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Walter McKechnie

Walter McKechnie

Center
BIRTHDATE: June 19, 1947
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: London, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 195 DRAFTED: TOR / 1963 NHL Amateur Draft
ROUND: 1st   (6th overall)
Rookie of the Year Award WHL (1968) Traded to Phoenix (WHL) by Toronto for Steve Witiuk, October 15, 1967. Traded to Minnesota by Phoenix (WHL) for future considerations (Leo Thiffault and Bob Charlebois, June, 1968), February 17, 1968. Traded to California by Minnesota with Joey Johnson for Dennis Hextall, May 20, 1971. Claimed by NY Rangers from California in Intra-League Draft, June 10, 1974. Traded to Boston by NY Rangers for Derek Sanderson, June 12, 1974. Traded to Detroit by Boston with Boston's 3rd round choice (Clarke Hamilton) in 1975 Amateur Draft for Hank Nowak and Earl Anderson, February 18, 1975. Traded to Washington by Detroit with Detroit's 3rd round choice (Jay Johnston) in 1978 Amateur Draft and 2nd round choice (Errol Rausse) in 1979 Amateur Draft for the rights to Ron Low and Washington's 3rd round choice (Boris Fistric) in 1979 Amateur Draft, August 17, 1977. Traded to Cleveland by Washington for Bob Girard and Cleveland's 2nd round choice (Paul MacKinnon) in 1978 Amateur Draft, December 9, 1977. Placed on Minnesota Reserve List after Cleveland-Minnesota Dispersal Draft, June 15, 1978. Traded to Toronto by Minnesota for Toronto's 3rd round choice (Randy Velischek) in 1980 Entry Draft, October 5, 1978. Traded to Colorado by Toronto for Colorado's 3rd round choice (Fred Boimistruck) in 1980 Entry Draft, March 3, 1980. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, October 1, 1981.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery