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Blair MacDonald
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Position Right wing
Shot Right
Nickname(s) B.J.
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
180 lb (82 kg)
Teams Edmonton Oilers
Vancouver Canucks
Indianapolis Racers (WHA)
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born November 17 1953 (1953-11-17) (age 63),
Cornwall, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 86th overall, 1973
Los Angeles Kings
WHA Draft 30th overall, 1973
Alberta Oilers
Pro Career 1973 – 1983

Blair Neil Joseph "B.J." MacDonald (born November 17, 1953 in Cornwall, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association between 1973 and 1983. He is best known for his time with the Edmonton Oilers, the club where he spent the majority of his career and where he served as one of Wayne Gretzky's first linemates at the start of Gretzky's NHL career.

Playing careerEdit

WHAEdit

MacDonald won the Memorial Cup in 1972 with the Cornwall Royals of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He had a stellar final year of junior hockey with Cornwall in which he scored 63 goals in 64 games. MacDonald was selected 86th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft. However, he was also selected 30th overall by the Edmonton Oilers of the rival World Hockey Association in their draft, and chose to forego the NHL to sign in Edmonton.

MacDonald would have a solid rookie professional season in 1973–74, finishing the year with 21 goals and 45 points in 78 games, and would post nearly identical numbers 1974–75 with 22 goals and 46 points. After a sluggish start to the 1975–76 campaign, he was dealt to the Indianapolis Racers, where he rediscovered his scoring touch to finish the year with a career-high 26 goals. In 1976–77, he blossomed into a top player for the Racers, leading the team with 34 goals and finishing with 64 points, and then added 15 points in 9 games in the playoffs.

For 1977–78, MacDonald was dealt back to the Oilers, where he would put up another fine season with 34 goals and 68 points. Just after the start of the 1978–79 season, Edmonton traded for 17 year old wunderkind Wayne Gretzky, who would dominate the sport for the next two decades. As the Oilers' top right winger and a natural sniper, MacDonald became one of Gretzky's regular wingers along with Brett Callighen and finished the year with 34 goals and a career high 71 points.

NHLEdit

For the 1979–80 campaign, Edmonton joined the NHL as part of the WHA merger, and MacDonald would have the finest year of his career. Riding the playmaking wizardry of Gretzky, he would finish the season with 46 goals and 48 assists for 94 points, a total good for 10th in the league. He was also selected to represent the Oilers at the 1980 NHL All-Star Game. With just 6 penalty minutes all season, he finished 4th in balloting for the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player, an award ultimately won by Gretzky.

MacDonald continued to produce well in 1980–81, but ultimately lost his place on the Oilers' top line with the development of talented young players like Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, and especially Finnish star Jari Kurri, who would form the most lethal scoring duo in the league with Gretzky for most of the 1980s. At the trade deadline, MacDonald was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks, where he responded well with 14 points in 12 games to finish the season with 24 goals and 57 points in 63 games between Edmonton and Vancouver.

Despite scoring fairly regularly when in the Canucks' lineup, MacDonald would have a tumultuous tenure in Vancouver where his lack of grit and defensive play failed to endear him to the coaching staff. He scored 18 goals and 33 points in 59 games for the Canucks in 1981–82, but was briefly assigned to the minors for the first time in his career and then barely played in the playoffs as the Canucks reached the Stanley Cup Finals. He would appear in only 17 games for the Canucks in 1982–83, spending most of the season in the minors before being released at the end of the year.

After being released by the Canucks, MacDonald spent three more seasons playing in Austria before retiring in 1986. He finished his career with 91 goals and 100 assists for 191 points in 219 NHL games, and added 171 goals and 165 assists for 336 points in 476 games in the WHA.

Following the conclusion of his playing career, MacDonald accepted a head coaching job in Austria, and has spent most of his time since coaching in both Europe and North America. In 1988–89, he was named the International Hockey League Coach of the Year after leading the Muskegon Lumberjacks to a 57–18–7 record and the league championship.

Career statisticsEdit

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1970-71  Cornwall Royals             QMJHL  51   24   14   38    6  --  --  --  --  --
1971-72  Cornwall Royals             QMJHL  61   45   45   90   36
1972-73  Cornwall Royals             QMJHL  64   63   39  102   44
1973-74  Edmonton Oilers             WHA    78   21   24   45   34   5   4   2   6   2
1974-75  Edmonton Oilers             WHA    72   22   24   46   14  --  --  --  --  --
1975-76  Edmonton Oilers             WHA    29    7    5   12    8  --  --  --  --  --
1975-76  Indianapolis Racers         WHA    56   19   11   30   14   7   0   0   0   0
1976-77  Indianapolis Racers         WHA    81   34   30   64   28   9   7   8  15   4
1977-78  Edmonton Oilers             WHA    80   34   34   68   11   5   1   1   2   0
1978-79  Edmonton Oilers             WHA    80   34   37   71   44  13   8  10  18   6
1979-80  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    80   46   48   94    6   3   0   3   3   0
1980-81  Edmonton Oilers             NHL    51   19   24   43   27  --  --  --  --  --
1980-81  Vancouver Canucks           NHL    12    5    9   14   10   3   0   1   1   2
1981-82  Dallas Black Hawks          CHL     3    1    1    2    0  --  --  --  --  --
1981-82  Vancouver Canucks           NHL    59   18   15   33   20   3   0   0   0   0
1982-83  Fredericton Express         AHL    60   29   37   66   20   7   2   3   5   2
1982-83  Vancouver Canucks           NHL    17    3    4    7    2   2   0   2   2   0
1983-84  Montana Magic               CHL     4    1    0    1    0  --  --  --  --  --
1985-86  Innsbruck EV                Aust   23   20   18   38    8
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         WHA Totals                        476  171  165  336  153  39  20  21  41  12
         NHL Totals                        219   91  100  191   65  11   0   6   6   2

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Preceded by
Ron Chipperfield
Edmonton Oilers captains
1980–81
Succeeded by
Lee Fogolin


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