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Wilfred (Bucko) McDonald
Wilfred (Bucko) McDonald
Defenseman
Number: 3
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 31, 1914
Birthplace: Fergus, ON, Canada
Hometown: Fergus, Ontario
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Buffalo (IHL) for Gamey Lederman and Lloyd Gross on January 9, 1935.
At 5-foot-10 and a solid 205-pounds, Wilfred McDonald was known in hockey circles simply as Bucko. The muscular defenseman from Fergus, Ontario, began his ascent to the NHL playing with the IHL's Buffalo Bisons in 1933 at the age of 19. He played in the Queen City for two years and then was traded to the IHL's Detroit Olympics. During the 1934-35 season he was called up for 15 games with the IHL's Detroit Red Wings.

McDonald was a steady if not flashy player, who was very much a defensive-oriented player, always taking care of business in his own zone. It was his consistent play which kept him in the Red Wings lineup for the better part of three years before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Bill Thomson and cash.

McDonald skated with the Maple Leafs until November, 1943 when he was traded to the New York Rangers for cash. He spent two years in the Big Apple and finished his pro career in the minors, playing one year with the Hull Volants of the QSHL and two with the Sundridge Beavers of the NBHL.

Although an all-star defenseman in his own right, many best remember Bucko McDonald as the man responsible for turning Bobby Orr into a defenseman. McDonald coached Orr in peewee and bantam hockey. McDonald was the man who had Bobby play defense, despite his obvious offensive talents. When Orr's father Doug questioned McDonald about the curious move, Bucko responded, "Bobby was born to play defense." The rest, as they say, is history.

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3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
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9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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