Friday Flashback: MacSwain was true pioneer of Alaska hockey

July 2, 2021

Steve MacSwain

Few Alaska athletes have seen their legacy stand the test of time quite like Anchorage’s Steve MacSwain.

A true hockey pioneer, his scoring records from the 1980s still serve as a modern benchmark.

As a high school senior, the 1982 East grad became the first Alaska player to record 100 points in a season on 55 goals and 49 assists. His 104 points rank second today.

The next season he set a U.S. Hockey League scoring record with 60 goals in 48 games with Dubuque, and his 122 points rank fourth today.

In college, his 31 goals in the 1986-87 season at the University of Minnesota are still the most for an Alaskan in a single season at the NCAA DI level.

He was the first Alaskan to play for Team USA at the World Championships and the first Alaskan drafted by an NHL team.

MacSwain is rink royalty in these neck of the woods.

His 147 career college points and 68 goals are fourth among Alaskans at the D1 level. His 79 career assists rank fifth.

In 1986, MacSwain was selected by the Calgary Flames with the No. 4 overall pick in the NHL Supplemental Draft.

He played six years in pro pucks, making stops in Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany, before returning home to skate for the Anchorage Aces from 1995 to 2000, notching 144 points in 186 career games.

MacSwain also played three years of major league roller hockey and in 1995 with the Los Angeles Blades bagged 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 21 games.

Friday Flashback is a series created by Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. To read about other Alaskans featured in this series, click here.