|Walter Thomas John McKechnie
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 195 pounds
Born: 6.19.47 London, Ontario
|How he arrived: Traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs for Rockies' 3rd round pick in the 1980 E.D.,
How he left: Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings, 10.1.81
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
McKechnie would finally break into the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars in 1968, 5 years and 2 trades after being
drafted by Toronto. I took a head count; he was traded about as many times as Mike Sillinger was in his career.
And being that he was playing in the expansion era, a lot of the trades were to bad teams. But wherever he went, he was
a good contributor offensively. Such as his only full season with the Rockies. A knee injury put an end to what I think
could have been a 50-point season.
He would sign with Detroit for 2 seasons to finish his NHL career. The second one there saw him also serve as an
assistant coach. He would return to the North Stars' organization to be the player-coach for the Salt Lake Golden
Eagles to finish his playing career.
He had adopted Halibutron as his home. During his playing days, he had run a hockey school in the off-seasons. After
retirement, he opened a restaurant there called McKeck's Place.
|Entry Draft: 1963 First Round Pick (6th overall) by the
Toronto Maple Leafs