RALEIGH, NC (July 10, 2000) – Jim Rutherford, CEO and General Manager of the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with forward Ian MacNeil. As per club policy, no terms were released.
“Ian has developed into a strong all-around player who can play all three forward positions,” said Rutherford. “We would expect Ian to be with the Hurricanes this season.”
MacNeil (6’2”, 190 lbs.) completed his third season of professional hockey last year, totaling 37 points (19g, 18a) and 100 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League. MacNeil, 23, ranked sixth on team in scoring and led the league with five short-handed goals. MacNeil registered five points (2g, 3a) in 11 postseason games for the Cyclones, including a pair of goals in the team’s 6-5 overtime victory over Orlando in Game Four of the IHL Conference Semifinals.
Selected with the franchise’s third pick (85th overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, MacNeil spent the first two seasons of his professional career with the Beast of New Haven (AHL), recording 43 points (18g, 25a) and 129 penalty minutes in 115 games. Before turning professional to begin the 1997-98 season, the Halifax, Nova Scotia native played three seasons with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), posting 103 points (45g, 58a) and 207 penalty minutes in 173 games.