2000-01 – Ian McDonald made his debut in the WHL with the Tri-City Americans in 2000 where he notched an assist in three games with the club. McDonald was a first-round selection, and No. 3 overall, by the Americans in the 2000 WHL bantam draft.
2001-02 – His first full season with the Americans, McDonald scored two goals and had 15 points in 60 games.
2002-03 – In 69 games McDonald pots 11 goals and finishes the season with 23 points.
2003-04 – McDonald has a breakout year with the Americans, nearly doubling his point total from the previous season. His 38 assists tied him for first on the team with Dylan Stanley and his 44 points on the season put him in a tie with Nikita Korovkin for third-best on the Americans.
2004-05 – Another strong year for McDonald in Tri-City, with 16 goals and 42 points in 65 games, good for fourth-best on the team.
2005-06 – McDonald’s strongest season in the WHL was his last. In 71 games he led the team in goals with 37, points with 92 and assists with 55, which was also a league-high total. His point total was also good for third-highest in the league. He was acknowledged for his efforts by being named the WHL’s player of the month for December. McDonald was also named to the WHL’s Western Conference first all-star team. He played three postseason games with the Rio Grande Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League and scored one goal.
McDonald is a solid open-ice player who has strong passing skills and can see the ice well. Strong on his skates, he also possesses a good work ethic.
A strong fifth-season in junior, combined with a solid showing in postseason action with the Rio Grande Killer Bees, should give McDonald the chance to show his skills and potentially sign with a professional team.