TRURO – Andrew MacDonald is getting a hefty raise in pay.
MacDonald, who played junior A hockey for the Truro Bearcats, signed a six-year, $30-million extension with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old native of Judique, Inverness County is making $550,000 this season. His new deal will pay him $5 million per season during the term of the contract.
MacDonald was selected by the New York Islanders in the 2006 NHL entry draft in the sixth round, 160th overall.
The six-foot, 196 pound defenceman was acquired by the Flyers on March 4 for a third-round pick in the 2014 draft, a 2015 second-round pick and minor league forward Matt Mangene.
MacDonald had four goals and 24 assists in 82 regular-season games this season and blocked a league-high 242 shots.
The Flyers open the Stanley Cup playoffs on Thursday when they visit the New York Rangers.
MacDonald would have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
MacDonald played for the Bearcats during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons before leaving Truro for Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.