The Summit in 1974

Club 1974:
Vancouver Blazers

John McKenzie
# 23, Team CANADA 1974

Club: Vancouver Blazers
Position: RW  Shoots: Right
Height: 5-09 Weight: 170
Born: 12/12/1937 in High River, Alberta

Johnny (Pie) McKenzie was one of the great characters in the world of professional hockey. A rodeo rider in the off-season (until he ruptured his spleen doing so!) John broke into the NHL in 1958-59 with the Chicago Black Hawks. He then spent several seasons bouncing between the minors, and the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers.

In 1965 John was traded to the Boston Bruins and it is there that he really found his home. Given a chance to play on a regular basis "Pie" rounded into a capable goal scorer, and defensive player. McKenzie was also a battler who would never hesitate to drop his gloves and fight anyone. He was a key member of the Bruins Stanley Cup winning teams in 1969-70, and 1971-72 playing on their second line with John Bucyk and Fred Stanfield. In the summer of 1972 McKenzie joined the rush of NHL players who jumped to the WHA, signing a large contract with the Philadelphia Blazers. John would end up playing 7 full seasons in the WHA before retiring in the spring of 1979.

Billy Harris was hoping "Pie" would add some veteran savvy to Team Canada. McKenzie had an outstanding training camp playing on a line with Bobby Hull, and Andre Lacroix. McKenzie's role was to be the corner man, getting the puck to Hull, the legendary goal scorer, or Lacroix the brilliant playmaker. McKenzie started the series playing this role to perfection. He opened the scoring in the series in the 1st period of game 1. Late that same game with Team Canada trailing 3-2, John dug the puck out to Andre Lacoix who set up Hull for the game tying goal. In game 2 McKenzie had a pair of assists. After that however things went downhill. Johnny began taking penalties, either unable or unwilling to control his temper when provoked. As the penalties climbed his play fell off. By the time of game 7 McKenzie had been moved to the fourth line, replaced by Tom Webster. He finished the series with 1 goal, and 3 assists.


  Career Statistics
Competitions GP G A PTS PIM
NHL Reg. Season 691 206 268 474 917
NHL Playoffs 69 15 32 47 133
WHA Reg. Season 477 163 250 413 623
WHA Playoffs 33 14 15 29 42


- Played in the professional hockey leagues: 1958-79
- Pro hockey clubs:
NHL: Chicago, Detroit, NYR, Boston; WHA: Philadelphia, Vancouver, Minnesota, Cincinnati, New England
- Stanley Cups (2): 1970, 1972
- NHL awards:
NHL All Star (2nd Team) 1970


GP Goals Assists Points PIM
7 1 3 4 12

  Scoring History
Game 1112:13Goal 
Game 1302:18AssistGTG
Game 2110:49AssistGWG, PPG
Game 2202:50Assist 

  Penalties History
Game 1204:24crosschecking
Game 3201:24roughing
Game 3205:49roughing
Game 4307:30elbowing
Game 4310:26hooking
Game 5201:52hooking




The Summit in 1974