|5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
183 lb (83 kg)
|St. Louis Blues|
|Born||August 25, 1977,|
Strathroy, ON, CAN
|Pro Career||2000 – present|
McDonald was first coached by his father, who originally had him play defence, but moved him to forward when it became evident he would be too small to make a career as a defenceman. He played in the Strathroy & District Minor Hockey Association and moved onto the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs AAA team.
Andy played Junior B hockey for the Strathroy Rockets. In 1994–1995, he was named the Rockets Most Valuable Player and had the best plus-minus as a forward. From the OHA he received Eastern Division MVP, League MVP, and the OHA Player of the Year. In 1995–1996, he again had the best plus-minus as a forward, was Rocket Player of the Year, MVP, and Playoff MVP. He also received the Eastern Division MVP, League MVP, and League Player of the Year that season. In the playoffs Andy scored the game winning goal in overtime of game six against the Aylmer Aces that gave the Rockets a huge upset win and their first playoff series win in 19 years.
After being spotted playing in the Western Ontario Junior B Hockey League by Stan Moore and Chris Wells, Andy spent four years with a full scholarship at Colgate University alongside fellow Strathroy native Darryl Campbell, the older brother of the Chicago Blackhawks' Brian Campbell. He led the Division I Red Raiders, culminating his career there with an ECAC scoring championship, being named the ECAC Player of the Year, being selected for the ECAC All-Star Team and was a finalist for the coveted Hobey Baker Award and an All-American. He graduated with a degree in International Relations.
On January 19, 2007, McDonald was selected to play in his first NHL All-Star game, replacing Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg who was injured. During the skills competition, McDonald won the fastest skater challenge, finishing with a time of 14.03 seconds (Mike Gartner holds the record of 13.386).
On June 4, 2007, during game four of the Stanley Cup finals against the Ottawa Senators, McDonald contributed on all 3 of the Ducks goals, scoring two goals and an assist, en route to a 3–2 victory. McDonald was named the first star of the game on the official scoresheet. He finished with five goals in the series as the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in five games.
McDonald fractured his leg in a game against the Montreal Canadiens on November 16, 2008.
McDonald signed a four year extension with the Blues in February 2009.
McDonald and his wife Gina celebrated the birth of their first child, Jake Gene McDonald, on October 8, 2007 at 12:50 p.m. Jake was 7 lbs., 5 oz.
Awards and achievements
- 1998–99 – ECAC – Second Team All-Conference Team
- 1999–00 – NCAA – East First All-America Team
- 1999–00 – ECAC – Player of the Year
- 1999–00 – ECAC – First Team All-Conference Team
- 2006–07 – NHL – Fastest Skater (All-Star Skills Competition)
- 2006–07 – NHL – Stanley Cup (Anaheim)
|1995-96||Strathroy Blades Jr.B.||OHA||49||37||49||86||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||16||1||0||1||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Cincinnati Mighty Ducks||AHL||46||15||25||40||21||3||0||1||1||2|
|2001–02||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||53||7||21||28||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Cincinnati Mighty Ducks||AHL||21||7||25||32||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||46||10||11||21||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||79||9||21||30||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||34||51||85||32||16||2||7||9||10|
|2007–08||St. Louis Blues||NHL||49||14||22||36||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||St. Louis Blues||NHL||46||15||29||44||24||4||1||3||4||0|
|2009–10||St. Louis Blues||NHL||79||24||33||57||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||St. Louis Blues||NHL||58||20||30||50||26|
- McDonald spent the lockout season playing overseas in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga with team ERC Ingolstadt, along with fellow NHLers Marco Sturm, Jamie Langenbrunner, and Aaron Ward.
- McDonald represented Team Canada at the 2002 World Championships in Sweden, where he led the team in goals and points.
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