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Al MacInnis was drafted 15th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, however he wouldn't see regular action with the club until the 1983-84 season.
Shot-blocking defencemen feared him. Goalies cringed when they saw him climb over the boards. It comes down to two words, 'the shot.'

The seven-time winner of the Hardest Shot competition at the annual NHL All-Star Game, Al MacInnis is acknowledged as possessing the hardest slapshot in the NHL, and although at one time he used it at every opportunity, MacInnis later learned to harness the fear of his shot to set up plays, take an extra step or unleash the blast with another drive.

Over thirteen seasons with the Calgary Flames MacInnis' best season came in 1988-89. That season, the defenseman captured the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the playoffs en route to the club's first Stanley Cup.
Born Allan MacInnis on July 11, 1963 in Port Hood, Nova Scotia, Al played junior for the Kitchener Rangers beginning in 1980-81. During the summer of 1981, MacInnis was drafted in the first round, fifteenth overall, by the NHL's Calgary Flames. Although he played a handful of games for the Flames in both 1981-82 and 1982-83, MacInnis continued his junior career, which included a Memorial Cup championship in 1982 and, in 1982-83, saw him named as the recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the Ontario Hockey League's best defenseman. In both seasons, he was named to the OHL's First All-Star Team.

MacInnis steps into his famous slap-shot at the 1994 All-Star Game in New York. Throughout his career he would be named to fifteen All-Star Games.
After spending the early part of the 1983-84 season with the CHL's Colorado Flames, MacInnis became a full-time member of the Calgary Flames' blueline later that season, playing 51 games and scoring 11 goals and 34 assists for 45 points. But it was during that rookie season that his slapshot earned its reputation. On January 17, 1984, while playing with Calgary in a game against St. Louis, MacInnis wound up and fired a shot from outside the blueline that caught Blues' netminder Mike Liut on the mask, splitting it. Liut fell to the ice as the puck dribbled over the goal line. No one has taken Al MacInnis' shot for granted since.

Anchoring the blue line in St. Louis, MacInnis won the Norris Trophy as leagues top defenseman in 1999. That same season, the St. Louis Blues recorded 114 points and captured their first Presidents' Trophy.
MacInnis spent thirteen seasons with Calgary before moving to St. Louis, but left Alberta having evolved into one of the most effective defensemen in the NHL. While with the Flames, he played in eight All-Star Games, but more importantly, was a key component of a Stanley Cup championship for Calgary in 1989, the first in franchise history. For his contributions in the playoffs that spring, including 7 goals and 24 assists in 22 games, MacInnis was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Al MacInnis retired from the NHL on September 9, 2005 after missing close to two seasons due to a combination of injuries. He retired from the game as one of the few defenseman to record over 1000 points.
On July 4, 1994, Calgary traded Al MacInnis and a fourth round draft pick to the St. Louis Blues, receiving Phil Housley and consecutive second round draft selections. With the Blues, Al continued to dominate, appearing in seven more All-Star contests and winning the Norris Trophy in 1999 as the league's top defenseman.

After coming off his best season offensively in over eight years in 2002-03, a year in which he tallied 68 points (16 goals and 52 assists), MacInnis was limited to but three games in 2003-04 after suffering an eye injury. Following the locked-out 2004-05 season, MacInnis announced his retirement from the game on September 9, 2005. At the time of his retirement, MacInnis had climbed to 17th place on the all-time games played list with 1,416, had accumulated 1,274 points and was twelfth on the all-time assists list with 934. Among defensemen, Al MacInnis ranks among the greatest ever, concluding his career third in goals with 340, third in assists and third in points. The St. Louis Blues retired Al's number 2 in a pre-game ceremony on April 9, 2006. In November of that year, Al MacInnis was appointed Vice President of Hockey Operations by club president, John Davidson.

But Al's contributions in the NHL, though substantial, create only part of the overall picture. MacInnis' international career has seen him represent Canada on numerous occasions, including the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics, the latter in which he contributed to a gold medal, the 1991 Canada Cup and the 1990 World Championships. Al MacInnis — a fierce competitor with a feared slapshot.

CAREER STATISTICS
REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Cole Harbour Wings NSAHA
1979-80 Regina Blues SJHL 59 20 28 48 110
1980-81 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 47 11 28 39 59 18 4 12 16 20
1980-81 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 5 0 1 1 10
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers OHL 59 25 50 75 145 15 5 10 15 44
1981-82 Calgary Flames NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 5 3 6 9 11
1982-83 Kitchener Rangers OHL 51 38 46 84 67 8 3 8 11 9
1982-83 Calgary Flames NHL 14 1 3 4 9 0
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 51 11 34 45 42 0 11 2 12 14 13
1983-84 Colorado Flames CHL 19 5 14 19 22
1984-85 Calgary Flames NHL 67 14 52 66 75 +7 4 1 2 3 8
1985-86 Calgary Flames NHL 77 11 57 68 76 +38 21 4 15 19 30
1986-87 Calgary Flames NHL 79 20 56 76 97 +20 4 1 0 1 0
1987-88 Calgary Flames NHL 80 25 58 83 114 +13 7 3 6 9 18
1988-89 Calgary Flames NHL 79 16 58 74 136 +38 22 7 24 31 46
1989-90 Calgary Flames Fr-Tour 4 1 1 2 2
1989-90 Calgary Flames NHL 79 28 62 90 82 +20 6 2 3 5 8
1989-90 Canada WEC-A 9 1 3 4 10
1990-91 Calgary Flames NHL 78 28 75 103 90 +42 7 2 3 5 8
1991-92 Canada Can-Cup 8 2 4 6 23
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 72 20 57 77 83 +13
1992-93 Calgary Flames NHL 50 11 43 54 61 +15 6 1 6 7 10
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 75 28 54 82 95 +35 7 2 6 8 12
1994-95 St. Louis Blues NHL 32 8 20 28 43 +19 7 1 5 6 10
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 17 44 61 88 +5 13 3 4 7 20
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 13 30 43 65 +2 6 1 2 3 4
1997-98 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 19 30 49 80 +6 8 2 6 8 12
1997-98 Canada Olympics 6 2 0 2 2
1998-99 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 20 42 62 70 +33 13 4 8 12 20
1999-00 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 11 28 39 34 +20 7 1 3 4 14
2000-01 St. Louis Blues NHL 59 12 42 54 52 +23 15 2 8 10 18
2001-02 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 11 35 46 52 +3 10 0 7 7 4
2001-02 Canada Olympics 6 0 0 0 8
2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 16 52 68 61 +22 3 0 1 1 0
2003-04 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 0 2 2 6 -1
2004-05
NHL Totals 1416 340 934 1274 1511 177 39 121 160 255
 
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