Weegar with the Portland Pirates in 2015
January 7, 1994|
Nepean, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|NHL team||Florida Panthers|
206th overall, 2013|
MacKenzie Weegar (born January 7, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Weegar was drafted with the Panthers last pick, 206th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Weegar played major junior hockey with the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. After his selection to the Panthers, Weegar was signed following his second season with the Mooseheads in 2013–14 to a three-year, entry-level deal on May 29, 2014.
Weegar turned professional during the 2014–15 AHL season, appearing in 31 games for the Panthers' AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage. Weegar also skated in 21 games for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.
During the final year of his entry-level deal in the 2016–17, having played primarily with the Panthers' AHL affiliates, Weegar received his first NHL recall to the NHL on April 3, 2017. He made debut with the Panthers that night in a 4–1 defeat against the Montreal Canadiens. After three games with Florida, Weegar was returned to conclude the season with the Springfield Thunderbirds.
On August 3, 2017, the Panthers re-signed Weegar to a one-year, two-way contract.
On October 20, 2017, Weegar scored his first NHL goal against Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltender Matt Murray to tie the Panthers with the Penguins 3–3. He was subsequently re-signed to one-year, one-way contracts in 2018 and 2019.
On November 6, 2020, Weegar was re-signed to a three-year contract with the Panthers.
|2014–15||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||31||2||8||10||40||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|Rookie of the Year||2012|
|Second All-Star Team||2012|
|Top Prospect Award||2012|
|Best plus-minus (+55)||2013|
|Memorial Cup champion||2013|
|Second All-Star Team||2014|
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