38 Facts About Al MacInnis


Al MacInnis was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player of the playoffs in 1989 after leading the Flames to the Stanley Cup championship.

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Al MacInnis was voted the winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy in 1999 as the top defenceman in the league while a member of the Blues.

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In 2017 Al MacInnis was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

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Al MacInnis was most famous for having the hardest shot in the league.

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Al MacInnis tied Bobby Orr's Ontario Hockey League record for goals by a defenceman, and won two OHL championships and a Memorial Cup with the Kitchener Rangers as a junior.

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Al MacInnis finished his career third all-time among defencemen in goals, assists and points and was named to seven post-season all-star teams.

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Al MacInnis was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, and his jersey number 2 was retired by the Blues and is honoured by the Flames.

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Al MacInnis remains a member of the Blues organization, currently serving as the team's Senior Advisor to the General Manager.

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Al MacInnis was born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, and grew up in Port Hood, Nova Scotia, a fishing village on Cape Breton Island.

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Al MacInnis is the seventh of eight children born to Alex and Anna Mae MacInnis, and one of six brothers.

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Al MacInnis's father worked as a coal miner and later as the assistant manager of the arena in Port Hood when the mine closed while his mother was a school teacher.

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Al MacInnis often assisted his father's work at the arena, collecting pucks that he used to shoot repeatedly against a sheet of plywood set against the family barn during the summer.

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Al MacInnis left home in 1979 to join the Regina Pat Blues of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League .

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Al MacInnis then moved to Ontario and joined the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League .

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Al MacInnis was selected by the Calgary Flames in the first round, 15th overall.

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Additionally, Al MacInnis was voted the winner of the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL's top defenceman.

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Al MacInnis tied Bobby Orr's OHL record for goals by a defenceman in one season with 38, and holds the Canadian Hockey League record of five goals in one game by a defenceman.

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Al MacInnis became the first defenceman to lead the league in post-season scoring, and he finished with a 17-game scoring streak, the longest by a defenceman in NHL history.

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Al MacInnis said his decision to leave Calgary was not easy to make given his family was from the city.

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Al MacInnis claimed money was not the only reason he signed with the Blues, stating that he wanted a new challenge.

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Al MacInnis appeared in six All-Star Games with Calgary and was named a league all-star five times: twice on the first team and three times on the second.

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Al MacInnis reached the mark with his 300th point, scored in his 424th game with the organization.

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Al MacInnis completed the season as the league's leader in scoring amongst defencemen with 68 points.

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Al MacInnis was the first player from Nova Scotia so honoured, and was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame and the St Louis Sports Hall of Fame.

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Al MacInnis was a member of the Canadian national team on four occasions.

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Al MacInnis first represented Canada at the 1990 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships where he scored one goal and four points.

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Al MacInnis scored two goals and four assists and was named a tournament all-star as Canada won the title over the United States.

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Al MacInnis suffered a separated shoulder shortly before the 1998 Winter Olympics, and while it was feared he would be unavailable for the tournament as a result, recovered in time to be cleared to play.

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Al MacInnis scored two goals during the tournament, but Canada finished in fourth place after losing the bronze medal match to Finland following a semi-final loss to the Czech Republic.

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Al MacInnis was best known for the power and accuracy of his slapshot.

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Al MacInnis resisted the transition to carbon-fiber sticks in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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Al MacInnis continued to win "Hardest Shot" events at All-Star Game skills competitions despite competing with the technologically inferior wooden sticks.

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Al MacInnis won the event a total of seven times between 1991 and 2003.

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Al MacInnis occasionally topped 100 miles per hour, including his win in the 2000 All-Star Game.

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Al MacInnis finally won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenceman in 1999 with the Blues.

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Al MacInnis married his wife Jackie shortly after winning the Stanley Cup in 1989, and the couple have four children, Carson, Ryan, Lauren and Riley.

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Al MacInnis settled in St Louis following his retirement, and in 2006 was named the Blues' Vice-President of Hockey Operations.

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Al MacInnis's son Ryan was a member of the Kitchener Rangers, and was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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