Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John McKinnon
Defenceman John McKinnon was a useful goal scorer from the point who played over 200 games in the 1920s and '30s. He could also make quick passes and play the body in his own zone.

Born in Guysborough, Nova Scotia, McKinnon first made a name for himself in the USAHA with the Cleveland Indians and Fort Pitt Hornets. In November 1925, he signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens but spent most of the season in the CHL with the Minneapolis Millers.

Prior to the 1926-27 season, the talented rearguard was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash. He scored 13 goals in 44 games that year then helped the team reach the playoffs in 1927-28. As the Great Depression neared, the Pirated were struggling on and off the ice. One of the lone bright spots in 1929-30 was McKinnon's ten goals and overall hustle. He remained with the team when it relocated to Philadelphia and went on to post a humiliating 4-36-4 record in 1930-31.

McKinnon spent his last seven years as a player in the AHA with three different clubs. In 1931-32, he scored 16 goals for the Kansas City Pla-mors. He later won league championships with the Kansas City Greyounds in 1933 and the St. Louis Flyers in 1936. After retiring in 1938, McKinnon spent a year as the Flyers' coach.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1923-24 Cleveland Indians USAHA 10 0 0 0
1924-25 Fort Pitt Panthers USAHA 23 24 0 24 8 2 0 2
1925-26 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1925-26 Minneapolis Millers CHL 32 12 8 20 44 3 3 1 4 6
1926-27 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 44 13 0 13 21
1927-28 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 43 3 3 6 71 2 0 0 0 4
1928-29 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 39 1 0 1 44
1929-30 Pittsburgh Pirates NHL 41 10 7 17 42
1930-31 Philadelphia Quakers NHL 39 1 1 2 46
1931-32 Kansas City Pla-Mors AHA 48 16 4 20 65 3 0 0 0 2
1932-33 Kansas City Pla-Mors AHA 32 7 4 11 32 4 0 0 0 2
1933-34 Oklahoma City Warriors AHA 46 10 4 14 16
1934-35 Oklahoma City Warriors AHA 43 3 4 7 15
1935-36 St. Louis Flyers AHA 39 1 9 10 12 8 2 2 4 16
1936-37 St. Louis Flyers AHA 47 5 9 14 16 6 1 0 1 2
1937-38 St. Louis Flyers AHA 7 0 0 0 2
1938-39 St. Louis Flyers AHA
NHL Totals 208 28 11 39 224 2 0 0 0 4


Signed as a free agent by Montreal, November 23, 1925. Traded to Pittsburgh by Montreal for cash, October 28, 1926. Transferred to Philadelphia after Pittsburgh franchise relocated, October 18, 1930.
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