International Falls, Minnesota
Years Played: 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950
NCAA Championship: 1948
John A. “Black Jack” McDonald earned four varsity letters as the Michigan net minder (1947-1950), playing in portions of five seasons after returning from four years in the United States Navy as an aviator. He saw action in the tail end of the 1945-1946 season, played three complete seasons and played in the fall semester of the 1949-1950 season. He was the goalie for Michigan’s first NCAA Championship team in 1948, coached by Vic Heyliger. Michigan was 74-14-5 during his career.
He was a daring net minder, noted for skating away from the net to play the puck. He was considered the prime reason for the “Delay of Game” penalty as he once smothered the puck in front of the Yale bench. He earned six varsity letters as a Wolverine, four in hockey and two in baseball. His top “offensive thrill” was earning an assist on a George Balestri goal that led Michigan to a 1-0 win over the U.S. Olympic club in a game played on a California swing for the Wolverines in San Francisco. His fond memories of Michigan hockey include beating Minnesota in Minneapolis and the way the Michigan team was treated like royalty while at the National Championship Tournaments at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He helped his former teammate, Al Renfrew, recruit future Michigan coach, Red Berenson, as a player. He collected his first career shutout (10-0) over Michigan Tech in only the third game of his Michigan career. He had five shutouts in his Michigan career and held opponents to one goal in twenty-one games. Jack McDonald earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1950.
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