Brett McLean

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Brett McLean
Brett McLean (HC Lugano).jpg
Born (1978-08-14) August 14, 1978 (age 36)
Comox, BC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NLA team
Former teams
HC Lugano
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 242nd overall, 1997
Dallas Stars
Playing career 1999–present

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[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2] A free-agent he signed with the Colorado Avalanche on July 21, 2004.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

On September 9, 2009, McLean was invited to the Tampa Bay Lightning training camp for the 2009–10 season.[6] McLean was among the final cuts before the season began and was released.[7] 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.[8]

On July 1, 2011, After two years spent in Europe, McLean signed a two-way contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.[9] 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.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Tacoma Rockets WHL 67 11 23 34 33 4 0 1 1 0
1995–96 Kelowna Rockets WHL 71 37 42 79 60 6 2 2 4 6
1996–97 Kelowna Rockets WHL 72 44 60 104 96 6 4 2 6 12
1997–98 Kelowna Rockets WHL 54 42 46 88 91 7 4 5 9 17
1998–99 Kelowna Rockets WHL 44 32 38 70 46
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 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 8 4 7 11 6
1999–00 Saint John Flames AHL 72 15 23 38 115 3 0 1 1 2
2000–01 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 74 20 24 44 54 4 0 0 0 18
2001–02 Houston Aeros AHL 78 24 21 45 71 14 1 6 7 12
2002–03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 77 23 38 61 60 9 2 6 8 9
2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 4 3 3 6 6
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 11 20 31 54
2004–05 Malmö IF SEL 38 7 6 13 102
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 9 31 40 51 8 0 1 1 4
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 78 15 20 35 36
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 67 14 23 37 34
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 80 7 12 19 29
2009–10 SC Bern NLA 34 13 20 33 24 15 5 7 12 8
2010–11 SC Bern NLA 50 10 17 27 22 6 3 0 3 6
2011–12 Rockford IceHogs AHL 36 7 14 21 20
2011–12 HC Lugano NLA 10 5 1 6 4 6 0 3 3 4
2012–13 HC Lugano NLA 50 13 24 37 44 6 1 6 7 6
2013–14 HC Lugano NLA 50 18 26 44 52 5 0 0 0 10
NHL totals 385 56 106 162 204 8 0 1 1 4
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Canada
Spengler Cup
Gold 2012 Davos

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Canada WJC 7 1 1 2 4
Junior totals 7 1 1 2 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL
West Second All-Star Team 1998

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McLean's patience pays off". Florida Panthers. 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets 2 defeat Chicago Blackhawks 1". hockeyreference.com. 2003-10-13. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Hinote re-ups for one-year, $700,000". ESPN. 2004-07-22. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  4. ^ "Brett McLean inks 3-year deal with Panthers". Florida Panthers. 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  5. ^ "NHLers McKee, Schaefer and McLean placed on waivers". TSN. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  6. ^ "Brett McLean to be at Lightning training camp". tboforums.com. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  7. ^ "Disappointed Ryan Craig among Tampa Bay Lightning cuts". Tampabay.com. 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2009-09-30. [dead link]
  8. ^ "McLean '99 signs with Bern". Notre Dame. 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  9. ^ "Blackhawks agree to terms with Brunette, Mayers, McLean and O'Donnell". Chicago Blackhawks. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  10. ^ "Lugano extend Brett McLean to 2013" (in German). HC Lugano. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 

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