Donald M. McGinnis
Donald M. McGinnis
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Team: Ice Hockey

Donald M. McGinnis '70
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 1981

Donald M. McGinnis '70, at age eight, looked out the back windowone morning and saw that his father had flooded the back yard attheir Toronto home. He also found a pair of skates hanging on hisbed post. The boy got the message and started skating that veryafternoon. Between 1966-70, Don McGinnis tended goal for the Brownhockey teams, earning first-team All-East and first-team All-Ivyhonors, along with some superlatives from his coach, Jim Fullerton."When Don came to us he had no real weakness that had to becorrected," Fullerton says. "What he did have was exceptionalquickness, high intelligence, a special knack for knowing how tocut the angles, the ability to force the skater into committinghimself first, and about two tons of courage in his 5-5, 145-poundframe. More than any other player I've coached, Don made thecomplete study of the game of hockey. He not only became a masterat his own position, but he also made it a point to know all thepositions and what the players are supposed to do." High praiseindeed from Fullerton, who was one of the top goalies in the nationhimself during his days at Norwich. Fullerton was the one whodubbed McGinnis "The Cat," in obvious reference to his quickness.When I was in high school, I used to think that goal tending wasjust quickness, but he drilled into me the importance of angles -the art of the coming out of the cage to cut down on the shootersangle. We'd work for hours just on that phase of the game." The Catlearned his lessons well. In his first game with the Bruin Cubs hekicked out 54 shots. It was more of the same sort of performancefor the next four years as McGinnis established himself as one ofBrown's finest net minders. Don McGinnis is living in Toronto,Canada, where he works for the transportation office of theDepartment of Veterans Affairs.