Duncan MacPherson

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Duncan MacPherson
Duncan macpherson.jpg
A passport photograph of MacPherson, taken a few weeks before his death.
Born(1966-02-03)February 3, 1966
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
DiedAugust 9, 1989(1989-08-09) (aged 23)
Stubai Glacier Resort, Austria
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
PositionDefenceman
ShotLeft
Played forSpringfield Indians
Indianapolis Ice
NHL Draft20th overall, 1984
New York Islanders
Playing career1986–1989
 
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Duncan MacPherson
Duncan macpherson.jpg
A passport photograph of MacPherson, taken a few weeks before his death.
Born(1966-02-03)February 3, 1966
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
DiedAugust 9, 1989(1989-08-09) (aged 23)
Stubai Glacier Resort, Austria
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
PositionDefenceman
ShotLeft
Played forSpringfield Indians
Indianapolis Ice
NHL Draft20th overall, 1984
New York Islanders
Playing career1986–1989

Duncan Alvin MacPherson (February 3, 1966 – August 9, 1989) was a professional ice hockey player who died under mysterious circumstances. He was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. A standout defensive defenceman for the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League, MacPherson was drafted in the first round, 20th overall, of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. He played minor league hockey for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League and the Indianapolis Ice of the International Hockey League.

Disappearance[edit]

In the summer of 1989, MacPherson went to Europe. The New York Islanders had bought out and released the often injured MacPherson,[1] who never made it to the NHL.[2] MacPherson had intentions of taking a job as a player-coach for a semi-pro hockey team in Dundee, Scotland, commencing in August 1989, though he did have a bad feeling in his gut about the entrepreneur Ron Dixon who was backing the Scottish team.[2] He went to central Europe alone in early August 1989, the plan being to visit old friends and see the sights before going on to Scotland.

He was scheduled to arrive in Dundee on August 12. When he did not show up, his family went to look for him. A car he had borrowed from a friend was discovered six weeks later in the parking lot of the Stubaital ski-region resort at the foot of the Stubai Glaciers in the Stubai Alps in Austria, where he had rented a snowboard. His last known contact was with an employee of the ski resort on August 9, who reported that he spoke with MacPherson, and last saw MacPherson departing alone to perhaps squeeze in some final snowboarding and hiking before nightfall.[2]

Adding drama to the mystery was the fact that MacPherson claimed he had been contacted by the CIA, and that they were interested in recruiting him as a spy. The story was never confirmed.[1]

Almost 14 years after MacPherson disappeared, an employee of the Stubai Glacier Resort discovered a glove sticking out of the ice of the melting Schaufelferner Glacier (one of the Stubai Glaciers' arms), in the middle of the ski run, where MacPherson's body had lain frozen.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1982–83Saskatoon BladesWHL52461620000
1983–84Saskatoon BladesWHL450141474
1984–85Saskatoon BladesWHL699263511630004
1985–86Saskatoon BladesWHL7010546414713381138
1986–87Springfield IndiansAHL2610186
1987–88Springfield IndiansAHL7451419213
1988–89Springfield IndiansAHL2415669
1988–89Indianapolis IceIHL3314523
WHL totals189219811935318381142
AHL totals12471926368

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Duncan MacPherson profile". Hockey Draft Central. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  2. ^ a b c Jones, Chris (2004-12-31). "The man in the ice". Esquire. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Iceman". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 

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Preceded by
Gerald Diduck
New York Islanders first round draft pick
1983
Succeeded by
Brad Dalgarno