The Saint John Sea Dogs announced today the signing of Free Agent Forward Anderson MacDonald.
MacDonald, a native of Quispamsis who played his minor hockey with the Saint John Vito’s, was drafted 10th overall by the Sherbrooke Phoenix and scored 29 goals in his rookie season. He has since had stops in Moncton and Bathurst amassing career totals of 78 goals and 126 points, in 173 games.
“I have always dreamed of being a Sea Dog and playing in my hometown,” said MacDonald. “I want this more than anything. I’ll be surrounded by family and friends, and I know that I can help this team win. I believe this is where I can be my best. I am very grateful to the Sea Dogs organization, the coaches, and the players for welcoming me. I will not disappoint them. Putting that sweater on is a dream come true.”
The 6’2” forward had 15 goals and 28 points in 34 games this season with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
“Anderson actually came to us. He expressed how much he wanted to be a Sea Dog,” said Team President & General Manager, Trevor Georgie. “Both he and we believe that if he is to ever reach his potential, it is playing here, at home, for the team that he has always wanted to play for. He is a scoring winger who augments our already potent offense with some size and scoring. He will be held to a high standard on and off the ice, and our expectations for him are simple: be a good citizen, have fun playing hockey, and help us win.”
MacDonald has previously drawn national attention for his openness discussing his challenges with mental health.
“Anderson has been very public and candid about his mental health and that takes courage” added Georgie. “There are a lot of pressures that come with being a high-performance athlete and everyone copes differently. We want to play a role in helping him reach his potential firstly as a young adult, and secondarily, as a hockey player.”
Georgie said this decision was a group decision and something the players ultimately decided on.
“This decision was made collectively by the organization, our entire hockey operations department, and most importantly the players. We have a close knit group that is excited to welcome Anderson to our room. We are all on board with a common goal and Anderson will have the right support. He joins a positive group and now the rest is up to him.”