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Nathan MacKinnon
Nathan MacKinnon
Center  - COL
Number: 29
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205
Shoots: Right
Born: Sep 1, 1995  (Age 20)
Birthplace: Halifax, NS, Canada
Drafted: COL / 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (1st overall) PROSPECT BIO
2014-15 SEASON
Missed the final 18 games of the season due to a fractured foot…Recorded 38 points (14g/24a) in 64 games…Was leading the Avs with 192 shots at the time of the injury, a total that still finished third on the team at season’s end…Also ranked third on the club in power-play goals (3-tied)…Went 6-for-9 (66.7%) in shootouts with two game-deciding goals…Had played in 146 consecutive games (153 including playoffs) to begin his NHL career prior to the foot injury…Posted a three-game goal streak, Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, matching his career high…Was Colorado’s leading scorer in November with 12 points (3g/9a) in 13 games…Appeared in his 100th NHL game on Nov. 13 at NY Rangers…Had a career-high three assists on Nov. 22 vs. Carolina…Recorded his first fighting major on Feb. 5 vs. Detroit (Jonathan Ericsson)…Tallied his first career hat trick on Feb. 22 vs. Tampa Bay, becoming the youngest Avalanche player to ever record a hat trick (19 years, 174 days)…Only one player in franchise history registered a hat trick at a younger age, Joe Sakic, who scored three goals at 19 years, 107 days on Oct. 22, 1988 at NY Islanders and also 19 years, 140 days on Nov. 24, 1988 vs. Montreal…MacKinnon’s three-goal game was the first by an Avalanche player since Matt Duchene did it on Nov. 4, 2011 at Dallas and the first on home ice since March 6, 2010 (Chris Stewart vs. St. Louis)…Picked up his 100th NHL point on Feb. 24 at Nashville…Following the season, Nathan returned from injury to help Canada capture the gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic…Recorded nine points (4g/5a) in 10 games at the tournament, including a goal in the gold-medal game against Russia on May 17.

2013-14: Won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year…MacKinnon, who was 18 years, 224 days on the final day of regular season, became the youngest player to ever win the Calder Trophy…The previous mark was held by Carolina’s Jeff Skinner, who was 18 years, 329 days when he won it in 2010-11…MacKinnon received 130 of the 137 first-place votes for the award, with his 1,347 total votes far out-distancing Tampa Bay forwards Ondrej Palat (791) and Tyler Johnson (352)…Became the third player in Avalanche history to win the Calder Trophy, joining Chris Drury (1998-99) and Gabriel Landeskog (2011-12)…Was the fifth player in the 34-year history of the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise to capture rookie of the year honors, joining Peter Stastny (1980-81), Peter Forsberg (1994-95), Drury and Landeskog…Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team…Led all rookies in points (63), goals (24-tied), assists (39), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (5-tied), shots (241) and games played (82-tied)…Became the first NHL player to lead all rookies in goals, assists and points since Evgeni Malkin in 2006-07…Nathan’s 63 points equaled the most of any NHL rookie over the last five seasons, matching Skinner’s total from 2010-11…Was one of only two Avs to appear in every game (Patrick Bordeleau) and one of only three NHL rookies to dress in all 82 contests (Tyler Johnson, Tom Wilson)…Led the Avalanche in shots, ranked second in assists (tied), plus/minus (+20) and PPG, and finished fourth in goals and points…Was the first NHL rookie to surpass 60 points with a plus/minus rating of +20 or better since 1992-93 (Joe Juneau, Eric Lindros, Shawn McEachern)…Made his NHL debut at the age of 18 years, 31 days on Oct. 2 vs. Anaheim, becoming the youngest player in franchise history…He was over 200 days younger than the previous record holder, Owen Nolan, who was 18 years, 235 days when he debuted for Quebec on Oct. 4, 1990 at Hartford…Notched two assists in that debut to become the youngest player to record two or more points in a game since Jan. 8, 1944, when Ted Kennedy (18 years, 27 days) had four points (1g/3a) for the Maple Leafs in a 12-3 win over the Bruins in Toronto…Had an assist in each of his first three NHL games, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish that feat…Scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 12 at Washington, becoming the youngest player in franchise history to score a goal (18 years, 41 days)…Equaled a franchise rookie record with nine shots on Nov. 12 at Carolina…Had back-to-back two-goal games, Jan. 4-6, becoming the youngest player in NHL history to record multiple goals in two straight games (18 years, 127 days)…Broke the previous mark set by Dale Hawerchuk (18 years, 204 days) from Oct. 23-25, 1981 with the Winnipeg Jets…Recorded his first career multi-goal game on Jan. 4 vs. San Jose, becoming the youngest player in franchise history to score two goals in a game (18 years, 125 days)…He broke the previous mark set by Ryan O’Reilly, who was 18 years, 272 days when he lit the lamp twice on Nov. 6, 2009 vs. Chicago…Led the team and all NHL rookies with nine goals in January, the second-most ever by an Avs rookie in a single month…Led all rookies and tied for the league lead with 10 points (5g/5a) in seven games during the month of February…Compiled a 13-game point streak from Jan. 25 to March 6, the longest streak by an 18-year-old in NHL history…He topped Wayne Gretzky’s record of 12 straight games with a point from Dec. 9, 1979 to Jan. 5, 1980…MacKinnon’s streak was the second-longest by an NHL rookie over the past 20 seasons, trailing only Paul Stastny’s record 20-game stretch in 2006-07…Hit the 50-point mark on March 4 at Chicago, becoming the fifth-youngest player in NHL history to reach 50 points (18 years, 184 days)…Only Bep Guidolin (18 years, 58 days), Ted Kennedy (18 years, 97 days), Sidney Crosby (18 years, 161 days) and Brian Bellows (18 years, 182 days) were younger.

2013-14 PLAYOFFS: Shared the team scoring lead during the playoffs with 10 points (2g/8a) in seven contests…MacKinnon’s 10 points were the third-most by an 18-year-old in one playoff year, behind only Jaromir Jagr (13, 1991) and Ed Olczyk (11, 1985)…Despite playing just seven games, Nathan’s eight postseason assists tied for the league lead among rookies…Collected three assists in his playoff debut on April 17 vs. Minnesota, becoming the first rookie to ever record three assists in his postseason debut…At 18 years, 228 days, was the second-youngest player in NHL history to record three points in his playoff debut (Pierre Turgeon was 18 years, 222 days on April 6, 1988 at Boston)…Had a goal and three assists in Game 2 on April 19, becoming the third 18-year-old in NHL history to record a four-point game in the postseason (Pierre Turgeon, 1988; Trevor Linden, 1989)…With that four-point effort, Nathan tied the NHL record for most points in the first two playoff games of a career with seven (Odie Cleghorn, Montreal 1918-19 and Barry Pederson, Boston 1981-82)…Was the fourth player in NHL history to record three or more points in each of his first two career postseason games (Newsy Lalonde 1917-18, Cleghorn 1918-19, Bobby Smith 1979-80)…Scored the overtime winner in Game 5 on April 26 at Pepsi Center, becoming the second-youngest player in Stanley Cup Playoff history to score an OT goal (18 years, 237 days)…Don Gallinger was 17 years, 339 days when he did it for Boston on March 21, 1943 against Montreal.

2012-13: 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).

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.


Has represented Canada at each of the last two world championships (2014-15)…Helped Team Canada capture the gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic…Recorded nine points (4g/5a) in 10 games at the tournament, including a goal in the gold-medal game against Russia on May 17…Also played for his country at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus, recording four points (1g/3a) in eight games…Represented Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia…Appeared in all six games for the Canadians, posting one assist.


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 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, Nathan grew up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, the same hometown as Crosby…Nathan and Sidney donated their shares from winning the 2015 IIHF World Championship to the youth hockey organization in Cole Harbour…Has hosted a practice for the Avalanche’s Pee Wee Team in each of his first two NHL seasons…MacKinnon himself participated in the Quebec Pee Wee Tournament as a youth hockey player.
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