Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nathan MacKinnon
Nathan MacKinnon was born on September 1, 1995, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A star from an early age, MacKinnon recorded 145 points for the Cole Harbour Red Wings (Bantam AAA) in just 35 games in 2008-09. From there he would enroll at Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota, a school attended previously by fellow Nova Scotian, Sidney Crosby. MacKinnon would spend two successful seasons at Shattuck-Saint Mary's before making his major junior debut in the QMJHL.

Widely regarded at the best player available, Mackinnon was selected first overall in the 2011 QMJHL draft by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. MacKinnon however does not speak French and for that reason was apprehensive about joining the club. One month later Baie-Comeau came to terms on a trade that would send MacKinnon to his hometown Halifax Mooseheads.

In his first season with the Mooseheads MacKinnon would produce an impressive 78 points in just 58 games. The following year would be more of the same for the crafty centreman. In 44 games he would tally 32 goals and 43 assists for 74 points. The season would culminate with the Mooseheads capturing junior hockey's greatest prize, the Memorial Cup, with MacKinnon earning the Ed Chynoweth Trophy as the tournament's top scorer and the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player.

Leading up to the 2013 NHL draft, MacKinnon was once again the consensus best player available and was selected first overall by the Colorado Avalanche. He would make his NHL debut for the Avalanche on October 2, 2013, the youngest player ever to do so for the Avalanche. He picked up a pair of assists in a 6-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. MacKinnon would go on to record 24 goals, 39 assists and 63 points during the 2013-14 season, all tops for first-year NHL players. At year's end he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.

MacKinnon reached the 30-goal mark during the 2017-18 season, finishing the year with 39. He also added 58 assists for 97 points. The following year, while playing largely with linemates Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog, MacKinnon surpassed the 40-goal mark for the first time in his career, while also establishing a new career-high in points with 99.

On the international stage, MacKinnon represented Canada at the 2015 World Championships, where he helped his homeland to the gold medal. Finishing the tournament with four goals and five assists as Canada went a perfect 10-0.

At the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, MacKinnon was a member of Team North America, where he played on a line alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2009-10 Shattuck St. Mary's Bantam High-MN 58 54 47 101 56
2010-11 Shattuck St. Mary's Midget High-MN 40 45 48 93 72
2011-12 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 58 31 47 78 45 +11 17 13 15 28 12
2012-13 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 44 32 43 75 45 +40 17 11 22 33 12
2012-13 Halifax Mooseheads M-Cup 4 7 6 13 0
2013-14 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 24 39 63 26 +20 7 2 8 10 4
2013-14 Canada WC-A 7 1 3 4 8 +3
2014-15 Colorado Avalanche NHL 64 14 24 38 34 -7
2014-15 Canada WC-A 10 4 5 9 6 +6
2015-16 Colorado Avalanche NHL 72 21 31 52 20 -4
2016-17 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 16 37 53 16 -14
2016-17 Canada WC-A 10 6 9 15 6 +6
2017-18 Colorado Avalanche NHL 74 39 58 97 55 +11 6 3 3 6 4
NHL Totals 374 114 189 303 151 13 5 11 16 8


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (2013) Memorial Cup All-Star Team (2013) Ed Chynoweth Trophy (Memorial Cup - Leading Scorer) (2013) Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup - MVP) (2013) NHL All-Rookie Team (2014) Calder Memorial Trophy (2014) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2017)
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