, McDonald was acquired by the Chicago Black Hawks and helped the team win its first Stanley Cup in 23 years. He also worked on the original "Scooter" Line with Ken Wharram and Stan Mikita and notched two 20-goal seasons.

McDonald spent a year with the Boston Bruins then helped the Detroit Red Wings reach the Stanley Cup finals the next year. In June 1967, the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Expansion Draft claimed the crafty veteran. He scored 22 goals while teamed with Andy Bathgate and Val Fonteyne then was traded in the off-season to the St. Louis Blues for Lou Angotti. McDonald spent two years in Missouri, helped the club reach the Stanley Cup finals twice and recorded a personal best 25 goals in 1969-70. He also participated in the 1969 and 1970 NHL All-Star Games.

The veteran winger toiled briefly for the Detroit Red Wings in 1971-72 then played two years in the WHA with the Winnipeg Jets. In 1972-73, he was credited with notching the first regular season goal in franchise history. In 1973, McDonald was a integral part of the club's drive to the league championship series. He retired after scoring 12 goals for the Jets in 1973-74.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1951-52 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 20 20 15 35 17 11 12 23 6
1952-53 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 35 26 24 50 0 8 5 7 12 0
1952-53 St. Boniface Canadiens M-Cup 17 11 12 23 6
1953-54 St. Boniface Canadiens MJHL 35 33 25 58 14 10 7 6 13 4
1953-54 St. Boniface Canadiens M-Cup 8 2 2 4 6
1954-55 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 49 33 37 70 20 10 2 6 8 25
1955-56 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 48 49 34 83 24 6 4 2 6 9
1956-57 Rochester Americans AHL 64 21 31 52 8 9 3 1 4 0
1957-58 Rochester Americans AHL 70 30 33 63 18
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1958-59 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 13 23 36 35 11 1 1 2 6
1959-60 Montreal Canadiens NHL 68 9 13 22 26
1960-61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 61 17 16 33 22 8 2 2 4 0
1961-62 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 65 22 18 40 8 12 6 6 12 0
1962-63 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 69 20 41 61 12 6 2 3 5 9
1963-64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 14 32 46 19 7 2 2 4 0
1964-65 Boston Bruins NHL 60 9 9 18 6
1964-65 Providence Reds AHL 6 2 1 3 2
1965-66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 43 6 16 22 6 10 1 4 5 2
1965-66 Memphis Wings CPHL 20 9 6 15 4
1966-67 Detroit Red Wings NHL 12 2 0 2 2
1966-67 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 61 25 31 56 22 9 5 2 7 4
1967-68 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 22 21 43 38 -4
1968-69 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 21 21 42 12 +19 12 2 1 3 10
1969-70 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 25 30 55 8 +11 16 5 10 15 13
1970-71 St. Louis Blues NHL 20 0 5 5 6 -3
1971-72 Detroit Red Wings NHL 19 2 3 5 0 -8
1971-72 Tidewater Red Wings AHL 41 5 7 12 4
1972-73 Winnipeg Jets WHA 77 17 24 41 16 14 2 5 7 2
1973-74 Winnipeg Jets WHA 70 12 17 29 8 4 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 762 182 248 430 200 84 21 29 50 42


MJHL Second All-Star Team (1953) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1958, 1959, 1961, 1969, 1970) Traded to Chicago by Montreal with Reggie Fleming, Bob Courcy and Cec Hoekstra for Glen Skov, Terry Gray, Bob Bailey, Lorne Ferguson and the rights to Danny Lewicki, June 7, 1960. Traded to Boston by Chicago with Reggie Fleming for Doug Mohns, June 8, 1964. Traded to Detroit by Boston with Bob McCord and Ken Stephanson for Albert Langlois, Ron Harris, Parker MacDonald and Bob Dillabough, May 31, 1965. Claimed by Pittsburgh from Detroit in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to St. Louis by Pittsburgh for Lou Angotti, June 11, 1968. Traded to Detroit by St. Louis with Bob Wall and Mike Lowe to complete transaction that sent Carl Brewer to St. Louis (February 22, 1971), May 12, 1971. Selected by Winnipeg (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972.
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