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Derek MacKenzie | Center | #17

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/11/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 181
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 5 (128) / WPG
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Derek MacKenzie got his first goal of the season on Thursday night.
MacKenzie registered a shorthanded goal in the second period to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead in what would become a 3-2 win over Philadelphia. "It's nice to see our captain get rewarded," coach Bob Boughner said. "He comes to work every day hard. He's got a big job to do both on and off the ice. He's done a great job of that." MacKenzie has eight points in 32 contests this campaign. Fri, Dec 29, 2017 09:17:00 AM

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The Florida Panthers have announced that Derek MacKenzie has been activated off of IR.

In a corresponding move, the Panthers have placed forward Radim Vrbata on IR. MacKenzie has four points in 16 games this season. He has no fantasy value.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 05:17:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie (lower body) took part in Friday's practice.

MacKenzie has officially been cleared for contact, as he's missed each of the last five games due to injury. He might be able to suit up on Saturday. Even if he doesn't, it appears as though his return is imminent.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 10:38:00 AM

Derek MacKenzie (lower body) will remain out of the lineup on Wednesday night.

MacKenzie has been sidelined since Nov. 11 because of a lower-body injury. The Panthers captain has four assists in 16 games this season.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 02:00:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie (lower body) is considered day-to-day.

MacKenzie may not be ready to play Tuesday against Dallas after he logged just 1:54 of ice time on Saturday versus New Jersey. He didn't take part in Monday's practice.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 04:34:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie is excited to have Bob Boughner as the new head coach of the Panthers.

"He's a player's coach, an all-in kind of guy," said Florida's captain. "He can relate to you. He's a guy you have a great relationship with, but he's not afraid to put his foot down. When he came to you and needed something from you, you wanted to do it." MacKenzie has played for Boughner before when he was an assistant for Columbus in 2010.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 10:57:00 AM

The Florida Panthers have booked six exhibition games for 2017.

Florida will kick things off with a doubleheader in Nashville on Sept. 19. The Panthers will then play in Tampa Bay on Sept. 24 before returning home to face the Lightning twice more on Sept. 26 and Sept. 28. The Panthers will wrap things up with a game in Montreal on Sept. 29.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 10:34:00 AM

The Florida Panthers' coaching search reportedly can't be completed yet because they are interested in interviewing members of playoff squads.

The Panthers reportedly have interest in Predators assistant coach Phil Housley and Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden, but they can't be interviewed while their teams are in the playoffs. Washington was eliminated on Wednesday, so Reirden can now be approached, but Housley's Predators advanced to the Western Conference Final. It's believed that the Panthers have interviewed Michel Therrien and University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery.
Thu, May 11, 2017 10:12:00 AM

Derek MacKenzie scored his sixth goal of the season in Sunday's finale.

MacKenzie finishes the year with six tallies and 16 points in 82 games. The Panthers topped Washington 2-0 in the finale.
Sun, Apr 9, 2017 11:14:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie is poised to play in his 500th career game Wednesday night.

The captain of the Florida Panthers has 10 points in 46 games this season as well as 105 points in 499 appearances.
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 05:51:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie skipped practice on Monday because "he wasn't feeling great," according to coach Gerard Gallant.

However, he is expected to play on Tuesday night. Newcomer Seth Griffith filled in on the third line in MacKenzie's absence at practice.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 05:03:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie netted his first goal of 2016-17 in Monday's 3-1 win against Tampa Bay.

He sealed the victory with an empty-netter with 35.5 seconds left in the third period. MacKenzie's marker ended a 25-game goal drought. The Panthers captain has three points in 13 games this year.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 09:53:00 AM

It's official, Derek MacKenzie has been name the ninth captain in Florida Panthers history.

"Derek embodies the type of character and work ethic we want a Florida Panther to possess," President of Hockey Ops Dale Tallon said. "He is a respected leader both on and off the ice in this organization and within the South Florida community. We are very excited to move forward with Derek as our team's captain." A surprising choice to say the least as the 35-year-old MacKenzie has seen just 453 games worth of NHL action since being drafted in 1999. He's also entering his third season with Florida and has averaged just 12:45 a night with them. Be that as it may he'll be joined by Jussi Jokinen and, presumably the team's 10th captain, Aaron Ekblad with "A's" on their chests.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 01:20:00 PM

Derek MacKenzie is expected to be named as the Florida Panthers' new captain.

MacKenzie will be replacing Willie Mitchell, who held the role from 2014-16. MacKenzie is entering his third season with the Panthers and the 35-year-old is a veteran of 453 games.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 10:59:00 AM

Derek MacKenzie is an option for Florida to move up to the third line.

He did a few times last season and the Panthers need someone to fill in while Nick Bjugstad recovers from a broken hand. Jared McCann and Denis Malgin are in the mix as well.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 08:57:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Vincent Trocheck
3Nick Bjugstad
4Jared McCann
5Derek MacKenzie
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jamie McGinn
3Connor Brickley
4Denis Malgin
RW1Evgenii Dadonov
2Radim Vrbata
3Colton Sceviour
4Micheal Haley
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Keith Yandle
3Mike Matheson
4Alex Petrovic
5Mark Pysyk
6Ian McCoshen
7MacKenzie Weegar
G1Roberto Luongo
2James Reimer
3Harri Sateri