Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Muckalt
Winger Bill Muckalt came up through the BCJHL playing for the Merritt Centennials and briefly with the Kelowna Spartans before enrolling at the University of Michigan. Muckalt played four years for the Wolverines and was named to the NCAA West First All-Star Team in his senior year in 1998.

Muckalt's strong work ethic and never-say-die attitude intrigued and impressed many NHL scouts who had first taken notice of him back in his junior days in British Columbia. The school won two NCAA titles while Muckalt was a sophomore in 1996 and a senior in 1998. The 1996 championship team also boasted the likes of future NHLers Brendan Morrison, Jason Botterill and goalie Marty Turco. The 1998 squad perhaps had less overall talent, but Muckalt and Turco were still there to lead the successful charge.

The Vancouver Canucks had selected Muckalt in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft in the ninth round, 221st overall. He had matured tremendously during his four years in college and was ready to make a bid for a full-time roster spot with the Canucks in 1998-99. He impressed the coaching staff and played in 73 games, scoring 16 goals and 36 points.

Midway through the 1999-00 season Muckalt was traded to the New York Islanders with Dave Scatchard and goalie Kevin Weekes for goalie Felix Potvin and draft picks. He spent a year on Long Island before being dealt to the Ottawa Senators in 2001-02. Muckalt spent only one season with the Sens' before signing as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild in the summer of 2002.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Merritt Centennials BCJHL 55 14 11 25 75
1992-93 Merritt Centennials BCJHL 59 31 43 74 80
1993-94 Merritt Centennials BCJHL 43 58 51 109 99
1993-94 Kelowna Spartans BCJHL 15 12 10 22 20
1994-95 University of Michigan CCHA 39 19 18 37 42 5 1 1 2 6
1995-96 University of Michigan CCHA 41 28 30 58 34 7 5 6 11 6
1996-97 University of Michigan CCHA 36 26 38 64 69 6 5 9 14 2
1997-98 University of Michigan CCHA 46 32 35 67 94
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 73 16 20 36 98 -9
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 4 8 12 17 +6
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 12 4 3 7 4 +5
2000-01 New York Islanders NHL 60 11 15 26 33 -4
2001-02 Ottawa Senators NHL 70 0 8 8 46 -3
2002-03 Minnesota Wild NHL 8 5 3 8 6 +5 5 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Houston Aeros AHL 9 0 3 3 6 -7
NHL Totals 256 40 57 97 204 5 0 0 0 0


CCHA First All-Star Team (1998)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1998)
Traded to NY Islanders by Vancouver with Kevin Weekes and Dave Scatchard for Felix Potvin, NY Islanders' 2nd round compensatory choice (later traded to New Jersey - New Jersey selected Teemu Laine) in 2000 Entry Draft and NY Islanders' 3rd round choice (Thatcher Bell) in 2000 Entry Draft, December 19, 1999.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to shoulder injury vs. Tampa Bay, January 13, 2000. Traded to Ottawa by NY Islanders with Zdeno Chara and NY Islanders' 1st round choice (Jason Spezza) in 2001 Entry Draft for Alexei Yashin, June 23, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 3, 2002.
Missed majority of 2002-03 and 2003-04 due to shoulder injury vs. Calgary, October 22, 2002.