Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Derek MacKenzie
Derek MacKenzie was born June 11, 1981 in Sudbury, Ontario. The 5th choice, 128th overall selection of the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, MacKenzie is a graduate of the Ontario Hockey League's Sudbury Wolves.

The Sudbury, Ontario native spent four seasons with the hometown Wolves finishing his career with 253 points (95 goals, 158 assists) in 257 games, and was named the winner of the 2000-01 OHL and CHL Face-Off Award after winning 67 percent of his face-offs (427-for-637). In his final season with the Wolves, MacKenzie led his team in scoring with 89 points (40 goals, 49 assists) and finished sixth in the OHL while ranking fifth in the OHL with 30 power-play assists and shared eighth with a career-high 40 goals.

A strong two-way player, MacKenzie has exceptional puckhandling skills and excellent hockey sense and has represented Canada on the international stage, helping Team Canada capture the bronze medal at the World Junior Championships and gold at the 1998 Under-18 World Tournament.

Following a successful junior career the Sudbury, Ontario native spent the majority of the 2001-02 season with the Thrashers AHL affiliate in Chicago, helping them capture the 2002 Calder Cup championship while playing in one game with Atlanta during the regular season. Over the course of the next two seasons MacKenzie continued to hone his skills in the AHL, while seeing limited action the Thrashers.


In 2006-07, MacKenzie would spend the majority of his time again in the AHL competing with the Thrashers' affiliate in Chicago. His six year stint as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers organization came to an end on July 12th, 2007 when the centreman signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats NOJHA 40 23 32 55 40
1997-98 Sudbury Wolves OHL 59 9 11 20 26 +3 10 0 1 1 0
1998-99 Sudbury Wolves OHL 68 22 65 87 74 -20 4 2 4 6 2
1999-00 Sudbury Wolves OHL 68 24 33 57 110 +1 12 5 9 14 16
2000-01 Sudbury Wolves OHL 62 40 49 89 89 +25 12 6 8 14 16
2000-01 Canada WJC-A 7 1 2 3 4 -2
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -1
2001-02 Chicago Wolves AHL 68 13 12 25 80 0 25 4 2 6 20
2002-03 Chicago Wolves AHL 80 14 18 32 97 +14 9 0 0 0 4
2003-04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 12 0 1 1 10 0
2003-04 Chicago Wolves AHL 63 19 16 35 67 +8 10 7 1 8 13
2004-05 Chicago Wolves AHL 78 13 20 33 87 +5 18 5 6 11 33
2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 11 0 1 1 8 0
2005-06 Chicago Wolves AHL 36 10 12 22 48 -3
2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 4 0 0 0 0 +1
2006-07 Chicago Wolves AHL 52 14 23 37 62 +14
2007-08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 17 2 0 2 8 -2
2007-08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 62 25 24 49 46 +6 13 6 8 14 22
2008-09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -1
2008-09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 64 22 30 52 50 0
2009-10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 18 1 3 4 0 +3
2009-10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 47 17 30 47 30 -4
2010-11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 63 9 14 23 22 +14
2011-12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 66 7 7 14 40 +4
2012-13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 43 3 5 8 36 +1
2013-14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 71 9 9 18 47 0 6 1 0 1 2
NHL Totals 307 31 40 71 175 6 1 0 1 2


Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 11, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 1, 2014.