49. Lanny McDonald

In between Toronto and Calgary, Lanny McDonald was in Colorado, but not the Avalanche, but the Rockies.  Despite the cold climate, it was hockey purgatory.

The man with the epic mustache was one of the biggest reasons to catch a Rockies hockey game for a two-year period (1979-81).  McDonald was traded to spite Darryl Sittler, who had clashed with Maple Leafs GM, Punch Imlach.  Since Sittler had a no-trade clause, he traded his good friend and linemate, McDonald, instead.  

The Rockies were not a good team when he was there, but McDonald averaged .99 Points per Game and was their best player.  After two years, McDonald was dealt to Calgary, where he would later lead them to a Stanley Cup.

McDonald entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Right Wing
  • Acquired: Traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs with Joel Quenneville for Pat Hickey and Wilf Paiement 12/29/79.
  • Departed: Traded to the Calgary Flames with Colorado’s 1983 4thRound Pick (which was later traded to the New York Islanders who selected Mikko Makela) for Bob MacMillan and Don Lever 11/25/81.
  • Games Played: 142
  • Notable Statistics:

    66 Goals
    75 Assists
    142 Points
    119 PIM 
    .99 PPG 
    -46 Plus/Minus 
    11.0 Point Shares 
    2 Points in 18 Playoff Games

  • Played For: New Jersey Devils
  • Major Accolades and Awards: None

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