For the second week in a row, Lighthouse Lookback catches up with a Lighthouse Hockey Islander of the Day. I promise you, this was not planned.
Marty McInnis would not have been drafted in the present day. The 1988 NHL Draft ran 12 rounds. The Hingham, Massachusetts native was drafted 163rd overall that year. The forward went on to Boston College for three seasons, scoring 58 goals. He represented America in the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Expectations were not very high for the team. The Americans, who featured future stars like Keith Tkachuk and Shawn McEachern, as well as former Islander Scott Lachance and head coach Scott Gordon, nearly pulled off another “Miracle on Ice”, going unbeaten in pool play, only to lose to eventual Gold Medal winner the Unified Russian team in the semifinals and the Czechoslovakians in the Bronze Medal Game. McInnis led the team with five goals.
Following the tournament, McInnis signed with the Islanders and played the net six seasons on the Island. The 1992-92 season saw the formation of the “Kid Line”, featuring McInnis, Travis Green and Brad Dalgarno. Unfortunately, a broken kneecap caused McInnis to miss the end of the regular season and most of the magical run to the Wales Conference final.
The forward recovered nicely the following season as he enjoyed his best season in the NHL, 25 goals and 56 points. He would net two more 20-goal season with New York before being shipped to Calgary at the 1997 trade deadline. McInnis would end his career in 2003 after playing two seasons with his hometown Boston Bruins.
Marty McInnis’s jersey is the second hockey jersey that I had. The first being Pat LaFontaine.