Sunday, November 28, 2010
When the Hartford Whalers signed an affiliation agreement with the Binghamton franchise in 1981, they too signed MacGregor, with the sole purpose of keeping the popular spark-plug in that city. In fact, his #11 jersey was retired by the organization, although the number returned to circulation when the New York Rangers formed an affiliation with the team in 1991.
"Goldy" MacGregor was having a fine season with the baby Whalers in 1981-82 - 23 goals and 50 assists in 71 games, plus 115 PIM. The NHL Whalers, suffering through a less than memorable season, were giving their prospects a look-see by the end of the year and that included MacGregor! He got his only NHL call-up and responded well. He scored on his only shot on goal - at the time of this writing is the only player since 1967 expansion to score on his only shot on goal - and added an assist and a minor penalty, in two games.
Randy slumped through a bad 1982-83 season though, scoring just 13 goals in 62 AHL games. He was released at the end of the year and signed on with Adirondack of the AHL for one final season of professional hockey.
In 1998 MacGregor, Ken Holland and Dusters team founder Jim Matthews were the first people inducted into the Binghamton hockey hall of fame.