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MacDonald, Lowell
Pittsburgh Penguins
1972-73

After four seasons trying to break into the Detroit Red Wings lineup, LOWELL MacDONALD was chosen by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1967 expansion draft, and found a full-time home. The Nova Scotia native stayed on the West Coast for two seasons, but then damaged his knee badly and had surgery to repair severe ligament and cartilage damage. The next season, MacDONALD recuperated, missing most of the season, then was sent to the AHL for conditioning. Pittsburgh picked LOWELL MacDONALD up in the Intra-League Draft in 1970, taking a chance that MacDONALD would be able to rejuvenate his career. But after just 10 games with the Penguins, MacDONALD hurt his knee once again, and was forced to visit his surgeon once again. LOWELL MacDONALD missed the rest of the 1970-71 season, plus the entire following season, having four more surgeries on his battered knees. MacDONALD, who had graduated from St. Mary's College in Halifax, began to polish his resume in anticipation of needing to look for a job outside hockey. But the surgeries were very successful, and the rest aided the recuperation of his knees. In fact, so much so that LOWELL MacDONALD returned to the Penguins lineup in 1972-73, only to score 34 goals, 41 assists and 75 points. When the award ceremony took place following the 1972-73 season, LOWELL MacDONALD received a standing and emotion ovation as the recipient of the MASTERTON TROPHY.



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