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9/6/1914 Ottawa, Ontario Hometown: Kirkland Lake, Ontario
At the age of twenty, Kilby MacDonald moved from Ottawa to Kirkland Lake, Ontario in search of work. He found it in the mines. During the summer months, MacDonald worked a mile below the earths surface. During the winter, he was given an "easier" job so that he could also play hockey in town.
The easier job, a safety man, involved testing the conditions of how the miners worked. One time, MacDonald tested the side of a mine, found it unsafe, and as he walked away to file his report, the mine collapsed, severely injuring a worker.
While playing in the Gold Belt Hockey League in 1935-36, Kilby MacDonald was noticed by Bill Brydge, who had retired from the New York Americans the previous season and was now scouting for the cross-town Rangers. He was signed to a contract and joined the Blueshirts in 1939-40; he helped New York win the Stanley Cup that season. For his efforts, Kilby MacDonald won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's best rookie that same season.
After two years with the Rangers, MacDonald was sent to the AHL. Later, he joined the military during the Second World War. When he returned to the NHL, MacDonald played parts of two seasons for the Rangers before retiring.
EAHL First All-Star Team (1937); IAHL First All-Star Team (1939). Traded to Hershey (AHL) by NY Rangers for cash, September 11th, 1941. Traded to Buffalo (AHL) by Hershey (AHL) for Bob Gracie, February 2nd, 1942. Traded to NY Rangers by Buffalo (AHL) for Hub Macey, Nestor Lubeck and Spencer Tatchell, January 12th, 1944.
Awards and Trophies
Calder Memorial Trophy 1939-40
Stanley Cup 1939-40