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Nov. 11, 1939 (Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
Calder Trophy — 1939-40
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 138
Minor-league teams: New York Rovers (EHL) 1936-37; Philadelphia (AHL) 1937-1939
Full Name: James Allen Kilby MacDonald
Uniform Numbers: 14, 8, 2
Stanley Cup Champion: 1940
Retired from NHL: 1945
Kilby MacDonald wasted little time making an impression in the NHL after joining the Rangers as a 25-year-old rookie in 1939.
MacDonald became the first Rangers player to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year in 1939-40 and then capped his remarkable season by winning the Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1940.
Discovered by the Blueshirts at Lester Patrick`s hockey school in Winnipeg, MacDonald had already proven his star status in three seasons of minor-league hockey with the Rangers, earning a berth on the EHL First All-Star Team with the New York Rovers in 1936-37 and the AHL First All-Star Team with the Philadelphia Ramblers in 1938-39.
MacDonald suffered from chronic ulcers during the 1940-41 season, and in the weeks before the start of the 1941-42 season, the Rangers loaned him to Hershey of the AHL. One year later, he joined the Canadian Army as part of the World War II effort, and did not return to the Rangers until the second half of the 1943-44 season, when he was released from the army due to his stomach disorder.
MacDonald completed his NHL career by playing 36 games with the Rangers in 1944-45. Because of his problem with ulcers, none of MacDonald`s three other NHL seasons came close to the success of his memorable rookie year.
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