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Al MacInnis    

Retired Canadian Ice Hockey Defenseman; Famous for his Hard Shot

Al MacInnis a star defenseman known for the power of his slapshot is now a retired professional hockey defenseman who played 23 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues.

He was drafted 15th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. He started playing for Calgary in 1981, winning the Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989. In that year he also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs. He left Calgary and signed as an unrestricted free-agent with the St. Louis Blues for the start of the 1994-95 season.

One of the few defensemen to record over 1000 career points, MacInnis retired from the NHL on September 9, 2005 after missing close to two seasons due to a combination of injuries and the 2004-05 NHL Lockout. St. Louis Blues retired his jersey #2 during a pre-game ceremony on Sunday, April 9th, 2006 before the Blues faced off against the Edmonton Oilers.

Throughout his career, MacInnis was known most for his extremely powerful slapshot. In the 1999-00 NHL Skills Competition he captured "Hardest Shot" honors for the fourth consecutive year and overall has six such honors to his credit.

He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, and his jersey number 2 was retired by the Blues and is honoured by the Flames. MacInnis remains a member of the Blues organization, currently serving as the team's Vice President of Hockey Operations.


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