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McDonald, Lanny
Calgary Flames

"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." It not only is the opening line of Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," but describes the career of LANNY McDONALD. Fresh out of a starring role with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Canadian Junior Hockey League, McDONALD slipped the Maple Leaf sweater over his head in 1973-74 and began a Hockey Hall of Fame career. McDONALD had played six seasons in Toronto, garnering incredible fan support and a hockey sock full of scoring points. But in 1979-80, coach Punch Imlach was in the midst of a standoff with his captain, Darryl Sittler, but couldn't trade him away because of a clause in his contract. Instead, Imlach punished the captain by trading away Sittler supporters that included Sittler's friend and linemate LANNY McDONALD. McDONALD was sent to the expansion Colorado Rockies. Still, McDONALD kept a stiff upper lip, often obscured by his trademark moustache, and was both an on-ice and off-ice leader with the Rockies. In 1981-82, the Rockies sent LANNY to the Calgary Flames. Again, the veteran played a key role with the team, but that role became magnified in 1982-83 when McDONALD enjoyed the finest season in his lengthy career. He scored 66 goals, added 32 assists and finished with a sensational 98 points. The Flames finished in second place in the NHL's Smythe Division. The NHL presented LANNY McDONALD with the MASTERTON TROPHY for 1982-83, recognizing McDONALD's immense dedication to hockey. LANNY was later rewarded even further in 1988-89, when, after 16 seasons in the NHL, he was a co-captain of the Calgary Flames team that won the Stanley Cup. As McDONALD skated off the ice embracing the Cup, it was his final moment on the ice as an NHL hockey player.

McDonald, Lanny