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Twenty Visually Impaired Persons to 'Try Blind Hockey' on Sunday
The Griffins Youth Foundation, in conjunction with the Griffins and Tim Kane, captain of the U.S. Blind Hockey Team, will host West Michigan’s first-ever “Try Blind Hockey” event from 1-3 p.m. at Griff’s IceHouse.
Support the Griffins Youth Foundation by making a donation to sponsor my participation in the 2020 Great Skate Winterfest, on Jan. 18-19 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.
Matt Macdonald begins his second season as an assistant coach for the Griffins. He helped guide Grand Rapids to its franchise-record seventh consecutive playoff appearance during the 2018-19 season behind a 38-27-7-4 record (0.572),
Macdonald, 36, spent the previous six seasons behind the bench for the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, including the last four as head coach and director of hockey operations. He guided the Cyclones to a winning record during each of his four campaigns (2014-18) as the club’s head coach, totaling a 142-116-16-14 record (0.545) and two Kelly Cup Playoff appearances.
In 2017-18, Macdonald helped the Cyclones post a 39-30-3-0 regular season mark (0.563) – due in part to a power play that placed second on the circuit at 20.1% – before falling in five games to Fort Wayne in the postseason’s opening round. Macdonald mentored three Cyclones – defenseman Eric Knodel and forwards Justin Danforth and Jesse Schultz – to spots on the All-ECHL Second Team, while also seeing Danforth named to the All-Rookie Team.
During Macdonald’s two seasons as an assistant with the Cyclones from 2012-14, Cincinnati posted a combined 83-45-9-7 record (0.632) and advanced to the playoffs both years. In 2013-14, he served under current Griffins head coach Ben Simon as the Cyclones advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals.
Prior to his coaching career, Macdonald played seven professional seasons as a defenseman from 2005-12. Appearing in 385 career games between the CHL (2005-06), ECHL (2006-09), AHL (2007-09), Italy (2009-10; 2011-12) and Denmark (2010-11), Macdonald combined for 133 points (30-103—133) and 601 penalty minutes. He won the Kelly Cup with Cincinnati in 2008.
A native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Macdonald played college hockey at St. Lawrence University, where he tallied 30 points (14-16—30) and 131 PIM in 118 contests from 2001-05.
Macdonald and his wife, Erin, have two children, Hazel and Max.