Avs, MacKinnon Put Pen to Paper
Colorado have inked their first overall pick. Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, Joe Sakic, announced this evening that the Avalanche have signed superstar Nathan MacKinnon to a three-year entry-level deal.
The Cole Harbour native was an integral part in Halifax’s 2013 Memorial Cup run, opening and closing the tournament with hat-tricks on his way to earning MVP distinction. MacKinnon, who’s favourite NHL player is fellow Cole Harbour local Sidney Crosby, posted 153 points in 102 career games for an average of 1.5 points-per-game.
The highly-touted prospect was the centrepiece of a deal in July of 2011 that sent Carl Gelinas, Francis Turbide and three first round picks to Baie-Comeau for MacKinnon in return. This trade would prove paramount in the Halifax Mooseheads’ capturing their first ever Presidents Cup and Memorial Cup.
In his rookie season with the Moose, the right-handed forward, impressed quickly and impressed often. On December 3rd, 2011, MacKinnon scored five goals in a win over the Quebec Remparts. The following spring, again against the Remparts, he would contribute 13 points in the Mooseheads’ unlikely series victory over Quebec after the team had been down three-games-to-none.
Before graduating to major junior, MacKinnon skated for his local Cole Harbour Redwings, where he won the 2008 Atlantic Bantam AAA Championship and the much revered prep-school, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, where he registered 194 points in 98 games.
MacKinnon represented his native Canada in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
After just two seasons with the Mooseheads, MacKinnon holds three franchise records – most goals in a game (5), most goals in a game by a rookie (5), most goals in a home game (5).
Fun Fact: Nathan wears number 22 in honor of former Moosehead Frederik Cabana. The MacKinnon family was Cabana’s billet family when he played for the Moose.