Kurtis MacDermid
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Kurtis MacDermid


Sauble Beach Ontario

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Free agent signing, 2012


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2009-10: Kurtis MacDermid played minor midget hockey with the Grey-Bruce Highlanders in Central Ontario. MacDermid was selected by the Owen Sound Attack in the seventh round (139th overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.

2010-11: MacDermid skated for the Owen Sound Grays in the GOJHL. He was the leading scorer among defensemen for the Grays; finishing with 6 goals and 16 assists with 124 penalty minutes while playing all 51 games. The Grays finished last in the Midwestern Conference; winning just four games.

2011-12: MacDermid made his OHL debut; appearing in nine games due to a bout with mononucleosis, a season-ending injury in January and the presence of several veteran defensemen in the Owen Sound lineup. He had 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 7 penalty minutes. He also returned to the Grays, skating in 20 games, and had 3 goals with 6 assists and 80 penalty minutes. The Greys missed the GOJHL playoffs; finishing last in the Midwestern Conference. MacDermid attended the Kings’ prospect camp in July after passing through the 2012 NHL Draft without being selected and signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Kings in September, 2012.

2012-13: MacDermid skated in 65 games for Owen Sound in his first full season in the OHL. He scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was +7; finishing second on the Attack with 110 penalty minutes. Owen Sound finished second to OHL champion London in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. MacDermid had 3 assists and was +3 with 11 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games.

2013-14: MacDermid attended his second training camp with the Kings before being returned to Owen Sound. He was acquired by Erie in exchange for OHL draft picks in January 2014 and finished the season with the Otters. In 66 regular season games between the two teams he scored 7 goals with 12 assists and was +22 (+21 with Erie) with 165 penalty minutes. Erie was one of the big turnaround stories in junior hockey; finishing second in the Midwest Division and reaching the OHL Western Conference finals. Mac Dermid had an even plus/minus with 3 assists and 29 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games.

2014-15: MacDermid attended training camp with the Kings before being returned to Erie for his fourth OHL season. Skating on a loaded Otters’ team with forwards Dylan Strome (ARI) and Connor McDavid (EDM) and freewheeling defenseman Darren Raddysh, MacDermid had career highs in goals (8) and assists (32) and was +20 with a team-high 129 penalty minutes. Erie finished first in the Midwest Division and reached the OHL Finals against eventual Memorial Cup champion Oshawa. MacDermid had 5 assists and was +2 with 23 penalty  minutes in 12 playoff games, missing eight games after serving a suspension for a hit to the head on London’s Max Domi in the first game of their second-round series.  

2015-16: MacDermid skated for re-located Kings’ AHL affiliate Ontario in his first pro season. The defending AHL champions as the Manchester Monarchs, the Reign were once again one of the top teams in the league, battling the Texas Stars for the top spot in the new Pacific Division. Steadily working his way into a deep blueline in Ontario as a 21-year-old, MacDermid led the Reign in penalty minutes while chipping in at the offensive end. 

Talent Analysis

MacDermid is the son of former NHL right wing Paul MacDermid and like his father relishes the physical aspects of the game and is a wiling combatant when the situation presents itself. He is a big, no nonsense, punishing defenseman. MacDermid likes to take the body and drop the gloves in defense of his teammates and to get the energy going. He has limited offensive upside — though he has shown some playmaking ability since joining the high-flying Otters. Overall, he relies primarily on his defensive play and physicality.


MacDermid is skating for the AHL's Ontario Reign in his first pro season in 2015-16. Part of a veteran defense corps for the defending AHL champions, he has worked himself into a niche for the Reign while also chipping in offensively in a lower pairing role. MacDermid's calling card at the pro level will likely be his physical play and hard-edged style. The Kings' defensive group at the NHL level is one of the league's best so MacDermid could spend most of his original entry-level deal in Ontario. His package of toughness and positional play makes him an attractive trade option for other clubs in need of those elements.

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