By Andrew Sodergren
Naples Daily News
ESTERO, Fla. – Florida Everblades defenseman Franklin MacDonald has been announced the winner of “Making the Cut: Last Man Standing”, a Canadian hockey reality series.
MacDonald won the competition in August, but was unable to tell anyone he had won it due to a confidentiality agreement he signed before filming the show.
The show pitted MacDonald against 35 other Canadian hockey hopefuls, who tested their skills during a 16-day period in Vernon, B.C. Everblades teammate Adam Taylor joined MacDonald as one of the three finalists, with goaltender David Tremblay the other.
David Brine and Jarret Lukin of the Everblades were also involved in the show, but didn’t make the final cut.
For winning the show, MacDonald won a $250,000 endorsement contract, a Subaru and the services of an NHL agent. McDonald already had an agent, so he passed on the latter.
The performance was perhaps more valuable in that it helped earn him a three-year contract with the Florida Panthers. Former Panthers general manager Mike Keenan is involved with the show and was impressed by MacDonald’s performance.
MacDonald had four goals and 20 assists in 56 games for the Everblades this season. He had a goal and two assists in 11 playoff games. He also appeared in 11 regular-season games with the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans.