Lanny McDonald was Toronto's first choice, 4th overall, in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft and got off to slow starts in both his rookie and sophomore seasons.
McDonald was known for his blistering shot off the right wing and when he took the body hard in the corners, players felt the contact and remembered it. McDonald was a tough, clean player and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star team in 1977. Lanny McDonald also played in the 1978 All-Star Game and was a member of the NHL squad that played the Soviet National Team in the Challenge Cup series in 1979.
The 1988-89 season was a banner year for McDonald; he won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the "Bud" Man of the Year Award, and scored his 1,000th point against the Winnipeg Jets.
Lanny McDonald was a Vice-President with the Flames organization for many years following his retirement and was named general manager of Team Canada in the 2001 World Championships.