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Joey MacDonald
Joey MacDonald
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
197 lb (90 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
F. Teams
Detroit Red Wings
Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Boston Bruins
New York Islanders
Toronto Maple Leafs
Born February 7 1980 (1980-02-07) (age 36),
Pictou, NS, CAN
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 2002 – present

Joseph MacDonald (born February 7, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender in the Detroit Red Wings organization who currently plays with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL). He has previously played for the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He plays in the butterfly style of goaltending.[1]

Early lifeEdit

MacDonald was born on February 7, 1980, in Pictou, Nova Scotia. His favorite television program growing up was Hockey Night in Canada.[2]

Playing careerEdit

Junior hockeyEdit

MacDonald began his goaltending career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the 1997–98 season playing for the Halifax Mooseheads. In 17 games, he recorded only three wins, but continued to work on his style and play, impressing the coaching staff in the process. The Ontario Hockey League then came calling the following season and MacDonald began play for the Peterborough Petes as their starting goaltender. MacDonald thrived in his expanded role, finishing with a winning record and a lower goals against average. He remained the Pete's starting goaltender until the 2001–02 season when he joined the Toledo Storm after being noticed and signed up by the Detroit Red Wings scouting team.

Professional careerEdit

MacDonald struggled on the weak ECHL team and recorded only 12 wins in his 38 games. The Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL decided to call up MacDonald for their 2002–03 AHL season as backup to Marc Lamothe. MacDonald proved to be a capable in his new role, finishing with 14 wins and 6 losses in the 25 games he played. The 2003–04 AHL season saw MacDonald splitting time with Lamothe. The Griffins had seen enough and after Lamonthe left the following season, MacDonald was named starting goaltender. MacDonald played in 66 games for the Griffins, finishing with a record of 34–29–2 and a save percentage of .926. The 2005–06 AHL season saw an influx of goaltenders into the Red Wings farm system and MacDonald competed to stay near the top. He split time with Drew MacIntyre and new prospect Jimmy Howard. MacDonald finished the season 17–9–2 in 32 games played.

MacDonald was brought up to the NHL for the 2006–07 season when he was named as a backup goaltender to Dominik Hašek and Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings. MacDonald made his NHL debut on October 19, 2006 against the San Jose Sharks. Detroit was down 3–0 when MacDonald came in for Osgood after he let in three power play goals in the first 15 minutes of period one. However, it would take five more games, in which he was the starting goaltender, before MacDonald would get his first NHL win with a 7–4 victory over the Calgary Flames on February 11, 2007.

On February 24, 2007, the Boston Bruins picked up MacDonald on waivers. He played his first game with the Bruins on March 4, 2007 resulting in a 4–1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

On July 8, 2007, MacDonald signed a two-year deal as an unrestricted free agent with the New York Islanders.[3] He was then assigned to affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.

In the 2008–09 season, MacDonald became the Islanders regular backup goalie. This is due to the departure of the team's previous backup, Wade Dubielewicz, as an UFA and his subsequent signing in Russia. This also had to do with the second year of MacDonald's contract being a one-way deal. Many Islanders fans were apprehensive about this arrangement, feeling that MacDonald may not be ready to be DiPietro's backup on a regular basis- especially since they hoped their starting netminder was going to get more time to rest. That time to rest came earlier than expected as DiPietro started the season recovering from an injury and then went out once again to another injury after two losses. MacDonald finished the season with a 14-26-6 record, to go along with a 3.37 goals against average. A high point of his season was a 2-0 victory against his former team, the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. MacDonald made 42 saves while recording his first career shutout in the NHL.[4]

On August 10, 2009, MacDonald was signed to a one-year contract by the Toronto Maple Leafs.[5] Prior to the 2009–10 season, MacDonald was placed on waivers and was assigned the starting goaltender for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, on September 29, 2009. On October 8, 2009, MacDonald was called up to the Maple Leafs to backup Vesa Toskala. He would later get his first ever start with the Maple Leafs on October 13, 2009.[6]

On March 3, 2010, MacDonald was traded by the Leafs to the Anaheim Ducks for a 7th round pick. As the Ducks have no AHL affiliate farm club, MacDonald remained with the Marlies after the trade.[7]

On July 2, 2010, MacDonald returned to Detroit when he signed a one-year two-way contract with the organization.[8] He recorded a 4-4-1 record in 11 appearances with Detroit, including one shutout. He remained with the Red Wings for the final months of the regular season and playoffs as Jimmy Howard's backup due to an injury to Chris Osgood.

Awards and achievementsEdit

  • 2002–03 Hap Holmes Memorial Award winner (with Marc Lamothe)
  • Team record: Highest save percentage in a season .936 (Grand Rapids Griffins 2003–04)
  • Team record: Most career goaltending wins 70 (Grand Rapids Griffins)
  • Team record: Most career shutouts 14 (Grand Rapids Griffins)

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1997–98 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 17 3 12 0 816 54 0 3.97 .880 3 1 2 140 15 0 6.43
1998–99 Peterborough Petes OHL 47 22 15 2 2483 123 3 2.97 .911 3 0 2 145 13 0 5.34 .871
1999–2000 Peterborough Petes OHL 48 20 15 6 2641 125 2 2.84 .911 5 1 4 280 16 1 3.43 .895
2000–01 Peterborough Petes OHL 57 25 21 7 3284 161 1 2.94 .910 7 3 4 425 18 0 2.54 .935
2001–02 Toledo Storm ECHL 39 12 15 7 2084 100 1 2.88 .922
2001–02 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 1 0 1 84 3 0 2.14 .939
2002–03 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 25 14 6 0 1336 49 3 2.20 .916 1 0 0 8 1 0 7.95 .750
2003–04 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 39 22 12 3 2249 74 6 1.97 .936 1 0 1 40 4 0 6.04 .826
2004–05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 66 34 29 2 3754 143 5 2.29 .926
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 32 17 9 2 1745 91 2 3.13 .897
2005–06 Toledo Storm ECHL 1 1 0 0 60 1 0 1.00 .962
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 1 5 1 468 27 0 3.46 .872
2006–07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 1 1 0 123 6 0 2.93 .898
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 7 2 2 1 358 16 0 2.68 .918
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 38 16 19 2 2266 109 2 2.89 .909
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 2 0 1 1 120 6 0 3.00 .918
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 49 14 26 6 2792 157 1 3.37 .901
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 36 14 19 3 2112 112 2 3.18 .893
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 1 4 0 319 17 0 3.20 .892
2010–11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 4 4 1 569 21 1 2.21 .924
NHL totals 83 22 42 10 4627 244 2 3.16 .902

ReferencesEdit

  1. Joey MacDonald. Legends of Hockey. Retrieved on 2011-01-26.
  2. Longley, Rob (2009-10-17). Leafs focus on strong 1st period. The Toronto Sun. Retrieved on 2011-01-26.
  3. Joey MacDonald signs two-year deal with the NYI. New York Islanders (2007-07-08). Retrieved on 2008-11-10.
  4. Red Wings beat by Joey MacDonald, Islanders. Mlive.com (2009-03-27). Retrieved on 2009-03-28.
  5. Toronto signs Joey MacDonald to one-year deal. KuklasKorner (2009-08-09). Retrieved on 2009-09-01.
  6. Hunter, Paul. "Lousy Leafs shake things up", The Star, 2009-10-13. Retrieved on 2009-10-13. 
  7. Ducks nab MacDonald. NHL (2010-03-03). Retrieved on 2010-03-28.
  8. Red Wings sign goaltender Joey MacDonald for depth in Grand Rapids. mlive.com (2010-07-03). Retrieved on 2010-07-06.

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Preceded by
Mathieu Chouinard, Simon Lajeunesse and Martin Prusek
Winner of the Hap Holmes Memorial Award
(with Marc Lamothe)

2002–2003
Succeeded by
Wade Dubielewicz and Dieter Kochan


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