August 14, 1978 |
Comox, BC, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|NHL Draft||242nd overall, 1997
Brett McLean (born August 14, 1978) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for HC Lugano in the National League A in Switzerland. He has previously played for the Colorado Avalanche, the Florida Panthers and the Chicago Blackhawks as well as the Swiss team SC Bern of the NLA.
Playing career 
Brett McLean was selected with the sixth last pick, 242nd overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars. Despite a productive junior career with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, McLean was unable to earn a contract from the Stars. Unsigned, McLean toiled in the minor leagues with affiliates of the Calgary Flames and the Minnesota Wild before signing with the Chicago Blackhawks and making his NHL debut in the 2002–03 season.
In the 2003–04 season, McLean played his first full year in the NHL as he scored 11 goals with the rebuilding Blackhawks. Brett scored his first career NHL goal in his third career game on October 16, 2003 against Marc Denis and the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 2-1 Blackhawks loss. A free-agent he signed with the Colorado Avalanche on July 21, 2004. In 2004–05, he joined the Malmö Redhawks of the Swedish Elitserien during the NHL lockout. Brett scored a career-high 40 points in 2005–06 with the Avalanche and backed up the following season with 15 even strength goals in the 2006–07 season.
On July 1, 2007, McLean signed a three-year contract with the Florida Panthers. In his first season with the Panthers in 2007–08, McLean finished 5th on the team in points with 37 in 67 games. Brett failed to reproduce the same form in the 2008–09 season as his points total dipped to 19. Following the Panthers failure to reach the playoffs, McLean was bought-out from the remaining year of his contract on June 29, 2009.
On September 9, 2009, McLean was invited to the Tampa Bay Lightning training camp for the 2009–10 season. McLean was among the final cuts before the season began and was released. On October 10, 2009, McLean signed a one-year contract with SC Bern, in Swiss National League, where he spent the next two years. A.
On July 1, 2011, After two years spent in Europe, McLean signed a two-way contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. Unable to stick with the Blackhawks out of training camp, McLean was assigned to affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. Apon reaching the midpoint of the 2011–12 season without a recall, McLean sought a release and returned to the Swiss NLA, signing and later extending for a further season with HC Lugano on March 15, 2012.
Career statistics 
Regular season and playoffs 
|1998–99||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||21||15||16||31||20||5||1||6||7||8|
|1998–99||Cincinnati Mighty Ducks||AHL||7||0||3||3||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Saint John Flames||AHL||72||15||23||38||115||3||0||1||1||2|
|Junior int'l totals||7||1||1||2||4|
- "McLean's patience pays off". Florida Panthers. 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- "Columbus Blue Jackets 2 defeat Chicago Blackhawks 1". hockeyreference.com. 2003-10-13. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- "Hinote re-ups for one-year, $700,000". ESPN. 2004-07-22. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- "Brett McLean inks 3-year deal with Panthers". Florida Panthers. 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- "NHLers McKee, Schaefer and McLean placed on waivers". TSN. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- "Brett McLean to be at Lightning training camp". tboforums.com. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
- "Disappointed Ryan Craig among Tampa Bay Lightning cuts". Tampabay.com. 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2009-09-30.[dead link]
- "McLean '99 signs with Bern". Notre Dame. 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
- "Blackhawks agree to terms with Brunette, Mayers, McLean and O'Donnell". Chicago Blackhawks. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
- "Lugano extend Brett McLean to 2013" (in German). HC Lugano. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2012-03-15.