|Born:||Nov 17, 1953||Draft:||1973 Kings, 86th Overall|
|Hometown:||Cornwall, Ontario||Position:||Right Wing|
|Known For:||1980 NHL All-Star||Shoots:||Right|
|National Team:||Canada||Current Status:||Retired|
Blair MacDonald (November 17, 1953) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks during the 1982-83 season. Drafted 86th overall in the 1973 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, MacDonald never played for the Kings, opting to instead dress for the Edmonton Oilers, who drafted him 30th overall in the WHA Entry Draft. After a great rookie season where he scored 21 goals in 78 games, he followed it up with a 22-goal season the following year. During the 1975-76 season, he got off to a rocky start and was dealt to the Indianapolis Racers. He’d hit 34 goals the following season with the Racers, cementing his role as a legitimate scorer, but was dealt back to the Oilers the following season.
In the 1977-78, the Oilers acquired Wayne Gretzky and placed him on the same line with MacDonald. With Gretzky’s abilities, MacDonald record a 34-goal season and followed it up with career-highs in goals, assists, and points the next season, finishing with 94 points in 80 games. In the 1980-81 season, he served as captain for 51 games before he was traded to the Canucks for Ken Berry and Garry Lariviere. He played in parts of two seasons with the Canucks and their minor-league affiliates before leaving the NHL to pursue his career overseas.
In Austria, MacDonald dressed for two seasons with WAT Stadlau and one with Innsbrucker EV, combining for 186 points in 93 games. He retired from the game in 1986, choosing to pursue a career in coaching.
Blair MacDonald Statistics
- Innsbrucker EV, Austria (Head Coach) 1986-1987
- Fredericton Express, AHL (Assistant Coach) 1987-1988
- Muskegon Lumberjacks, IHL (Head Coach) 1988-1991
- Cleveland Lumberjacks, IHL (Head Coach) 1998-2000
- Frankfurt Lions, DEL (Head Coach) 2000-2002
- Meran/Merano, Italy (Head Coach) 2002
- Villacher SV, EBEL (Head Coach) 2004-2005
- QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1973)
- WHA Second All-Star Team (1979)
- NHL All-Star Game (1980)
- IHL Coach of the Year (Commissioner’s Trophy) (1989)
- IHL Turner Cup Champion (1989)