BOSTON — Kevin McDonald considers himself one lucky guy.
He’s happily married with two children and three stepchildren. He lives one town over from where he grew up. He loves his job and, unlike many in his line of work, doesn’t often have to stray far from home to do it.
A 1983 graduate of St. John’s Prep, McDonald is the Assistant General Manager of the St. Louis Blues, who were in town last night to play the Boston Bruins in a battle of two of the NHL’s premier clubs.
Having spent the last 26 years working in the National Hockey League -- 13 with the New York Rangers and the last 13 with St. Louis -- McDonald is one of the fortunate few who was able to turn a passion into a profession. He has worked in a myriad of roles, from communications and scouting to player development and management, and still carries the same enthusiasm with him to the rink as he did as a 23-year-old New York Rangers’ intern in the fall of 1988.
“It’s been good timing and a lot of luck,” said the 48-year-old McDonald. “I’ve had a lot of great experiences with a lot of great people. I’ve been able to get a ton of experience in different areas of the game and the business, all in a sport that I love.”
His primary job these days is coordinating the transfer of players (from the NHL to the American Hockey League and vice versa), as well as acquiring pro players. He works closely with Doug Armstrong, the Blues’ Executive Vice President and General Manager, while travelling to rinks in the NHL and AHL (with occasional college games thrown in) to evaluate talent. McDonald helps research and negotiate with the the agents of players who might start in the minors.