Derek MacKenzie was picked in the fifth round (128th overall) by Atlanta in the 1999 NHL draft. (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
Status: Columbus Blue Jackets center.
Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 182 pounds
DOB: June 11, 1981 In: Sudbury, Ont.
Hockey Inspirations: "My dad was a big influence. And it's funny, I was down the hallway (in Tampa) and saw my favorite player Steve Yzerman walk through the hallway. He was probably my favorite player growing up."
First Hockey Memory: "Local guys from a local team - Sudbury Wolves. I remember going to watch major junior hockey and thinking: That would be awesome to play one game in that league. When I was maybe 10 years old."
Nicknames: "Obviously the easy one would be ‘Mac.’ When I was 15 I was the youngest guy on the team. At the time Baywatch was pretty popular. So the guys used to call me ‘Hobie’ from Baywatch."
Last Book Read: "Angels & Demons."
First Job: "A baseball umpire."
First Car: "Pontiac Sunfire."
Current Car: "Chevy Avalanche."
Favorite Arena To Play: "Vancouver."
Greatest Sports Moment: "Probably winning the Calder Cup. It was in the AHL. I was a rookie. That's the last championship I won, so that sticks out in my mind the most."
Most Painful Moment: "Broke my ankle. Going into the first period of the first game. Sliding into the goal post and snapped my ankle. (Where?) In Chicago, playing for the Wolves."
Favorite Uniforms: "I like the Edmonton Oilers third jersey."
Closest NHL Friends: "Kurtis Foster and Mike Fisher."
Funniest Players Encountered: "I don't even know where to start on that one. I would say (Eric) Boulton from Atlanta."
Toughest Competitor Encountered: "I'll go with my buddy Mike Fisher. When he's on his game as a two-way player, not only is he tough, but he's pretty skilled."
Most Memorable Goal: "Maybe world juniors. I scored a goal to tie it up. I think it was the quarterfinals against Czech Republic."
Strangest Game: "When I was in junior, Game 5 playing in St. Mike's in Toronto. We were up 4- or 5-1 in that game in the playoffs and the lights went out. They had to cancel the game, come back and play the third period. I think they ended up tying the game."
Funny Hockey Memory: "I was in junior (with the Sudbury Wolves). We used to have the old stuffed wolf that we used to pull on the ice on a clothesline after every goal. One time they sent the wolf out after we scored and when it got to the end and they started to pull it back - it was so old - the head and jaw fell off and landed on the ice."
Favorite Players To Watch: "Obviously it's pretty easy to say Sidney Crosby. But when I played in Atlanta, watching him in practice was pretty awesome - I'll go with Marian Hossa."
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "I'll go with fishing, if you could consider that a sport."
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “I was in the minors again. Got called for a penalty shot. I guess I didn't check my stick before the shot. Skating down the ice, I went to snap the puck - my stick just blew up into two pieces."
Personality Qualities Most Admired: "I think just a level-headed person. Not arrogant, but very humble. Someone who appreciates everything. Down to earth. (Who epitomizes that?) I think our captain Rick Nash is a pretty good example of that. He has enough trophies on his rack that you think he could be different, but he never is. He always is a pretty humble guy, pretty quiet guy. Definitely a good guy to have around the locker room."
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