This will mark the second pro coaching experience for MacDonald (31), who hails from Victoria, British Columbia. In 2013-14, he served as an assistant coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
As a pro player, MacDonald recorded 217 points (96g-121) and 358 penalty minutes in 406 games over seven-plus seasons. 272 of those games were played with four different teams in the AHL, where he registered 106 points (45g-61a) and 210 penalty minutes. MacDonald also played twenty-four post-season games in the AHL. In the ECHL, MacDonald had two stints with the Royals and one was during the 2012-13 Championship season. MacDonald racked up thirty-eight points (16g-22a) and 57 penalty minutes in forty-seven regular season games with the Royals in 2012-2013. MacDonald played all twenty-two playoff games for the Royals in that year’s playoff run, recording twelve points (4g-8a) and thirty penalty minutes. Two of MacDonald’s goals came while the Royals were playing short-handed, one of which proved to be the game winning goal in the decisive Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Prior to turning pro, MacDonald had a stellar four season and five year career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After leading R.P.I. in goals (16) and points (36)—and being selected the team’s MVP—in his junior season (2004-05), MacDonald was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which kept him out of action the following year. In 2006-07, MacDonald returned for his senior season, leading the team in goals (12) and tied for the team lead in points (27). For his efforts, MacDonald, who served as the team captain that season, was voted as R.P.I.’s Most Inspirational Player. That year, MacDonald received the Livingston W. Houston Citizenship Award at RPI honoring the ‘First Citizen of the College,” for character, leadership, scholarship and athletic ability and was also a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is awarded to college hockey’s finest citizen.
Owner, General Manager and Coach of the Charlotte Rush, United States Premier Hockey League (2015 – Current)
Inducted into Royals Wall of Honor, March 4, 2017
CAREER NOTES AS A PLAYER
- Led Team, Goals (29), Assists (37), & Points (66), Mississippi Sea Wolves, ECHL (2008-09)
- Selected, Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week, Reading Royals, December 22 – 29, 2009
- Selected, Team Offensive Player of the Year, Fan’s Choice Awards, Reading Royals, (2009-10)
- Led Team, Regular Season Scoring (22g-49a=71pts), Reading Royals (2009-10)
- Led League, Playoff Scoring (8g-16a=24pts), Reading Royals (2009-10)
- Selected, Team Captain, Reading Royals (October 15, 2010)
- Second on Team, Assists (35), Reading Royals (2010-11)
- Tied for Team Lead, Multi-Point Games (17), Reading Royals (2010-11)
- Tied for Team Lead, Game Winning Goals (5), Reading Royals (2010-11)
- Selected Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Fan’s Choice Awards, Reading Royals (2010-11)
- Tied for Team Lead, Playoff Goals (5), Assists (3) & Points (8), Reading Royals 2011)
- Established Team Record, Career Playoff Points (13g-21a=34pts) in 29 Playoff Games (4th Most), Reading Royals (2010, 2011, & 2014)
- Led Team: Goals Scored (23) and Second on Team: Points (45), Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL (2012-13)
- Led Team, Assists (40) and Points (56) (t-18th in League), Power Play Points (4g-17a=21pts) (t-3rd in League), Multi-Point Performances (15), Longest Point Streak (eleven games) (6g-12a=18pts) (12/28/13 – 01/25/14) (4th Longest in League), Longest Assist Streak (nine games) (12a) (01/28/13 – 01/18/14) (tied longest in League), Reading Royals, ECHL (2013-14)
- Selected, Offensive Player of the Year, Fans’ Choice Awards (Third Time), Reading Royals, ECHL (2013-14)
- All-Time Career Leader, Goals (71) (Tied), Assists (152), Points (223), Shots (626), Games Played (212), Reading Royals, ECHL (2009-14)
All-Time Career Post-Season Leader: Scoring (13g-21a=34pts in twenty-nine games), Reading Royals, ECHL (2010-14)