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BLAIR MACDONALD

#14

Right Wing

Born 11/17/1953

Cornwall, ON

Height: 5' 10"

Weight: 180 lbs

Shoots: Right

          Selected by Los Angeles Kings in Round 6 (#86 overall) in 1973 NHL Amateur Draft.

          Selected by Alberta Oilers in Round 3 (#30 overall) in 1973 WHA Amateur Draft, February 12, 1972.

          Traded to Indianapolis (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) for future considerations, December, 1976.

          Traded back to Edmonton (WHA) by Indianapolis (WHA) along with Dave Inkpen and Mike Zuke for Kevin Devine, Barry Wilkins, Rusty Patenaude and Claude St. Sauveur, September, 1977.

          Rights retained by Edmonton prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979.

          Traded to Vancouver by Edmonton along with the rights to Lars-Gunnar Petterson for Garry Lariviere and Ken Berry, March 10, 1981.

 

OTHER CAREER HIGHLITES:

* QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1973)

* WHA Second All-Star Team (1979)

* Played in NHL All-Star Game (1980)

 

 

 OILERS' STATS:

 SEASON:

LEAGUE

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

 1973-74

WHA

78

21

24

45

34

 1974-75

WHA

72

22

24

46

14

 1975-76

WHA

29

7

5

12

8

 1977-78

WHA

80

34

34

68

11

 1978-79

WHA

80

34

37

71

44

 TOTALS:

WHA

339

118

124

242

111

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 PLAYOFFS:

WHA

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

 1973-74

WHA

5

4

2

6

2

 1974-75

WHA

---

---

---

---

---

 1975-76

WHA

---

---

---

---

---

 1977-78

WHA

5

1

1

2

0

 1978-79

WHA

13

8

10

18

6

 TOTALS:

WHA

23

13

13

26

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SEASON:

LEAGUE

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

 1979-80

NHL

80

46

48

94

6

 1980-81

NHL

51

19

24

43

27

 TOTALS:

NHL

131

65

72

137

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 PLAYOFFS:

NHL

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

 1979-80

NHL

3

0

3

3

0

 1980-81

NHL

---

---

---

---

---

 TOTALS:

NHL

3

0

3

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right-winger Blair MacDonald spent parts of four seasons in the NHL beginning in 1979-80.  He played most of his pro career in the WHA, but was best known for his scoring exploits during his brief time on the same line with Wayne Gretzky.

Born in Cornwall, Ontario, MacDonald was taken 86th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 1973 after scoring 63 goals for the Royals of the QMJHL.  He was named to the league's second all-star team, then started his pro career with the Edmonton Oilers of the WHA.

After scoring 21 goals as a rookie in 1973-74, MacDonald was a consistent offensive threat in the league for another five seasons.  In December 1976 he was traded to the Indianapolis Racers and was a top point producer through the 1977-78 season.  MacDonald returned to Edmonton and notched consecutive 34-goal seasons and was named to the WHA second all-star team in 1979.

The clever winger remained with the Oilers when they joined the NHL in 1979-80.  He scored 46 goals while playing on one of the NHL's most exciting lines with Wayne Gretzky and Brett Callighen.  He dropped to 19 goals the next season and lost his job alongside Gretzky to young Finnish star Jari Kurri.  Prior to the trade deadline in March, 1981, MacDonald was traded to the Vancouver Canucks.