AndyMac caps career…for health reasons

Posted: 06/06/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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Former Duck Andy McDonald told Truehockey.com “I’m fortunate to get out now. I know I could play two or three more years and I love the game of hockey, but healthwise I know I shouldn’t be playing.”

As a Duck, AndyMac  and Teemu Selanne formed one of the NHL’s deadliest twosomes. In 2007 he took Fastest Skater in the NHL Skills Competition. A.K.A. Lil’ Mac, Andy was traded to St. Louis where he played well when he was in the lineup.

Staying in the lineup was always a challenge to hard working McDonald. He picked up five concussions, a broken ankle and knee surgery along the way. AndyMac explained,  “The last few years too much of the focus became worrying about the next hit. I was always thinking about it.”

One by one our Ducks Stanley Cup team is leaving the show. Neidermayer went first. Pronger went to Philly where he’ll likely finish his career on the Long Term Injury List, LTIR. No. 25 still has nausea filled days as a result of his last concussion.

If that’s the hit in the back of Andy’s mind, yeah he’s fortunate to get out now.

 

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Comments
  1. bbdux93 says:

    Andy Mac was a great player for our Ducks & had a large fan following. It is sad to see his career cut short by injuries but a logical step to take. When he was traded, like Pronger, I think most of us were stunned.
    I worry that our current cap situation could again cause mgmt to make some unbelievable moves. I hope not but won’t be surprised.

  2. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    This announcement should put the league on notice, that when a player who admits he can play several more years and decides to retire for his safety or aka loss of quality of life…changes need to be made. The NHL needs to enforce lengthy suspensions with hefty fines for any dirty hits. A couple of seasons of zero tolerance will send a clear message.

    Pronger update… he has lost his peripheral vision…IMO he is not coming back.

    • bc says:

      I agree with U. Equipment, especially elbow pads and some say helmets are also contributing factors to the increase in head injuries. Many players have suggested relaxing the interference rules. Prior to the rule changes you could interfere and slow an opponent down, particularly in the neutral zone. There were fewer open ice hits at full speed. Wondering what your thoughts are relaxing the interference rules.

      • yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

        That is a sticky one for me as that would definitely slow down the game…perhaps that is what we need is to slow down the game. However, if you keep your head up and the league enforces the rules currently on the books with hefty suspensions (couple of weeks to a month) and fines to the player (50K +) and the team (as to change coaching/playing philosophy) for all dirty hits I feel the issue would resolve itself.

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