Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John McKenzie
For a youthful Johnny McKenzie, life was one big rodeo. Known as "Cowboy" to his friends, he spent his off-seasons roughing it as a rodeo rider in his native Alberta. During the winter, however, he got out of the saddle and onto the ice.

When McKenzie arrived in the NHL in 1958-59, he was sporting a rather cruel nickname. "There used to be a chocolate bar in Canada quite a few years ago," he recalled. "It was called 'Pie Face'. The logo had a little, wee body with a larger head. Gerry Melny said, 'Gee, you look like that Pie Face.' So that's how it started."

McKenzie first broke into the big leagues with the Chicago Blackhawks and then embarked on a seven-year shuffle between Chicago, Detroit, New York and the minors.

He made it to the Bruins in 1966 and finally began to see regular action. In his second season, his union with Fred Stanfield and Johnny Bucyk allowed him to blossom into a valuable part of the club as an agitator and scorer. His scoring totals were also given a lift through his regular spot on the powerplay with Bucyk and Esposito. McKenzie once joked that third-man-in rule killed his career. He specialized in needling his opponents until their blood boiled to throw them off their game. But he didn't fight very often. He'd just get things going and then let the big boys take over. He even managed to complete his career with all of his teeth in tact.

McKenzie stuck around Boston just long enough to claim his second Stanley Cup victory in 1972 before jumping to the WHA where he was hired to play and coach the Philadelphia Blazers.

From Philly, he hopped around the league making stops in Vancouver, Minnesota and Cincinnati before settling for his final three seasons with the New England Whalers where, in the end his #19 was retired.

Since leaving hockey, McKenzie worked as a building supply salesman, founded a bank and presently works as a BMW salesman in Boston.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1953-54 Calgary Buffaloes WCJHL 34 6 8 14 12 5 0 0 0 2
1954-55 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 39 14 4 18 33 5 0 0 0 4
1955-56 Nanton Palominos FHHL
1955-56 Calgary Stampeders WHL 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 2
1956-57 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 52 32 38 70 143 14 9 11 20 50
1957-58 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 52 48 51 99 227 8 8 4 12 19
1958-59 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 32 3 4 7 22 2 0 0 0 2
1958-59 Calgary Stampeders WHL 13 2 5 7 18
1959-60 Detroit Red Wings NHL 59 8 12 20 50 2 0 0 0 0
1960-61 Detroit Red Wings NHL 16 3 1 4 13
1960-61 Hershey Bears AHL 47 19 23 42 84 8 3 6 9 10
1961-62 Hershey Bears AHL 58 30 29 59 149 7 1 2 3 19
1962-63 Buffalo Bisons AHL 71 35 46 81 122 13 8 12 20 28
1963-64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 45 9 9 18 50 4 0 1 1 6
1964-65 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 51 8 10 18 46 11 0 1 1 6
1964-65 St. Louis Braves CPHL 5 5 4 9 17
1965-66 New York Rangers NHL 35 6 5 11 36
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 36 13 9 22 36
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 69 17 19 36 98
1967-68 Boston Bruins NHL 74 28 38 66 107 +14 4 1 1 2 8
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 60 29 27 56 99 +13 10 2 2 4 17
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL 72 29 41 70 114 +20 14 5 12 17 35
1970-71 Boston Bruins NHL 65 31 46 77 120 +27 7 2 3 5 22
1971-72 Boston Bruins NHL 77 22 47 69 126 +19 15 5 12 17 37
1972-73 Philadelphia Blazers WHA 60 28 50 78 157 4 3 1 4 8
1973-74 Vancouver Blazers WHA 45 14 38 52 71
1974-75 Canada Summit-74 7 2 3 5 14
1974-75 Vancouver Blazers WHA 74 23 37 60 82
1975-76 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 57 21 26 47 48
1975-76 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 12 3 10 13 6
1976-77 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 40 17 13 30 52
1976-77 New England Whalers WHA 34 11 19 30 25 5 2 1 3 8
1977-78 New England Whalers WHA 79 27 29 56 61 14 6 6 12 16
1978-79 New England Whalers WHA 76 19 28 47 115 10 3 7 10 10
NHL Totals 691 206 268 474 917 69 15 32 47 133


AHL First All-Star Team (1963)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1970) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1970, 1972)
Claimed by Detroit from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 10, 1959. Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Len Lunde for Doug Barkley, June 5, 1962. Traded to NY Rangers by Chicago with Ray Cullen for Tracy Pratt, Dick Meissner, Dave Richardson and Mel Pearson, June 4, 1965. Traded to Boston by NY Rangers for Reggie Fleming, January 10, 1966. Selected by Quebec (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Philadelphia (WHA) by Quebec (WHA) for future considerations, May, 1972. Traded to Philadelphia by Boston for cash, August 3, 1972. Transferred to Vancouver (WHA) after Philadelphia (WHA) franchise relocated, May, 1973. Transferred to Calgary (WHA) after Vancouver (WHA) franchise relocated, May 7, 1975. Traded to Minnesota (WHA) by Calgary (WHA) with cash for George Morrison, Don Tannahill and the rights to Joe Micheletti and Wally Olds, September, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Cincinnati (WHA) after Minnesota (WHA) franchise folded, February 27, 1976. Traded to Minnesota (WHA) by Cincinnati (WHA) with the rights to Ivan Hlinka for Bryan Maxwell, September, 1976. Traded to Edmonton (WHA) by Minnesota (WHA) with Jean-Louis Lavasseur, Bill Butters, Mike Antonovich, Dave Keon, Steve Carlson and Jack Carlson for cash, January, 1977. Traded to New England (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) with Dave Keon, Steve Carlson, Dave Dryden and Jack Carlson for future considerations (Dave Debol, June, 1977), Dan Arndt and cash, January, 1977.
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