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|Born|| September 1 1995,|
Halifax, NS, CAN
| 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)|
179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
|QMJHL team||Halifax Mooseheads|
|NHL Draft||Eligible 2013|
</div></div> Nathan MacKinnon (born September 1, 1995) is a Canadian major junior ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). MacKinnon has excelled in ice hockey throughout his career, drawing comparisons to National Hockey League player and fellow Nova Scotian Sidney Crosby. He has been mentioned as a candidate to be selected first overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
MacKinnon grew up playing in the minor ice hockey system of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. As an atom aged player, MacKinnon recorded 200 points in 50 games. When MacKinnon was twelve and thirteen, he played Bantam AAA for the Cole Harbour Red Wings, recording seasons of 110 and 145 points respectively. After these two seasons, MacKinnon enrolled at Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota. Also as Crosby did, Nathan chose to leave his hometown and attend the Minnesota boarding school] because of the strength of its ice hockey program. In his first season at Shattuck-Saint Mary's playing with the Bantam Tier I program, he scored 101 points in 58 games played to finish second in team scoring. For the 2010–11 season, MacKinnon joined the Under-16 Midget program at the school. Despite being the team's second youngest player, MacKinnon was averaging more than two points a game and was second in team scoring at the midway point of the season. During the season, MacKinnon was named to the team that represented Nova Scotia in the ice hockey tournament at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. At the tournament, MacKinnon scored eight goals and eleven points to finish fourth in tournament scoring as Nova Scotia finished in seventh place. MacKinnon finished his second season at Shattuck-Saint Mary's with 93 points in forty games played, and was second on the team with 45 goals scored.
Heading into the 2011 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Draft, MacKinnon was widely regarded as the favourite to be selected first overall and was ranked by QMJHL Central Scouting as the best available player. Despite this, MacKinnon spent the day of the draft skating with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), as he was considering playing either college ice hockey in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or major junior ice hockey in the QMJHL. On June 4, 2011, MacKinnon was selected first overall by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the 2011 QMJHL Draft. Because MacKinnon does not speak French, there was speculation that MacKinnon would follow through with his option to play in the USHL until he was eligible for the NCAA, unless his rights were traded to a different QMJHL team. On July 13, 2011, MacKinnon's rights were traded to the Halifax Mooseheads for Carl Gélinas, Francis Turbide, the Mooseheads' first round draft picks in 2012 and 2013, and the Quebec Remparts' first round draft pick in 2013, previously acquired by Halifax. The Mooseheads had been attempting to acquire MacKinnon since Baie-Comeau was awarded the first overall pick in the 2011 QMJHL Draft. MacKinnon scored his first QMJHL hat-trick on December 3, 2011, scoring five goals in a 6–4 victory over the Quebec Remparts. With five goals in one game, he tied the Mooseheads record for the most goals in a single game held by Jason King.
MacKinnon's first experience with Hockey Canada came when he was named to the Canada Atlantic team for the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Despite being the second youngest player at the tournament, MacKinnon scored five goals and eight points in only five games to finish seventh in tournament scoring. This included a game in which he scored two goals and two assists to be named player of the game as Canada Atlantic defeated Finland 4–3. His impressive play helped Canada Atlantic to its best finish since the 2005 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, defeating Canada West 2–1 in the fifth place game. The following year, MacKinnon was named to the Canada Atlantic team for the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2007–08||Cole Harbour Red Wings||Bantam AAA||50||—||—||110||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Cole Harbour Red Wings||Bantam AAA||35||—||—||145||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Shattuck-Saint Mary's Bantam Tier 1||Bantam AAA||58||54||47||101||56||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Shattuck-Saint Mary's U16||Midget AAA||40||45||48||93||72||—||—||—||—||—|
- ↑ http://www.halifaxmooseheads.ca/roster/show/id/8533 22 Nathan MacKinnon
- ↑ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=143744 Nathan MacKinnon @hockeydb.com
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Joyce, Gare. "Nate the kid", ESPN The Magazine, 2010-02-25, pp. 52–53. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
- ↑ 2013 NHL DRAFT PROSPECT MACKINNON ENJOYS FIVE-GOAL NIGHT http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/story/?id=382014
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Penton, Kirk. "The next Next One?", Toronto Sun, 2011-01-02. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 McDonald, Alyssa. "Crosby comparisons: MacKinnon brings offence to U17s", Hockey Canada, 2011-01-02. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 2009-2010 Boys Bantam Tier I stats. Shattuck-Saint Mary's. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
- ↑ Canada Winter Games. Hockey Nova Scotia. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
- ↑ Standings/statistics - 2011 Canada Winter Games. Hockey Canada. Retrieved on 2011-12-26.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 2010-2011 Boys U16 Stats. Shattuck-Saint Mary's. Retrieved on 2011-05-06.
- ↑ Wuest, Matthew. "MacKinnon tops QMJHL draft ranking", Metro Halifax, 2011-05-01. Retrieved on 2011-07-24.
- ↑ Sager, Neate. "QMJHL: Nathan MacKinnon skates in Omaha on draft day", Yahoo! Sports, 2011-06-04. Retrieved on 2011-07-24.
- ↑ "Baie-Comeau takes Cole Harbour's Nathan MacKinnon first in QMJHL draft", National Hockey League, 2011-06-04. Retrieved on 2011-07-24.
- ↑ Walling, Alex. "Walling: MacKinnon the second coming of Sid the Kid?", The Sports Network, 2011-07-23. Retrieved on 2011-07-24.
- ↑ "Mooseheads acquire top draft pick MacKinnon from Drakkar", The Sports Network, 2011-07-19. Retrieved on 2011-07-24.
- ↑ Wuest, Matthew. "Russell quick to contact Drakkar after coin flip", Metro Halifax, 2011-04-07. Retrieved on 2011-07-24.
- ↑ Palov, Willy. "5-goal game for Moose rookie", The Chronicle Herald, 2011-12-04. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
- ↑ Sager, Neate. "Saturday’s 3 Stars: Nathan MacKinnon makes some memories for Mooseheads by making mincemeat of Remparts", Yahoo! Sports, 2011-12-04. Retrieved on 2011-12-26.
- ↑ "Team Atlantic Announced for 2011 World Under 17 Challenge", Hockey Nova Scotia, 2010-11-24. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
- ↑ Statistics/standings - 2011 World Under-17 Challenge - Individual player stats. Hockey Canada. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
- ↑ Nicholson, Matthew. "MacKinnon's four points lead Atlantic to first win", Hockey Canada, 2010-12-31. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
- ↑ Nicholson, Matthew. "Atlantic earns best finish since '05 with win over West", Hockey Canada, 2011-01-03. Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
- ↑ "Team Atlantic male U17 official roster announced", Hockey New Brunswick, 2011-11-23. Retrieved on 2011-12-26.
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