by Zach from Alberta, Canada
|Al Macinnis (www.chicagoblackhawks.com)
A lot of people think Heroes are Firemen, Policemen and sometimes your average person, but today I’m going to talk about my hero, Al Macinnis. “This is a quote from Al himself, “There are things that I miss and there are adjustments to be made but playing, no regrets”. Growing up I have always played hockey, I always wanted to be like Al Macinnis because I've admired his killer slap shot, wrist shot and the way he hits people. Sport heroes inspire many people, especially younger kids to never give up, always try your best and there are consequences when you break the rules. For example: penalties. Al Macinnis's slap shot, checking ability and his play on and off the ice inspired lots of people like myself to pursue there dreams.
|Al Macinnis (www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1981/81015.html )
Before you can make it into the NHL, you first have to make it into the Juniors. Al played 3 seasons with Kitchner of the OHL and attended Kitchner –Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational school. Macinnis amazed a lot of people with 198 points 74 goals and 124 assist also with 271 penalty minutes in 198 contests. He was also a 2-time OHL All-Star. Al tied Bobby Orr’s record for goals in one season by a defenseman with 38 during the 1982-83 season and was named the OHL’s most outstanding defenseman. Al has proven to some people that he had the skill and attitude to play in the NHL.
|Al Macinnis (www.nhl.com)
Al Macinnis played 23 seasons in the National Hockey League, he played 13 seasons with Calgary Flames and 10 seasons with the St Louis Blues. Al was picked 1st round, 15th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. Al Macinnis was like a lot of almost professional hockey players, they played a couple games and then went back to the their farm team. Al scored his 1st NHL goal on Dec. 30, 1884-85 season. Macinnis played his first official NHL season in 1984-85. He also went to the All-Star game that year. Al was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP, helping lead the Flames to the Stanley Cup victory. Al Macinnis had a remarkable career with the Calgary Flames winning the Stanley Cup and getting the Conn Symthe Trophy.
|Al Macinnis (images.amazon.com)
As you already know Al Macinnis played for two teams the Calgary Flames and the St Louis Blues, now I’m going to tell you his career in St Louis Blues. On July 4th 1994 the Calgary flames traded Al Macinnis and a fourth round selection (Didier Tremblay) in 1997 to the St Louis Blues for (Phil Housley) 2nd round selection (Steve begin) in 1996 and 2nd round selection (John Tripp). In 1997 he resigned as an unrestricted free agent with the St Louis Blues for the start of 1994-95 season. Al Macinnis won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman 1998-99, one year later he recorded his 300th career NHL goal on March 24 vs. Tampa Bay. Al tied Glen Anderson for seventh all-time in playoff assists by notching an assist in game one on April 10th 2002-03 season, played in his last NHL All-Star game wining the hardest shot contest. The St. Louis Blues retried Al Jersey on April 9th 2006. Al had an extremely good career with the St Louis Blues winning the Norris Trophy Awarded.
|AQl Macinnis (www.legendsofhockey.net)
For these reasons and many more, Al Macinnis is my hero. Al had a great career in the OHL, winning the most outstanding defenseman award. Al Macinnis had a phenomenal career with the Calgary Flames winning the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy. Macinnis had an incredible career with the St Louis Blues winning the Norris Trophy award. Al Macinnis has had an exceptional career in the OHL and the NHL.
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