Former San Diego Gulls Captain B.J. MacPherson was recently named Volunteer of the Week by The San Diego Union-Tribune. MacPherson is a volunteer coach with the San Diego Surf Hockey Association, directing the organization’s new Midget AA team. Comprised of players between the ages of 15-17, the team expects to play a 50-game schedule beginning in September.
“I’m coaching because I’m a rink rat,” MacPherson told The Union-Tribune. “I love teaching kids and just being around the game.”
MacPherson’s playing career ended following a neck and spinal cord injury suffered during the 2001 West Coast Hockey League Finals. Told that he might not walk again following the accident, MacPherson took his first unaided steps a month later. He has worked the past two seasons as a color commentator on the Gulls radio and television broadcasts, and has been taking broadcasting courses at San Diego City College to expand on his role.
Selected by Washington in the 11th round (263rd overall) of the 1992 National Hockey League Entry Draft, MacPherson began his professional career in 1994-95, scoring 46 points (16g-30a) in 54 regular season games and four points (1g-3a) in three postseason games with Toledo of the ECHL while also scoring 11 points (4g-7a) in 15 regular season games with Greensboro of the ECHL. MacPherson scored 67 points (22g-45a) in 64 regular season games and four points (1g-3a) in five postseason games with Toledo in 1995-96. In five seasons with San Diego, MacPherson scored 345 points (137g-208a) in 309 regular season games and 48 points (19g-29a) in 52 playoff games while helping the Gulls win the WCHL title in 1997, 1998 and 2001.