November 28, 2015

Garth MacGuigan

Garth MacGuigan was a versatile utility player. He excelled as a penatly killer and face off specialist and also played left wing. He was a dedicated defensive player who liked to play hard nose hockey.

Born and raised in Charlottetown, Price Edward Island, was the third round draft choice, 50th overall, of the New York Islanders in 1976. The New York Islanders sent MacGuigan to the Muskegon Mohawks, the Islanders farm team in the IHL. MacGuigan played most of the season in Muskegon of the IHL where he played very well, recording 54 goals and 156 PIM en route to being named the top rookie in the IHL.. He finished the season the Isle's farm team the Fort Worth Texans in their playoff run.

MacGuigan was a solid contributor to the Texans Adams Cup Championship seas on 1977-78 and would improve even more the following season. He had a respectful 41 points in the regular season, and 7 more in the playoff. MacGuigan tallied another solid campaign the following year scoring 49 points in the regular season. He also led the league with three hat tricks

MacGuigan went into the 1979/80 season with some major changes. The New York Islanders pulled out of Fort Worth and moved their farm team to the CHL's newest member, the Indianapolis Checkers. MacGuigan spent most of the year in Indianapolis but during the season he got the call up to the Islanders. MacGuigan only played 2 games in an Islanders sweater and only recorded 2 penalty minutes in his efforts. MacGuigan would play in 3 more NHL games 4 seasons later, picking up 1 assist. MacGuigan might have spent more time in the NHL if his rights had belonged to a team other than the talent rich New York Islanders. The New York Islanders went on to win four consecutive Stanley Cups.

MacGuigan finished his career with the Indianapolis Checkers after the Isles made the city their minor league affiliate in 1979. "Mac" enjoyed 6 solid seasons to extend his pro career to 9 full paid seasons before retiring in 1985.

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