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Lanny McDonald

Born:February 16, 1953Draft:1973 Maple Leafs #4 Overall
Hometown:Hanna, ABPosition:RW
Known For:Bushy Red MoustacheShoots:Right
National Team:Canada

Lanny King McDonald (born February 16, 1953) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies and Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played over 1,100 games during a 16-year career in which he scored 500 goals and over 1,000 points. His total of 66 goals in 1982–83 remains the Flames’ franchise record for a single season.

McDonald was selected by the Maple Leafs as the fourth overall pick in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft and established himself as an offensive forward with three consecutive 40-goal seasons in Toronto in the mid-1970s. His trade to the Rockies in 1979 resulted in Toronto fans protesting the deal in front of Maple Leaf Gardens. He played parts of three seasons in Denver, before he was sent to Calgary in 1981 where he spent the remainder of his career. He co-captained the Flames to a Stanley Cup championship in his final season of 1988–89.

McDonald is among the most popular players in Flames history and his personality and bushy red moustache made him an iconic figure within the sport. McDonald won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for dedication and sportsmanship in 1983 and in 1988 was named the inaugural winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his leadership and humanitarian presence, in particular through his long association with the Special Olympics.

Internationally, McDonald represented Team Canada as a player on two occasions and in a management role three times. His assist created the tournament-winning overtime goal of the inaugural 1976 Canada Cup, and he was director of player personnel of Canada’s 2004 World Championship winning team.

The Flames retired McDonald’s uniform number 9 in 1990. McDonald was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2015, he was named chairman of the board of the Hockey Hall of Fame, after serving nine years on the Hall’s selection committee.

Lanny McDonald
Lanny McDonald, Colorado Rockies (Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)

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  • Holds the Flames’ franchise record for goals in a single season with 66 during the 1982-83 season
  • Captain of the Flames (1983-1989)
  • Captain of the Rockies (1980-1981)
  • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992
  • Stanley Cup Champion (Flames – 1989)
  • Budweiser NHL Man of the Year Award (1989)
  • King Clancy Award (1988)
  • 2x Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award winner (1987, 1989)
  • 4x NHL All-Star Game (1977, 1978, 1983, 1984)
  • Bill Masterton Trophy (1983)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (1977, 1983)
  • Colorado State Athlete of the Year (1980)
  • Canada Cup Champion (1977)
  • WCHL First All-Star Team (1973)
  • AJHL Most Valuable Player (1971)
  • AJHL Second All-Star Team (1971)