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Al MacInnis

Born:July 11, 1963Draft:1981 Flames #15 Overall
Hometown:Inverness, NSPosition:D
Known For:Hard Slap ShotShoots:Right
National Team:Canada

Allan MacInnis (born July 11, 1963) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 23 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Calgary Flames (1981-1994) and St. Louis Blues (1994-2004). A first-round selection of the Flames in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, he went on to become a 12-time All-Star. He was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player of the playoffs in 1989 after leading the Flames to the Stanley Cup championship. He was voted the winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy in 1999 as the top defenceman in the league while a member of the Blues. In 2017 MacInnis was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history.

MacInnis was most famous for having the hardest shot in the league. He tied Bobby Orr‘s Ontario Hockey League (OHL) record for goals by a defenceman, and won two OHL championships and a Memorial Cup with the Kitchener Rangers as a junior. He famously split goaltender Mike Liut’s mask with a shot, and became only the fourth defenceman in NHL history to score 100 points in a season. Internationally, he was an all-star on defence as Canada won the 1991 Canada Cup and twice participated in the Winter Olympics. He was a member of the 2002 team that won Canada’s first gold medal in 50 years.

An eye injury suffered early in the 2003–04 NHL season forced MacInnis into retirement. He finished his career third all-time among defencemen in goals, assists, and points and was named to seven post-season all-star teams. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, and his jersey number 2 was retired by the Blues and is honoured by the Flames. MacInnis remains a member of the Blues organization, currently serving as the team’s Senior Advisor to the General Manager. When the Blues won the Stanley Cup in 2019, he got his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for a second time.

Years as an NHL Player: 1981-2004

Years as an NHL Executive: 2006-present

Al MacInnis, former Calgary Flame (THW Library Archives)

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Achievements

  • Captain of the Blues (2002-2003)
  • Alternate Captain of the Blues (1994-2002)
  • Alternate Captain of the Flames (1988-1994)
  • Had his jersey number 2 retired by the Blues in 2006
  • MacInnis honoured as “Forever a Flame” by the Flames in 2012
  • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Played in the NHL All-Star Game 12 times (1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003)
  • Four-time NHL First-Team All-Star (1990, 1991, 1999, 2003)
  • Three-time NHL Second-Team All-Star (1987, 1989, 1994)
  • Olympics Gold Medal (2002)
  • James Norris Memorial Trophy (1999)
  • Canada Cup All-Star Team (1992)
  • Canada Cup Champion (1992)
  • Stanley Cup Champion with the Flames (1989)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy (1989)
  • Two-time OHL First All-Star Team (1982, 1983)
  • OHL Most Outstanding Defenseman (Max Kaminsky Trophy) (1983)
  • Memorial Cup All-Star Team (Tie) (1982)
  • Memorial Cup Champion with the Kitchener Rangers (1982)

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