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Bill Muckalt
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born July 15 1974 (1974-07-15) (age 42),
Surrey, BC, CAN
NHL Draft 221st overall, 1994
Vancouver Canucks
Pro Career 1998 – 2004


Bill Muckalt (born July 15, 1974 in Surrey, British Columbia) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward.

CareerEdit

Bill Muckalt came up through the British Columbia Hockey League, playing for the Merritt Centennials and briefly with the Kelowna Spartans before enrolling at the University of Michigan in 1994. Muckalt played four years for the Wolverines and was named to the NCAA West First All-Star Team in his senior year in 1998. The school won two NCAA titles while Muckalt was a sophomore in 1996 and a senior in 1998. The 1996 championship team also boasted the likes of future NHLers Brendan Morrison, Jason Botterill and goalie Marty Turco.

Muckalt was selected in the ninth round (221st overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by his hometown Vancouver Canucks. He had matured tremendously during his four years in Michigan and was ready to make a bid for a full-time roster spot in the NHL with the Canucks in 1998–99. He would play in 73 games during his rookie season, scoring 16 goals and 36 points, becoming a rising star in Vancouver.

Despite this early success in Vancouver, Muckalt was traded to the New York Islanders along with Dave Scatchard and goalie Kevin Weekes in exchange for goalie Felix Potvin and draft picks midway through the 1999–00 season. He spent the remainder of that season and all of the next on Long Island before being being involved in a blockbuster trade. On June 23, 2001, Muckalt was dealt to the Ottawa Senators along with up-and-coming defenseman Zdeno Chara and the Islanders first round pick in 2001 (which Ottawa would use to select Jason Spezza), in exchange for star centre Alexei Yashin.

Muckalt spent only one season with Ottawa (registering no goals and 8 assists in 70 games) before signing as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild in the summer of 2002. After failing to score a single goal during the previous season, Muckalt came roaring out of the gate in 2002–03, registering 5 goals and 8 points in his first 5 games with Minnesota before dislocating his right shoulder in a game vs. the Calgary Flames on October 22, 2002. The injury was severe enough to end Muckalt's season and keep him sidelined for the majority of the next as well. Sadly, he would never play another regular season NHL game, though he did attempt a comeback with the AHL's Houston Aeros, registering 3 assists in 9 games in 2003-04.

He would later sign a free agent contract with Vityaz Chekhov (Russia) in 2006, though he would never play with them.

Additional informationEdit

  • First NHL Game: With Vancouver Canucks, October 12, 1998 vs. Los Angeles Kings
  • First NHL Goal: With Vancouver Canucks, October 20, 1998 vs. Carolina Hurricanes
  • First NHL Assist: With Vancouver Canucks, October 12, 1998 vs. Los Angeles Kings

AwardsEdit

  • NCAA - West First All-American Team (1997-98)
  • CCHA - First All-Star Team (1997-98)

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Merritt Centennials BCJHL 59 31 43 74 80
1993–94 Merritt Centennials BCJHL 57  70  61  131  119 
1994–95 University of Michigan NCAA 39 19 18 37 42
1995–96 University of Michigan NCAA 41 28 30 58 34
1996–97 University of Michigan NCAA 36 26 38 64 69
1997–98 University of Michigan NCAA 46 32 35 67 94
1998–99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 73 16 20 36 98
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 4 8 12 17
1999–00 New York Islanders NHL 12 4 3 7 4
2000–01 New York Islanders NHL 60 11 15 26 33
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 70 0 8 8 46
2002–03 Minnesota Wild NHL 8 5 3 8 6 5 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Houston Aeros AHL 9 0 3 3 6
NHL totals 256 40 57 97 204 5 0 0 0 0
NCAA totals 162 114 121 225  239

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