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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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