December 10, 2015

Bill MacKenzie

Defenceman Bill MacKenzie played nearly 300 games for three different teams in the 1930s and 1940s. He scored 11 goals and 21 points over 228 career NHL games, but, like most defensemen in that era, his main role was to play the man in his own zone and move the puck up to his forwards.

Bill MacKenzie, a stay-at-home defenseman who captained the junior Elmwood (Winnipeg) Millionaires the Memorial Cup in 1931, made his NHL debut with the Montreal Maroons in 1933.
Mackenzie also played for the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers before joining Chicago in a deal for Marty Burke in December 1937.

His best years were in Chicago, where he manned the blueline for the 1938 Stanley Cup champions. In the 1940's he continued playing hockey in the AHL and where he was twice 1st team all-star. He also helped Cleveland win the AHL Calder Cup championship in 1941.

After concluding his pro career with Cleveland in the 1944-45 season, MacKenzie returned to Manitoba. He coached the 1949 Brandon Wheat Kings all the way to the Memorial Cup championships.

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