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Born July 15, 1974 (1974-07-15) (age 35),
Surrey, BC, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
Pro clubs NHL
Vancouver Canucks
New York Islanders
Ottawa Senators
Minnesota Wild
AHL
Houston Aeros
NHL Draft 221st overall, 1994
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1998 – 2004

William Muckalt (born July 15, 1974, in Surrey, British Columbia) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild.

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Playing career

Muckalt played Junior A in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League (BCJHL) with the Merritt Centennials and briefly with the Kelowna Spartans before joining the college ranks with the University of Michigan of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) in 1994. Muckalt played four years for the Wolverines and was named to the CCHA and NCAA West First All-Star Teams in his senior year in 1998.[1] The school won two NCAA titles while Muckalt was a sophomore in 1996 and a senior in 1998. The 1996 championship team also featured future NHLers Brendan Morrison, Jason Botterill and goalie Marty Turco.

Muckalt was selected in the ninth round (221st overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by his hometown Vancouver Canucks. After a full four-year career in the college ranks, he was ready to make a bid for a full-time roster spot in the NHL with the Canucks in 1998–99. He played his first NHL game with the Canucks on October 12, 1998, against the Los Angeles Kings, notching his first NHL point, as well – an assist. Eight days later, Muckalt scored his first NHL goal on October 20 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He played in 73 games during his rookie season, scoring 16 goals and 36 points, becoming a rising star in Vancouver.

Despite this early success in Vancouver, Muckalt was traded to the New York Islanders along with Dave Scatchard and goalie Kevin Weekes in exchange for goalie Felix Potvin and draft picks midway through the 1999–00 season on December 19, 1999.[1] Shortly after debuting with the Islanders, however, he was sidelined for the remainder of the season after suffering a shoulder injury in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 13, 2000.[1] After a full season with the Islanders in 2000–01, he was involved in a blockbuster trade with the Ottawa Senators on June 23, 2001. On NHL draft day, Muckalt was dealt to Ottawa along with up-and-coming defenceman Zdeno Chara and the Islanders' first round pick in 2001 (which Ottawa would use to select Jason Spezza), in exchange for star centre Alexei Yashin.[1]

Muckalt spent only one season with Ottawa, registering no goals and eight assists in 70 games, before signing as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild on July 3, 2002.[1] After failing to score a single goal during the previous season, Muckalt came roaring out of the gate in 2002–03, registering five goals and eight points in his first five games with Minnesota before dislocating his right shoulder in a game against the Calgary Flames on October 22, 2002.[1] The injury was severe enough to end Muckalt's season and keep him sidelined for the majority of the next as well.[1]

He would not play another regular season NHL game, though he did attempt a comeback with the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Houston Aeros, registering three assists in nine games in 2003-04. In 2006, Muckalt signed as a free agent in Russia with Vityaz Chekhov, though he would never play with them. He is currently the head coach of the Valencia Flyers of the Western States Hockey League.

Awards

  • Named to the NCAA West First All-American Team in 1998.
  • Named to the CCHA First All-Star Team in 1998.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Merritt Centennials BCJHL 59 31 43 74 80
1993–94 Merritt Centennials BCJHL 57 70 61 131 119
1994–95 University of Michigan NCAA 39 19 18 37 42
1995–96 University of Michigan NCAA 41 28 30 58 34
1996–97 University of Michigan NCAA 36 26 38 64 69
1997–98 University of Michigan NCAA 46 32 35 67 94
1998–99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 73 16 20 36 98
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 4 8 12 17
1999–00 New York Islanders NHL 12 4 3 7 4
2000–01 New York Islanders NHL 60 11 15 26 33
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 70 0 8 8 46
2002–03 Minnesota Wild NHL 8 5 3 8 6 5 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Houston Aeros AHL 9 0 3 3 6
NHL totals 256 40 57 97 204 5 0 0 0 0
NCAA totals 162 114 121 225 239

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