|BIRTHPLACE:||Halifax, NS, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||COL: 2013-1 overall|
Helped lead the Halifax Mooseheads to their first-ever Quebec Major Junior Hockey League championship and first-ever Memorial Cup title…Was named MVP of the 2013 Memorial Cup after recording a tournament-high 13 points (7g/6a) in four games, which included a hat trick and five points in the final against Portland on May 26…During the 2012-13 regular season, MacKinnon collected 75 points (32g/43a) in 44 contests for Halifax, averaging 1.70 points-per-game…He finished tied for fourth on the Mooseheads in scoring and added a +40 plus/minus rating en route to being named to the QMJHL Second All-Star Team…Went on to tally 33 points (11g/22a) in 17 playoff games as the Mooseheads won the league championship…Nathan’s 33 postseason points tied him for second in the QMJHL…Led Halifax in game-winning goals during the regular season (7-tie) and playoffs (4)…Represented Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia…Appeared in all six of Canada’s games at the tournament, posting one assist.
2011-12: As a rookie with Halifax in 2011-12, MacKinnon led the Mooseheads in goals (31), assists (47) and points (78) while appearing in 58 games…His 78 points finished second among QMJHL rookies…Led Halifax in playoff scoring as well, registering 28 points (13g/15a) in 17 postseason contests…Was selected first overall by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the 2011 QMJHL Draft before his rights were traded to Halifax.
OTHER: Helped his bantam team in Cole Harbour win the Atlantic AAA Championship in 2008…He then went on to play for Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school in Minnesota from 2009-11 before joining Halifax.
Represented Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia…Appeared in all six of Canada’s games at the tournament, posting one assist.
MacKinnon was the first player to be selected first overall by the Avalanche since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995…Was the fourth player in franchise history to be drafted first overall, joining Mats Sundin in 1989, Owen Nolan in 1990 and Eric Lindros in 1991…Was only the third 17-year old to be taken first overall in the last 26 drafts (since 1988), joining Sidney Crosby in 2005 and Joe Thornton in 1997…Was the first Halifax Mooseheads player to ever be selected first overall…Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, MacKinnon grew up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, the same hometown as Crosby.