MacKenzie Weegar

MacKenzie Weegar (born January 7, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Florida Panthers in the National Hockey League. Weegar was drafted with the Panthers last pick, 206th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Weegar is the first cousin of former NHL player and current broadcaster Craig Rivet. Weegar wears uniform number 52, the same number Rivet wore during his career.

MacKenzie Weegar
Born (1994-01-07) January 7, 1994
Nepean, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 206th overall, 2013
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2014present

Playing career

Weegar played major junior hockey with the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. After his selection to the Panthers, Weegar was signed following his second season with the Mooseheads in 2013–14 to a three-year, entry-level deal on May 29, 2014.[1]

Weegar turned professional during the 2014–15 AHL season, appearing in 31 games for the Panthers' AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage. Weegar also skated in 21 games for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.

During the final year of his entry-level deal in the 2016–17, having played primarily with the Panthers' AHL affiliates, Weegar received his first NHL recall to the NHL on April 3, 2017.[2] He made debut with the Panthers that night in a 4–1 defeat against the Montreal Canadiens.[3] After three games with Florida, Weegar was returned to conclude the season with the Springfield Thunderbirds.

On August 3, 2017, the Panthers re-signed Weegar to a one-year, two-way contract.[4]

On October 20, 2017, Weegar scored his first NHL goal against Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltender Matt Murray to tie the Panthers with the Penguins 3–3.[5]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Winchester Hawks EOJHL 40 10 23 33 94
2010–11 Nepean Raiders CCHL 5 0 2 2 0
2011–12 Nepean Raiders CCHL 53 13 37 50 61 18 2 4 6 24
2012–13 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 62 8 36 44 58 17 0 5 5 10
2013–14 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 61 12 47 59 97 16 5 17 22 14
2014–15 San Antonio Rampage AHL 31 2 8 10 40
2014–15 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 21 1 12 13 13
2015–16 Portland Pirates AHL 62 7 17 24 60 1 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Springfield Thunderbirds AHL 60 14 22 36 70
2016–17 Florida Panthers NHL 3 0 0 0 4
2017–18 Florida Panthers NHL 60 2 6 8 32
2018–19 Florida Panthers NHL 64 4 11 15 64
NHL totals 127 6 17 23 100

Awards and honours

Award Year
CCHL
Rookie of the Year 2012
Second All-Star Team 2012
Top Prospect Award 2012
QMJHL
All-Rookie Team 2013
Best Plus-minus (+55) 2013
Memorial Cup (Halifax Mooseheads) 2013
Second All-Star Team 2014

References

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