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John McKenzie
John McKenzie
Right Wing
Number: 21
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175
Shoots:
Born: Dec 12, 1937
Birthplace: High River, AB, Canada
Hometown: High River, Alberta
Acquired: Claimed by Detroit from Chicago in intra-league draft on June 10, 1959.
For a youthful Johnny McKenzie, life was one big rodeo. Known as "Cowboy" to his friends, he spent his off-seasons roughing it as a rodeo rider in his native Alberta. During the winter, however, he got out of the saddle and onto the ice.

When McKenzie arrived in the NHL in 1958-59, he was sporting a rather cruel nickname. "There used to be a chocolate bar in Canada quite a few years ago," he recalled. "It was called 'Pie Face'. The logo had a little, wee body with a larger head. Gerry Melny said, 'Gee, you look like that Pie Face.' So that's how it started."

McKenzie first broke into the big leagues with the Chicago Blackhawks and then embarked on a seven-year shuffle between Chicago, Detroit, New York and the minors.

He made it to the Bruins in 1966 and finally began to see regular action. In his second season, his union with Fred Stanfield and Johnny Bucyk allowed him to blossom into a valuable part of the club as an agitator and scorer. His scoring totals were also given a lift through his regular spot on the powerplay with Bucyk and Esposito. McKenzie once joked that third-man-in rule killed his career. He specialized in needling his opponents until their blood boiled to throw them off their game. But he didn't fight very often. He'd just get things going and then let the big boys take over. He even managed to complete his career with all of his teeth in tact.

McKenzie stuck around Boston just long enough to claim his second Stanley Cup victory in 1972 before jumping to the WHA where he was hired to play and coach the Philadelphia Blazers.

From Philly, he hopped around the league making stops in Vancouver, Minnesota and Cincinnati before settling for his final three seasons with the New England Whalers where, in the end his No. 19 was retired.

Since leaving hockey, McKenzie worked as a building supply salesman, founded a bank and presently works as a BMW salesman in Boston.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
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
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
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

STATS

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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