Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian McDonald
Brian McDonald played his major junior hockey with the powerful St. Catharines Blackhawks in 1963-64 and 1964-65 playing with the likes of Fred Stanfield, Dennis Hull, Ken Hodge, Doug Jarrett and Tom Reid, all of whom had successful NHL careers.

McDonald turned pro in 1965-66, joining the St. Louis Braves, where he played for three years before moving on to the Dallas Blackhawks in 1967. It was apparent the Chicago Blackhawks were not going to make use of McDonald as they already had an abundance of talent at the centre position. In September, 1970 he was traded to Denver of the WHL for cash.

In 1970-71 he was called up to play in 12 games with the expansion Buffalo Sabres, but it was just to fill in temporarily for other injured players. McDonald was held pointless, but he did spend 29 minutes admiring the game from the penalty box.

McDonald's big break came in 1972-73 with the WHA coming into existence. He was selected by the Dayton-Houston Aeros in the 1972 General Entry Draft and played with the Aeros in 1972-73. He was traded to the Los Angeles Sharks in 1973-74. He remained in the WHA for another three years playing for the Michigan Stags and Indianapolis Racers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-64 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 56 31 44 75 98 13 7 11 18 24
1964-65 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 56 47 61 108 100 5 4 2 6 34
1964-65 St. Louis Braves CPHL 3 0 1 1 0
1965-66 St. Louis Braves CPHL 70 13 33 46 45 5 1 2 3 2
1966-67 St. Louis Braves CPHL 67 10 33 43 59
1967-68 Dallas Black Hawks CPHL 67 24 45 69 104 5 0 4 4 21
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 8 0 0 0 2
1968-69 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 67 19 41 60 65 11 7 6 13 28
1969-70 Denver Spurs WHL 70 34 34 68 54
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 0 0 0 29 -8
1970-71 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 56 29 18 47 70
1971-72 San Diego Gulls WHL 63 24 22 46 88 4 0 1 1 24
1972-73 Houston Aeros WHA 71 20 20 40 78 10 3 0 3 16
1973-74 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 56 22 30 52 54
1974-75 Michigan/Baltimore Blades WHA 18 3 5 8 15
1974-75 Indianapolis Racers WHA 47 14 15 29 19
1974-75 Mohawk Valley Comets NAPro 10 5 9 14 17
1975-76 Indianapolis Racers WHA 62 15 18 33 54 7 0 1 1 12
1976-77 Indianapolis Racers WHA 50 15 13 28 48 9 3 4 7 33
NHL Totals 12 0 0 0 29 8 0 0 0 2


Traded to Denver (WHL) by Chicago for cash, September, 1970. Claimed by Buffalo from Denver (WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 9, 1970. Claimed by San Diego (WHL) from Buffalo (Salt Lake-CHL) in Reverse Draft, June, 1971. Selected by Dayton-Houston (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Los Angeles (WHA) by Houston (WHA) for Joe Szura, September, 1973. Transferred to Michigan (WHA) after Los Angeles (WHA) franchise relocated, April 11, 1974. Traded to Indianapolis (WHA) by Michigan (WHA) with Jacques Locas for Steve Andrascik and Steve Richardson, November, 1974.