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Don McKenney

Born:Apr 30, 1934Draft: Undrafted
Hometown:Smith Falls, OntarioPosition:Centre
Known For:Stanley Cup Champion (1964)Shoots:Left
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

Don McKenney (born April 30, 1934) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues during the 1967-68 season. McKenney was scouted by the Boston Bruins as a teenager during his time with OHA-Jr.’s Barrie Flyers and signed to a deal with the team. McKenney made his NHL debut during the 1954-55 season, playing in 69 games and amassing 42 points (22 goals, 20 assists). He played in nine seasons with the Bruins, amassing 20-or-more goals in seven of those seasons and was well on his way to an eighth season before he was traded to the New York Rangers. McKenney was the captain at the time of the trade, having been named the team’s leader in the 1961-62 season.

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Don McKenney (THW Media Archives)

While his point production started to drop off, McKenney was dealt the following season to the Toronto Maple Leafs, playing just one season with the team and splitting time with the AHL Rochester Americans. By the time he signed with the Detroit Red Wings for the 1965-66 season, McKenney’s time in the AHL became a trend, as the forward spent more time in the minors than he did in the NHL due to knee injury concerns. His final two seasons were spent solely with the AHL’s Providence Reds, with his final year coming in 1970. McKenney retired following the 1969-70 season and shifted his focus towards a coaching career.

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Staff History

  • Northeastern University, NCAA (Head Coach) 1989-1991

Achievements

  • CHL Memorial Cup Champion (1953)
  • 7X NHL All-Star Game (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964)
  • NHL Gentleman Conduct (Lady Byng Trophy) (1960)
  • NHL Stanley Cup Champion (1964)
  • AHL Calder Cup Champion (1967)

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