| Cedric McNicoll|
| August 28, 1988 (age 27)
Longueuil, Quebec (1988-08-28) |
Lake Erie Monsters
Albany River Rats
Cedric McNicoll Wikipedia
Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll (born August 28, 1988) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played with McGill University in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS). He last played professionally with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, then as a prospect of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Undrafted, McNicoll played Major junior hockey in the QMJHL with the Shawinigan Cataractes. Despite his small stature in size, McNicoll was an offensive force with the Cataractes since his debut at the end of the 2004-05 season. In 2007–08, despite being passed over in the NHL Entry Draft, his offensive prowess increased scoring 43 goals and 83 points in 69 games earning him the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy as the QMJHL and CHL Sportsman of the year.
Prior to the 2008–09 season, Cedric was invited to the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp. Earning interest from the NHL, he returned to Shawinigan and finished third in QMJHL scoring resulting in a nomination as the QMJHL MVP. McNicoll reached the 100 point milestone in the last week of the regular season, scoring 7 points in 3 games to earn him CHL player of the week honors. In the playoffs Cedric finished was 33 points in 21 games suffering a seven-game defeat to the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the QMJHL finals. He was named to the QMJHL First All-Star team and was awarded the QMJHL and CHL Sportsman of the Year Award for the second consecutive year.
At the tail end of his final season with Shawinigan, McNicoll was signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a three-year entry level contract on March 6, 2009. After attending the Avalanche's training camp, Cedric was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, to begin his first professional season in 2009–10. On December 30, 2009, McNicoll scored his first professional career goal with the Monsters in a 5-4 comeback victory against the Peoria Rivermen. He also added an assist and a shootout goal to be named first star of the game. Scoring a modest 13 point in 45 games with the Monsters, he was reassigned to ECHL affiliate the Charlotte Checkers before he was traded by the Avalanche, along with a sixth round pick, to the Carolina Hurricanes for Stephane Yelle and Harrison Reed on March 3, 2010. Cedric was assigned to the Albany River Rats of the AHL before finishing his whirlwind year with ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades.
At the conclusion of his entry-level contract, despite having top scored for the Everblades in the playoffs with 21 points to claim the Kelly Cup, McNicoll opted to halt his professional career in accepting a scholarship to McGill University. As a mandatory condition, McNicoll sat out the 2012–13 season and studied before joining the Redmen in scoring 35 points in 23 games in the 2013–14 season.QMJHL