Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob MacMillan
1972 was a good year to be a hockey player. That was the year the upstart World Hockey Association was formed and it's competition with the National Hockey League for players drove up salaries and created hundreds of new jobs. That summer center Bob MacMillan was a first round draft pick of the New York Rangers but was also picked by the WHA's Minnesota franchise.

MacMillan spent his first two years as a professional playing for the Minnesota Fighting Saints but jumped to the NHL in 1974. "Mack the Knife" as he was known, split that campaign between the New York Rangers and their farm team in Providence and it would take a trade to make him a full-time NHL player.

MacMillan was dealt to the St. Louis Blues in September of 1975 and he blossomed with them by scoring 20 goals and 52 points in his first full year in the league. The following year he upped his point total but it wasn't enough to stop his from being traded yet again during his third year with the team. MacMillan was shipped to the Atlanta Flames in a big six-player trade and it was down in Georgia where he enjoyed his greatest success.

With the Flames MacMillan exploded offensively lighting the lamp 31 times in the 52 games he spent with them following the trade. During his first full year in the red and orange, MacMillan scored 37 goals and 71 assists for 108 points. His line mate, Guy Chouinard, managed 50 goals and finished just one point back of MacMillan. Not only was his offensive prowess impressive, but he only received fourteen minutes in penalties during the entire season and was given the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's Most Gentlemanly Player.

When the Flames franchise shifted to Calgary, MacMillan went with them, but he couldn't reproduce his scoring successes, though he was still a productive player. During the 1981-82 season he was on the move again as a part of the package that brought Lanny McDonald to Calgary.

MacMillan spent two and a half seasons with the Colorado/New Jersey franchise before moving on to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1984 to play his final season in the league.

Upon his retirement, MacMillan, who was a Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island native, returned to that province to coach Senior hockey. After two years behind the bench he made a brief comeback to the ice when he suit4ed up for two games with the Charlottetown Islanders in the 1987-88 season and scored four points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Charlottetown Islanders MJrHL 40 33 35 68 38 15 12 8 20 13
1969-70 Charlottetown Islanders M-Cup 15 7 14 21 11
1970-71 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 59 41 62 103 93 15 9 14 23 24
1971-72 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 39 12 41 53 41 5 1 1 2 15
1972-73 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 75 13 27 40 48 5 0 3 3 0
1973-74 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 78 14 34 48 81 11 2 3 5 4
1974-75 New York Rangers NHL 22 1 2 3 4 +3
1974-75 Providence Reds AHL 46 18 29 47 58 6 3 2 5 17
1975-76 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 20 32 52 41 +13 3 0 1 1 0
1976-77 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 19 39 58 11 +1 4 0 1 1 0
1977-78 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 7 12 19 23 -11
1977-78 Atlanta Flames NHL 52 31 21 52 26 +28 2 0 2 2 0
1977-78 Canada WEC-A 10 0 3 3 6
1978-79 Atlanta Flames NHL 79 37 71 108 14 +34 2 0 1 1 0
1979-80 Atlanta Flames NHL 77 22 39 61 10 +3 4 0 0 0 9
1980-81 Calgary Flames NHL 77 28 35 63 47 +18 16 8 6 14 7
1981-82 Calgary Flames NHL 23 4 7 11 14 -11
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 57 18 32 50 27 -9
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 71 19 29 48 8 -35
1983-84 New Jersey Devils NHL 71 17 23 40 23 -21
1984-85 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 36 5 7 12 12 -16
1984-85 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 8 2 2 4 2
1985-86 Charlottetown Islanders NBSHL
1986-87 Charlottetown Islanders NBSHL
1987-88 Charlottetown Islanders NBSHL 2 2 2 4 0
NHL Totals 753 228 349 577 260 31 8 11 19 16


Brother of Billy
Lady Byng Trophy (1979)
Selected by Minnesota (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers for Larry Sacharuk, September 20, 1975. Traded to Atlanta by St. Louis with Yves Belanger, Dick Redmond and St. Louis' 2nd round choice (Mike Perovich) in 1979 Entry Draft for Phil Myre, Barry Gibbs and Curt Bennett, December 12, 1977. Transferred to Calgary after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 24, 1980. Traded to Colorado by Calgary with Don Lever for Lanny McDonald and Colorado's 4th round choice (later traded to NY Islanders - NY Islanders selected Mikko Makela) in 1983 Entry Draft, November 25, 1981. Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982. Traded to Chicago by New Jersey with New Jersey's 5th round choice (Rick Herbert) in 1985 Entry Draft for Don Dietrich, Rich Preston and Chicago's 2nd round choice (Eric Weinrich) in 1985 Entry Draft, June 19, 1984.