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Nathan MacKinnon
Born (1995-09-01)September 1, 1995,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team Colorado Avalanche
Ntl. team Flag of Canada.jpg Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2013
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2013–present

Nathan MacKinnon (born September 1, 1995) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward and an alternate captain for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). MacKinnon was selected first overall by the Avalanche in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career

Early life

MacKinnon grew up playing in the minor ice hockey system of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.[1] As an atom aged player, MacKinnon recorded 200 points in 50 games.[2] When MacKinnon was 12 and 13, he played Bantam AAA for the Cole Harbour Red Wings, recording seasons of 110 and 145 points, respectively.[2] After these two seasons, MacKinnon enrolled at Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota.[3] MacKinnon chose to leave his hometown and attend the Minnesota boarding school because of the strength of its ice hockey program.[3] In his first season at Shattuck-Saint Mary's playing with the Bantam Tier I program, he scored 101 points in 58 games to finish second in team scoring.[4] For the 2010–11 season, MacKinnon joined the under-16 Midget program at the school. Despite being the team's second-youngest player, MacKinnon was averaging more than two points a game and was second in team scoring at the midway point of the season.[2] During the season, MacKinnon was named to the team that represented Nova Scotia in the 2011 Canada Winter Games.[5] At the tournament, MacKinnon scored eight goals and eleven points to finish fourth in tournament scoring as Nova Scotia finished in seventh place.[6] MacKinnon finished his second season at Shattuck-Saint Mary's with 93 points in 40 games played and was second on the team with 45 goals scored.[7]


Heading into the 2011 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Draft, MacKinnon was widely regarded as the favourite to be selected first overall and was ranked by QMJHL Central Scouting as the best available player.[8] Despite this, MacKinnon spent the day of the draft skating with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), as he was considering playing either college ice hockey in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or major junior ice hockey in the QMJHL.[9] On June 4, 2011, MacKinnon was selected first overall by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the 2011 QMJHL Draft.[10] Because MacKinnon did not speak French, there was speculation that he would follow through with his option to play in the USHL until he was eligible for the NCAA, unless his rights were traded to a different QMJHL team.[11] On July 13, 2011, MacKinnon's rights were traded to the Halifax Mooseheads for Carl Gélinas, Francis Turbide, the Mooseheads' firs- round draft picks in 2012 and 2013 and the Quebec Remparts' firs- round draft pick in 2013, previously acquired by Halifax.[12] The Mooseheads had been attempting to acquire MacKinnon since Baie-Comeau was awarded the first overall pick in the 2011 draft.[13] MacKinnon scored his first QMJHL hat-trick on December 3, 2011, scoring five goals in a 6–4 victory over the Quebec Remparts.[14] In a league of 18- and 19-year-olds, MacKinnon was only 16 when he accomplished this. Ironically, the opposing coach for the Remparts was his future coach with the Colorado Avalanche, NHL Hall of Famer Patrick Roy. With five goals in one game, he tied the Mooseheads record for the most goals in a single game held by Jason King.[15]

On May 26, 2013, MacKinnon led the Mooseheads to their first Memorial Cup championship. He was also named Most Valuable Player, scoring a tournament-best seven goals and six assists in four games, and earned a spot on the Tournament All-Star Team

On June 24, 2013, leading up to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, head coach Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche, who owned the first overall selection, stated publicly that his team would select MacKinnon if the draft were held then, despite widespread speculation that the team was likely to select defenceman Seth Jones, who grew up in Denver, Colorado.[16] "It would be tough for us not to take MacKinnon," Roy told ESPN, The Magazine. Roy also refused to rule out trading the pick.[17] On June 26, 2013, Avalanche Director of Amateur Scouting Richard Pracey said during a conference call that the team had MacKinnon in their sights. "As of today, we're leaning on Nathan MacKinnon," Pracey said.[18] On June 30, 2013, the Avalanche did indeed use their first overall pick in the draft to select MacKinnon.[19]


MacKinnon with the Colorado Avalanche in November 2014.

MacKinnon was signed to his first NHL contract, a three-year entry-level deal, with the Avalanche on July 9, 2013.[20] MacKinnon made his NHL debut to begin the 2013–14 season on October 2, 2013, becoming the youngest hockey player to ever dress in a regular-season game for the Colorado Avalanche franchise, registering two assists in a 6–1 victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks.[21] MacKinnon scored his first NHL goal on October 12, 2013, against Michal Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals during the second period at the Verizon Center.[22]

During the season MacKinnon's role increased, as he was placed on the top two offensive lines. He claimed his first NHL record in becoming the youngest player to record back-to-back two-goal games from January 4–6, 2014, beating Dale Hawerchuk's of the original Winnipeg Jets from 1981. MacKinnon later compiled a 13-game point streak from January 25, to March 6, surpassing Wayne Gretzky (who turned 19 during his first season) to have the longest scoring streak by an 18-year-old in NHL history.[23] MacKinnon finished the regular season appearing in all 82 games and led all rookies with 24 goals and 39 assists for 63 points. MacKinnon became just the third player in the NHL to record seven points in his first two playoff games with a goal and six assists in the first two contests against the Minnesota Wild in the opening round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. On June 24, 2014, MacKinnon won the Calder Memorial Trophy for the rookie of the year, becoming the youngest player to ever win this trophy and third in Avalanche history behind Chris Drury and Gabriel Landeskog.[24] He was subsequently selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

MacKinnon recorded his first career NHL hat trick on February 22, 2015, in a 5–4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is the youngest player in Avalanche history to record a hat trick.[25]

On July 8, 2016, MacKinnon as a restricted free agent re-signed with the Avalanche, agreeing to a 7–year, $44.1 million contract that averages $6.3 million per season.[26] Later in the offseason, on October 13, 2016, MacKinnon was announced as an alternate captain for the Avalanche.[27]

MacKinnon would play his first NHL All-Star game January 29, 2017 as, the lone representative of the Colorado Avalanche.[28]

International play

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
World Championships
Gold 2015 Czech Republic
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2012 Piešťany

MacKinnon's first experience with Hockey Canada came when he was named to the Canada Atlantic team for the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[29] Despite being the second-youngest player at the tournament, MacKinnon scored five goals and eight points in only five games to finish seventh in tournament scoring.[2][30] This included a game in which he scored two goals and two assists to be named player of the game as Canada Atlantic defeated Finland 4–3.[31] His impressive play helped Canada Atlantic to its best finish since the 2005 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, defeating Canada West 2–1 in the fifth place game.[32] The following year, MacKinnon was named to the Canada Atlantic team for the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario.[33]

On December 13, 2012, MacKinnon was named a member of team Canada for the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships along with Mooseheads teammate Jonathan Drouin.[34]

At the 2015 World Championships, where Canada won the gold medal for the first time since 2007 with a perfect 10-0 record, MacKinnon finished the tournament with 4 goals and 5 assists.[35]

MacKinnon was a member of Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He played on the third line alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Cole Harbour Red Wings Bantam AAA 50 110
2008–09 Cole Harbour Red Wings Bantam AAA 35 145
2009–10 Shattuck-Saint Mary's Bantam AAA 58 54 47 101 56
2010–11 Shattuck-Saint Mary's Midget AAA 40 45 48 93 72
2011–12 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 58 31 47 78 45 17 13 15 28 12
2012–13 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 44 32 43 75 45 17 11 22 33 12
2013–14 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 24 39 63 26 7 2 8 10 4
2014–15 Colorado Avalanche NHL 64 14 24 38 34
2015–16 Colorado Avalanche NHL 72 21 31 52 20
2016-17 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 17 36 53 16
NHL totals 300 76 130 206 96 7 2 8 10 4


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada Atlantic U17 5th 5 5 3 8 0
2012 Canada Atlantic U17 7th 5 1 3 4 2
2012 Canada IH18 1st 5 5 6 11 18
2013 Canada WJC 4th 6 0 1 1 4
2014 Canada WC 5th 8 1 3 4 8
2015 Canada WC Gold medal icon.svg 10 4 5 9 6
2016 Team North America WCH 5th 3 2 1 3 2
Junior totals 21 11 13 24 24
Senior totals 21 7 9 16 16

Awards and honours

Award Year
Ed Chynoweth Trophy 2013
Memorial Cup Championship 2013
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy 2013
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2013 [36]
Calder Memorial Trophy 2014
All-Rookie Team 2014
NHL All-Star Game 2017


MacKinnon appeared on the Canadian television show Mr.D. He played Nathan, a young hockey player in Mr. D's class who was in detention for missing too much school playing hockey. Mr. D (portrayed by Gerry Dee) is oblivious to his talent and reprimands him. He also appeared as himself in Trailer Park Boys, Season 11 Episode 7 at Ricky's ball hockey camp.


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  26. You must specify title = and url = when using {{cite web}}.. Retrieved on July 9, 2016.
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  32. Nicholson, Matthew. "Atlantic earns best finish since '05 with win over West", Hockey Canada, 2011-01-03. Retrieved on 2011-01-05. 
  33. "Team Atlantic male U17 official roster announced", Hockey New Brunswick, 2011-11-23. Retrieved on 2011-12-26. 
  34. Team Canada heading overseas with lockout questions looming. The Sports Network (2012-12-14). Retrieved on 2013-01-02.
  35. Canada’s National Men’s Team wins gold medal at 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Hockey Canada (May 17, 2015). Retrieved on June 21, 2015.
  36. Memorial Cup All-Star Teams

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nail Yakupov
NHL first overall draft pick
Succeeded by
Aaron Ekblad
Preceded by
Duncan Siemens
Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Conner Bleackley
Preceded by
Jonathan Huberdeau
Winner of the Calder Trophy
Succeeded by
Aaron Ekblad