22 June 2010

Alumni Spotlight: Derek MacKenzie

Derek MacKenzie

Only seven men have held the title of captain of the Chicago Wolves hockey team.  Center Derek MacKenzie, who was a member of the Wolves from 2001 to 2007, proudly donned the “C” during the 2005-06 campaign.

MacKenzie appeared in 377 games with the Wolves over six seasons, amassing 83 goals, 101 assists, 184 points and 441 penalty minutes.  He helped Chicago capture its first Calder Cup championship as a rookie during the 2001-02 season, and returned to the Finals again in 2005.  The Sudbury, Ontario, native still holds a franchise record with 21 career shorthanded goals.


Following the 2006-07 campaign, which MacKenzie split between the Wolves and Atlanta Thrashers, the now 29-year-old forward signed as a free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets.  He has since split time between Columbus and their former American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.


After departing the Wolves, MacKenzie continued to excel on the penalty kill, and captured a second team’s franchise record for shorthanded goals, notching 11 in 173 games with the Crunch, spanning three seasons.


The former Wolves captain appeared in an NHL career-high 18 outings with the Blue Jackets last season, amassing three assists and four points.  Overall, he has skated in 36 NHL contests with Columbus since departing the Thrashers organization, tallying three goals and six points from 2007 to 2010.


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