Profile: Luke Mackinnon

Profile: Luke Mackinnon

Luke Mackinnon grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. His father played rec league hockey and introduced his son to the sport at a young age. Luke was drafted into the OJL to play for his hometown team, the Thunder Bay Wolves. He remained with the Wolves for three seasons, until he was 18.

Mackinnon was not drafted into the IHL. Instead, he accepted a sports scholarship to UMass and joined the UMass hockey team, spending a total of one season in the NCAA Division I. The following season, Mackinnon did not play. He returned the season after in forty-six games for the Florida Gators of the Grapefruit League, a semi-professional development league in the southern US. The following summer, he signed with the Washington Stars of the IHA, and was assigned to their minor league affiliate, the Patriots, in Hershey, PA. He spent most of the season there and led the team in assists. Mackinnon was called up to the IHA for a January 14 game against the Philadelphia Falcons. He recorded his first IHA point, an assist. He played the remainder of the season with the Stars. In the off-season, he signed a one-year contract extension with the Stars.

Quick Facts
Birthdate: May 23 (Age: 26)
Height: 5’11 (180 cm)
Weight: 189 lbs (86 kg)
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON
Draft: N/A
Teams: Washington Stars (IHA); Florida Gators (GL); UMass (NCAA); Thunder Bay Wolves (OJL)

He played seventy-nine games in the following season, accruing thirty-seven points. He suffered a broken ankle on April 2 during a game against the Chicago Nighthawks, when he blocked a shot. The injury ended his season.

During the off-season, the Stars negotiated a two-year renewal of his contract. He returned for his third season and played the full eighty-two games. In the off-season, he underwent surgery for a herniated disc. Rehabilitation was slow following the surgery and Mackinnon missed camp, pre-season, and the beginning of the season. He made his season debut on November 15, during a road game against the Dallas Longhorns, which ended in a 4-1 loss for the Stars. Continuing complications from the back surgery limited Mackinnon to just fifty-six games and twenty-six points, his lowest since his rookie season.

Despite poor performance, Mackinnon re-signed with the Stars over the summer. The five-year contract was reportedly worth $35 million. In the first year of the contract, Mackinnon was again limited by lingering back pain, missing ten games. Despite this, he tallied nineteen goals and twenty-seven assists, making a career year with forty-six points overall, the highest total of his career.

International Play

Mackinnon played junior hockey with Mason Green of the LA Knights for two seasons, and they represented Canada twice at the World Juniors, in Moscow and Riga. Canada won silver in Moscow and gold in Riga. He was considered for the Canadian men’s team for the Winter Olympics, but was not invited to attend camp. Speculation was that Team Canada management felt Mackinnon, who was still recovering from back surgery earlier in the summer, would not be fully recovered. Instead, Sam Carson of the Philadelphia Falcons was nominated to Team Canada. Mackinnon has been a perennial consideration to represent Canada at the World Championships each May since his second season, but has been kept out of competition by injury.

Personal Life

Off the ice, Mackinnon supports several charities and causes, including a DC children’s hospital, cancer research, and a program to fund team sports for underprivileged youth in DC.

Mackinnon has several sponsorship deals, mostly with DC-based companies. His highest profile deal is with the retail chain Mick’s and he regularly appears in TV ad campaigns for the company.

Mackinnon, an only child, is good friends with LA Knights star Mason Green, who also grew up in Thunder Bay. The two played junior hockey together for two seasons, and represented Canada twice at the World Juniors.

MacKinnon is well liked by the DC sports media for his calm demeanor. Teammates have suggested he has a steadying effect on younger members of the team, acting somewhat of an elder statesman in the locker room. He conducts himself well off the ice and often represents the team at charity events.

Mackinnon enjoys reading, claiming that he reads every night, whether he’s on the road or not.

Career Statistics

IHA

Scoring
Goals
Assists
Season
Age
Tm
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
EV
PP
SH
GW
EV
PP
SH
1
22
WSH
44
7
11
18
-4
6
4
2
0
1
9
2
0
2
23
WSH
79
15
22
37
3
24
11
2
0
2
15
5
2
3
24
WSH
82
18
26
44
-2
34
11
2
2
3
20
3
3
4
25
WSH
56
9
17
26
-3
18
7
1
1
0
14
3
0
5
26
WSH
72
19
27
46
0
26
13
4
1
1
20
5
2
Career
333
68
103
171
-1
108
46
11
4
7
78
18
7

 Other Leagues

Scoring
LG
Age
Tm
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
OJL
16
TBAY
45
3
15
18
16
OJL
17
TBAY
67
14
22
38
20
OJL
18
TBAY
60
20
33
53
20
NCAA
19
UMASS
23
4
11
15
-2
28
GL
21
FL
46
18
25
43
-5
14

International Play

Scoring
Age
Tm
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
17
CAN (WJ)
8
2
14
16
0
2
18
CAN (WJ)
7
7
8
15
1
4
Career
15
9
22
31
1
8

Awards and Honors

  • World Junior Championships – Silver Medal
  • World Junior Championships – Gold Medal
  • IHA Three-Stars (4)
  • IHA Player of the Month (1)
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