Donald MacLean (ice hockey)

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Donald MacLean
Born (1977-01-14) January 14, 1977 (age 37)
Sydney, NS, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
EBEL team
Former teams
KHL Medveščak
Los Angeles Kings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
Phoenix Coyotes
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 1995
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1997–2011

Donald "Don" MacLean (born January 14, 1977 in Sydney, Nova Scotia) is former Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently assistant coach for KHL Medveščak in the Kontinental Hockey League. He played in the National Hockey League with the Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Playing career[edit]

MacLean was selected 33rd overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. MacLean spent three years playing junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In his second year he tallied 89 points in 61 games playing for three different teams (Beauport Harfangs, Laval Titan Collège Français and Hull Olympiques). His NHL debut was in Los Angeles in the 1997–1998 season where he played 22 games notching five goals and two assists.

On February 23, 2000, MacLean was traded by the Kings to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Craig Charron. Don spent the majority of his contract with the Leafs in the minors with the St. John's Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League. After finishing the 2001–02 as the AHL leading scorer, Don made his NHL play-off debut with the Leafs, playing in 3 games. On July 17, 2002, MacLean signed as a free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets and appeared in four regular season games.

On August 24, 2005, MacLean was signed by the Detroit Red Wings. In his first game as a Red Wing, MacLean opened the scoring against the Edmonton Oilers on an assist from Niklas Kronwall with a man-advantage. The Red Wings would eventually shut out the Oilers and MacLean was credited with the game-winning goal.

In the AHL, playing for the Red Wings affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins, MacLean recorded a point in 19 straight games between January 6 and February 18, 2006. This was the longest point streak for any AHL player in the 2005–06 season. The same year, MacLean scored five hat-tricks, the most by an AHL player since 2000. He participated in the 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic with fellow Griffins Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula, scoring two goals for the Canadian team. He also won the Hardest Shot event in the Skills Competition. MacLean finished the season as the league MVP and leading goal-scorer.

MacLean signed as a free agent to a two-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on July 17, 2006, where he would primarily play for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.[1]

Maclean left the final year of his contract with the Coyotes and signed with Swiss team ZSC Lions on July 16, 2007, he however left for Austria on December 9, 2007, signing with EC Salzburg. Maclean then went on to help Salzburg win the EBEL league. Following a short stint in the Oddset Ligaen with the Rødovre Mighty Bulls Don then transferred midway through the 2008–09 season to the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan with the Malmö Redhawks. Don veteran experience helped him lead the Redhawks with 30 points in 38 games. After signing a contract extension with Malmö for the 2009-10 season, Don scored a further 16 goals in 42 games.[2]

On August 18, 2010, MacLean agreed to a trial to the return to the EBEL with Croatian team, KHL Medveščak.[3] After impressing after two weeks of training, MacLean was officially signed on a one-year contract on September 1, 2010.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 64 15 27 42 37 17 4 4 8 6
1995–96 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 1 0 1 1 0
1995–96 Laval Titan Collège Français QMJHL 21 17 11 28 29
1995–96 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 39 26 34 60 44 17 6 7 13 14
1996–97 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 69 34 47 81 67 14 11 10 21 29
1997–98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 39 9 5 14 32 4 1 3 4 2
1997–98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 22 5 2 7 4
1998–99 Springfield Falcons AHL 41 5 14 19 31
1998–99 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 28 6 13 19 8
1999–00 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 40 11 17 28 18
1999–00 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 21 14 12 26 8
2000–01 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 61 26 34 60 48 4 2 1 3 2
2000–01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 1 1 2
2001–02 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 75 33 54 87 49 9 5 5 10 6
2001–02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Syracuse Crunch AHL 17 9 9 18 6
2003–04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 4 1 0 1 0
2003–04 Syracuse Crunch AHL 77 27 41 68 45 7 0 3 3 4
2004–05 Blues SM-l 51 22 21 43 46
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 76 56 32 88 63 14 6 2 8 8
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 1 1 2 0
2006–07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 66 33 28 61 51
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 9 1 1 2 0
2007–08 ZSC Lions NLA 11 4 1 5 16
2007–08 EC Salzburg EBEL 13 13 7 20 8 14 8 5 13 30
2008–09 Rødovre Mighty Bulls DEN 7 0 3 3 0
2008–09 Malmö Redhawks Swe.1 38 15 15 30 18
2009–10 Malmö Redhawks Swe.1 42 16 13 29 4 5 1 1 2 0
2010–11 KHL Medveščak EBEL 43 8 14 22 24 5 1 1 2 8
NHL totals 41 8 5 13 6 3 0 0 0 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
American Hockey League
John B. Sollenberger Trophy 2001–02 [5]
First All-Star Team 2005–06
Willie Marshall Award 2005–06
Les Cunningham Award 2005–06 [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coyotes sign AHL MVP Don MacLean". Phoenix Coyotes. 2006-07-17. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  2. ^ "Redhawks extend Don MacLean for one-year" (in Swedish). surftown.se. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2009-11-02. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Former NHL'er gains trial with KHL Medveščak" (in Croatian). KHL Medveščak. 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  4. ^ "MacLean remains in Zagreb, Reynolds leaves" (in Croatian). KHL Medveščak. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  5. ^ "John B. Sollenberger Trophy". American Hockey League. 2010-07-20. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  6. ^ "Les Cunningham Award". American Hockey League. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 

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