|Lanny King McDonald
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 pounds
Born: 2.16.53 Hanna, Alberta
|How he arrived: Traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs with Joel Quenneville for Wilf Paiement and
Pat Hickey, 12.29.79
How he left: Traded to the Calgary Flames with the Rockies' 4th Round pick in the 1983 E.D. for
Bob MacMillan and Don Lever, 11.25.81
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
If you want proof that the Rockies was becoming a star player's purgatory, I offer you the situation McDonald was in.
As a Maple Leaf, McDonald was flying high, having a great run with one of the great Leafs of all time, Darryl Sittler, as
his center. He had 3 straight 40-goal seasons, which was almost 4, but fell short in 75-76 by 3. And the team was on the
brink of getting to the Stanley Cup finals, only to be turned back by the Montreal Canadiens.
But when Punch Imlach, who helped build the Leafs to prominence in the 60s, became GM in 1979, a feud between him
and Sittler escalated. He got even by trading away every player that was friendly with the star, including McDonald to
It was a shitty situation for the Rockies' new star. He didn't want to move to Denver, but he was a true professional.
Thus, he spent as much time as he could at home in Toronto with his family, only going with the Rockies for game days.
If there was any wear on the man, it wasn't evident in his stats.
Things would get better for him personally, as he would be traded to basically his hometown team, the Calgary Flames,
where he would have his best years of his career and the only Stanley Cup he would win in his last year in the League.
And this was while he was initially dejected that he was traded away from the Rockies; Steve Tambellini helped him put
things in its proper perspective before he would join the Flames.
After he retired, he did get an executive role with the Flames. Frustrated that he didn't get a position overseeing the
hockey operations department, he left for a years. Ken King would ultimately give him that job, which he would hold
He had also worked with Hockey Canada around that time in a similar spot.
|Entry Draft: 1973 First Round Pick (4th overall) by the
Toronto Maple Leafs