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MacGyver: Thin Ice

MacGyver's old coach asks him to fill in as his hockey team heads to the state finals, and MacGyver must deal with the star player's violent temper and the reasons that drive him to it.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x13
Production Number: 058
Airdate: Monday February 01st, 1988

Director: Cliff Bole
Writer: Rick Drew

Guest Stars
Martin MilnerMartin Milner
As Turk Donner
Ken Camroux-TaylorKen Camroux-Taylor
As Brett Thompson
Jeff SchultzJeff Schultz
As Derek Kirby
Clu GulagerClu Gulager
As Walt Kirby

Co-Guest Stars
Claire Brown (1)Claire Brown (1)
As Dr. Sylvia Warner
Gary ChalkGary Chalk
As Tony Ellis
Steve ArmitageSteve Armitage
As Radio Announcer
Sean BernerSean Berner
As Henderson
Andrew CochraneAndrew Cochrane
As Johnson
Kevin Conway (1)Kevin Conway (1)
As Wilson (as Kevin John Conway)
Greg CameronGreg Cameron
As Head Referee
John Ashbridge (2)John Ashbridge (2)
As P.A. Announcer
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver


At the Minnesota State College Hockey Championships, MacGyver is coaching the local team, the Raiders, through the playoffs. His primary problem is Derek Kirby, the team’s best player. He’s in the penalty box again during the first of the best of three games. Once his time is up, he’s back on the ring and makes a score to tie the game. A NHL scout for the Mustangs, Brent Thompson, stops by to check out the players and notes that Derek is one of the best. However, Derek recently got kicked off Team USA due to fighting...

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Episode Notes
The University of British Columbia's junior varsity hockey team are acknowledged in the end credits for their assistance.

Episode Quotes
MacGyver: Like most kids growing up in Minnesota, I could skate before I could walk. So when my old coach sent a call for help, I jumped at the chance to come home and coach his team through the state championship playoffs.

Derek Kirby: Do you know what it’s like to be chosen from 400 of the best players in the country?
MacGyver: I wish I did.

Derek Kirby: It’s all I can do, MacGyver. Hockey’s in my blood.
MacGyver: I understand that. Just take the blood out of your hockey.

Dr. Sylvia Warner: Turk, I told you, no hockey. No excitement.
Turk Donner: Now wait a minute, doc. Are you telling me that I’m getting out of here in a week and I can’t even listen to a game on the radio? Cause if that’s what you’re telling me, you may as well pull the plug right now. Because the first thing I’m going to do when I get out of here is find a hockey game. And I don’t care if it’s Peewees on a pond.
Dr. Sylvia Warner: You are a real big pain, you know that?
Turk Donner: Of course I know that.
Dr. Sylvia Warner: What’s the score?
Turk Donner: We’re up by one. Pull up a bed, doc, and sit down.

MacGyver: You know, when something’s broken, the easiest thing to do is just throw it away, forget about it. But if you just step back, take a look at what you got, sometimes you find a totally different way of making it work.

MacGyver: There always seems to be a way to fix things.

MacGyver: You ready for this?
Turk Donner: Don’t worry. Somebody’s always got battery cables in cased I need a jump start.

Episode References
* Repairing a compressor spring using the battery coil from a flashlight

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerHenry Winkler  |  John Rich (1)  |  Stephen Downing
Supervising ProducerCalvin Clements, Jr.
ProducerMichael Greenburg (1)  |  Stephen Kandel
Co-ProducerJohn Whelpley
Associate ProducerHudson Hickman
EditorRobert Lederman  |  William Paul Dornisch
CastingFiona Jackson  |  Barbara Hanley  |  Cathy Henderson
First Assistant DirectorPeter Dashkewytch
Second Assistant DirectorDavid Markowitz
MusicKen Harrison
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerThomas Welsh
HairstylistIan C. Ballard
Make-upJacky Wilkinson
Key GripNick Kuchera
Set DecoratorDominique Fauquet-LeMaitre
Location ManagerDavid Keiss
Property MasterPat O'Brien (3)
Construction CoordinatorCharles Leitrants
Script SupervisorSusan Weir
Production CoordinatorElaine Fleming
Post Production SupervisorBruce Williams
Supervising Sound EditorWilliam H. Angarola
GafferLen Wolfe
Director of PhotographyWilliam Gereghty (1)
Story EditorRick Drew
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Art DirectorRex Raglan
Production ManagerRobert Frederick
Sound MixerEric Batut
Special EffectsBilly Myatt
Executive Story EditorReed Moran
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
Assistant Costume DesignerStephanie Nolin
Hockey Technical ConsultantDan Shea
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