Who’s Nathan MacKinnon
Did you know Nathan MacKinnon has the longest point streak as an 18-year-old in the NHL? He even beat Wayne Gretzky who turned 19 in his first year of NHL. Now let’s take you through the life of Nathan MacKinnon.
Nathan MacKinnon was born on September 1 1995 in Spring Hill Nova Scotia. His parents are Kathy and Graham MacKinnon and he has a sister named Sarah MacKinnon.
During Nathan MacKinnon’s first years of hockey, you could tell he would have a chance of making a career. In his last year of Atom, he got 200 points! He then made the Coal Harbor Wings, his Bantam triple A team. During the 2 years he played for them, he played 110 games and got 145 points. That’s 1.32 points per game! After the 2nd season, he enrolled at Shattuck-Saint Mary’s in Faribault, Minnesota. He decided to leave his hometown, and family because of the strength of the hockey program there. After, he made the best bantam team and had an amazing season with almost a goal every game! He got a total of 101 points in 54 games. During the next season he played for the 16 under Midget program. He had a solid season with more goals and assists than games played. During the season he was averaging 2 points per game and he was called to play for Nova Scotia at an ice hockey tournament for the 2011 winter games. He got 19 points in total and was forth in the tournament point total. His team was 7th despite his efforts.
Nathan MacKinnon was heading into the CHL and it looked like he was going to be drafted very high overall. Nathan MacKinnon’s was said to be the best player available by QMJHL central scouting and was the favourite to be drafted 1st overall. But despite all that, he was still skating for the Omaha Lancers in the USHL. Because of that he started debating whether he should play college ice hockey or in the NCAA. He was finally drafted on June 4, 2011, 1st overall. He was drafted to the Baie Comeau Drakkar, a team in the QMJHL. He couldn’t speak French though, so he would stay in the USHL unless his rights were sold to another team. He waited 1 long month and then on July 13, his rights were finally traded to the Halifax Mooseheads. Halifax had been wanting him on their team since the Baie Comeau got the first-round pick. Nathan MacKinnon took off like a rocket. He got his first hattrick on December 3, 2011, scoring 5 of his teams six goals to win the game. With that, he tied the record of most goals in a game for the Halifax Mooseheads. He then led his team to the memorial cup where they won the trophy. He had the tournament’s best, of 13 points and came home the MVP trophy also. Because of the amazing season, he was called to play for the tournament all-star team.
Nathan MacKinnon was headed into the draft with his best foot forward. Nathan MacKinnon was going into the NHL entry draft and he was looking to be drafted 1st or 2nd overall. As the year passed on, the Colorado Avalanche were debating between drafting him or Seth Jones who now plays in Columbus. Patrick Roy, (the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche) stated that they would pick Nathan MacKinnon if the draft was held then, but he also refused to overlook the Seth Jones. Then, during a conference call, one scout said, “As of today we are leaning on MacKinnon.” And on June 30, 2013 the Colorado Avalanche drafted Nathan MacKinnon 1st overall.
Did you know Nathan MacKinnon has been featured in 2 movies and a few commercials? Nathan MacKinnon can be seen in the movies Trailer Park Boys and in some episodes of Mr. D. He has also been in plenty of Tim Hortons commercials with another pro athlete, Sidney Crosby who was also born in Nova Scotia. Over the years they have formed a bond and often Nathan MacKinnon looks to Crosby for inspiration especially in intense games.
Nathan MacKinnon has been great at hockey through-out his life being the star of every team he’s played on. He has scored tons of points and will continue to become a better player. Whether playing or not, he is a very talented person with acting, hockey, and training on his life’s plate. To learn more about Nathan MacKinnon, you can search up Nathan MacKinnon and click on the Wikipedia website. If you want to set your sights on a good player, Nathan MacKinnon is one of the best.