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Friday, March 16, 2012

March 16--Al MacAdam

Al MacAdam

Selected by Philadelphia Flyers round 4 #55 overall 1972 NHL Amateur Draft.

Al MacAdam was the pride of the province from the mid-'70s to the mid-'80s, and perhaps the greatest Prince Edward Islander of all time. Affectionately known by teammates as "Big Al" or "Mac," he was an extremely talented skater and two-way player who could always be counted upon to show up to every game and to produce solid numbers for his teams .
In 1973-74, while playing with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Richmond Robins, MacAdam was elevated to the parent club and got into five regular season games and one playoff game as the Flyers marched to their first Stanley Cup. Although Al MacAdam's name is not engraved on the Cup, he did receive a Stanley Cup ring for contributing to the Flyers' ultimate victory. It was his only Stanley Cup, but MacAdam seldom takes the ring out of the jeweler's box, feeling he really didn't contribute enough to the Flyers' Stanley Cup victory to wear it.
MacAdam's career took him from Philadelphia to the California Golden Seals, to the Cleveland Barons (where he and a teammate initiated a strike threat after not being paid by the bankrupt management), to the Minnesota North Stars and finally, ending in Vancouver with the Canucks. In 1977 and 1979, he represented Canada at the World Championships.
MacAdam's most productive season was 1979-80 when he scored 42 goals and 51 assists for Minnesota. During the playoffs that season, MacAdam had two series winning goals. One knocked the Leafs out of the first round, while the second eliminated the Canadiens from round two. That season, Al MacAdam was awarded the Masterton Trophy, emblematic of perseverance through the course of the season.


Received these blue ink signed cards TTM. He also included his business card. This was a 13/13 success. Could this happen today?

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