Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Butch McDonald
After being tagged with the nickname "Butch" by his younger brother, McDonald started his organized hockey career with the Moose Jaw Canucks in his hometown. A fine skater and stickhandler, McDonald was signed by the Pittsburgh Yellowjackets of the Eastern League where he put up solid scoring numbers.

The Detroit Red Wings signed McDonald in the fall of 1937, sending him to their IAHL team in Pittsburgh to develop further. In 1939-40, he was brought up to the parent club, playing 37 games with Detroit. But the Red Wings sent him back to the minors, and Butch played in Indianapolis before the military called.

Returning from active duty in 1944-45, McDonald returned to Indianapolis, but was called by the Red Wings once again. It was for just three games this time. The Detroit Red Wings traded McDonald, Don Grosso, and Cully Simon to the Chicago Black Hawks for Earl Siebert and Fido Purpur on January 2, 1945, and McDonald immediately suited up for the Hawks. But at the end of the 1944-45 season, Chicago sent McDonald to their affiliate in the USHL, the Kansas City Pla-Mors. Unfortunately, Butch McDonald did not play any more in the NHL, and he retired during the 1949-50 season.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1934-35 Moose Jaw Canucks S-SJHL 6 4 4 8 2
1934-35 Moose Jaw Canucks M-Cup 6 4 4 8 12
1935-36 Regina Capitals S-SSHL 5 10 15 14
1936-37 Pittsburgh Yellowjackets EAHL 47 16 20 36 30
1937-38 New Haven Eagles IAHL 11 0 1 1 0
1937-38 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 31 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
1938-39 Minneapolis Millers AHA 48 31 42 73 21 4 0 1 1 0
1938-39 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 1 1 0 1 0
1939-40 Detroit Red Wings NHL 37 1 6 7 2 5 0 2 2 10
1939-40 Indianapolis Capitols IAHL 15 4 13 17 4
1940-41 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 51 13 30 43 2
1941-42 Moose Jaw Millers SSHL 30 13 17 30 8 9 2 7 9 2
1942-43 Regina Army Caps SSHL 21 20 31 51 2 1 0 0 0 0
1943-44
1944-45 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 1 1 2 0
1944-45 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 29 8 25 33 2
1944-45 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 26 6 13 19 0
1945-46 Kansas City Pla-Mors USHL 51 39 60 99 5 12 2 8 10 0
1946-47 Kansas City Pla-Mors USHL 51 16 52 68 12 2 6 8 0
1947-48 Calgary Stampeders WCSHL 47 21 47 68 14 11 4 5 9 5
1948-49 Calgary Stampeders WCSHL 47 17 43 60 12 4 1 1 2 6
1949-50 Calgary Stampeders WCSHL 10 4 7 11 0
1950-51 Calgary Stampeders WCSHL
NHL Totals 66 8 20 28 2 5 0 2 2 10


AHA First All-Star Team (1939)
USHL First All-Star Team (1946)
Signed as a free agent by Detroit (Pittsburgh-IAHL), October 30, 1937. Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Don Grosso and Cully Simon for Earl Seibert and future considerations (Fido Purpur), January 4, 1945), January 2, 1945.