Bloomfield Hills' MacEachern, 2012 Mr. Hockey, scores 1st NHL goal
Mackenzie MacEachern: “It’s a dream to go bar-down and have the cool goal, but the reality hits … I was fortunate enough for it to go in.”
Michigan High School’s 2012 Mr. Hockey got his first NHL goal and point on Jan. 21.
Mackenzie MacEachern scored for the St. Louis Blues in a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center in a Martin Luther King Day matinee.
MacEachern, who is from Bloomfield Hills and played at Brother Rice High School where he won Mr. Hockey as a senior, put in the rebound of a shot as he fell to the ice with 9:29 left in the first period.
“Growing up, you play it in your head or you’re playing street hockey with your buddies and you re-enact what you think will happen if you were to get your first goal,” MacEachern told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s a dream to go bar-down and have the cool goal, but the reality hits and that’s probably not my arsenal. I’m just going to bang a couple home here and there, and I was fortunate enough for it to go in.”
He was playing in his fifth NHL game after being called up from the AHL San Antonio Rampage on Jan. 10. MacEachern, who’s been playing on the fourth line, has impressed St. Louis interim coach Craig Berube.
“His skating is really good,” Berube said. “He works hard, he’s competitive and he’s physical. That’s his game.”
MacEachern, a 24-year-old left wing who also played at Michigan State, was taken by the Blues in the third round (67th overall pick) in the 2012 NHL draft. He signed with St. Louis in 2016, foregoing his senior season at MSU.