Dennis MacDonald is serving as an athletic trainer for the U.S. National Junior Team for the first time in 2024.
Previously, MacDonald served as an athletic trainer at the 2022 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship. He was selected to serve on the U.S. National Team staff for the 2020 IIHF World Championship, his first appointment at that level. 2017, he fulfilled athletic trainer duties for the silver medal-winning U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team, a role he also held with the bronze medal-winning 2016 U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team.
MacDonald has been a staff member of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program since the 2015-16 season. In that span, MacDonald has worked with both the U.S Under-17 and Under-18 teams that compete in the United States Hockey League as well as against NCAA (Division I & III) and international opponents.
Prior to joining the NTDP, MacDonald served on the OHL Plymouth Whalers staff for 17 seasons. During that time, the Whalers captured one J. Ross Robertson Cup (2006-07) as league playoff champions along with three Hamilton Spectator trophies as the league’s regular-season champions (1999, 2000, 2002). His tenure in Plymouth included work as an athletic trainer and equipment manager, while also handling team logistics.
A Detroit native, MacDonald graduated in 1995 from Wayne State University with a degree in exercise science.