June 30, 1971 |
Edmonton, AB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||New York Islanders
St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||48th overall, 1991
New York Islanders
James Todd McLennan (born June 30, 1971) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who is now a pundit for The Sports Network (TSN), TSN Radio 1050 and NHL Network. He spent eleven seasons in the National Hockey League with the New York Islanders (1993–96), St. Louis Blues (1997–2000), Minnesota Wild (2000–01), Calgary Flames (2002–04, 2006–07), New York Rangers (2004) and Florida Panthers (2005–06). His active playing career ended in 2008 after a year with the Nippon Paper Cranes of Asia League Ice Hockey. He is popularly known by his nickname Noodles because of his preference for eating homemade pasta instead of diner food on minor-league bus rides before away games.
Following a productive season with the Western Hockey League's Lethbridge Hurricanes in which McLennan backstopped the Hurricanes to the WHL Finals, he was drafted in the 3rd round, 48th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.
After a two and a half-year stint playing for the Islanders' minor league affiliates in the American, International and East Coast Hockey Leagues, McLennan backed-up veteran Ron Hextall in the 1993–94 season, posting a winning record. He spent the following two seasons with the Islanders organization, alternating between the NHL club and the Islanders' IHL affiliate.
A few weeks after the 1995–96 NHL season had been completed, McLennan drove from Salt Lake City, Utah to Lethbridge, Alberta, on his way home to Edmonton. While visiting family in Lethbridge he fell ill. He went to a hospital on May 6, 1996, after feeling sick all evening, with immobility setting in. What was thought to be the flu turned out to be bacterial meningitis.
After nearly dying that day, he spent the following week in intensive care. The Islanders declined to renew his contract on July 1.
The St. Louis Blues signed him to a contract on July 15. After a relatively quick recovery he spent the following season in the AHL. He returned to the NHL as the Blues' back-up goaltender for the 1997–98 NHL season. That year he played 30 games, posting 16 wins, two shutouts and a 2.17 goals against average. He was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who best displays perseverance and dedication to hockey.
The Calgary Flames acquired him in a trade at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, where he again played the role of NHL backup, achieving two wins in 17 decisions. Despite his 2–11–4 record, he remained with the team as Roman Turek's backup. When Turek became injured in the 2003–04 season, McLennan was thrust into the starting role. He played well, but as the season wore, Miikka Kiprusoff, who had been acquired earlier in the season by the Flames, had taken over the starting job. Turek returned, and McLennan was traded to the New York Rangers in March 2004.
He was brought back to Calgary in 2006, once again as backup to Miikka Kiprusoff. On April 21, 2007, in a playoff game against the Detroit Red Wings, McLennan came in the game to relieve Kiprusoff, who had given up five goals. He was in the game for a total of 18 seconds before he slashed Red Wings forward Johan Franzén twice in the leg. He was due to be assessed a minor penalty, but shortly after play was stopped, he violently slashed Franzén in the stomach and was ejected from the game. McLennan was suspended five games for the incident and the Flames lost Game 6 the next day. Coach Jim Playfair and the Flames organization were also heavily fined, in part because the NHL made actions late in games that were out of hand a particular point of emphasis. The incident was thought to be out of character for McLennan by stunned broadcasters Pierre McGuire and Ed Olczyk. In his book, McLennan said that his initial slashes against Franzén were an effort to spark his team. He also admitted that he hit Franzén in the stomach because he thought he was skating towards him to throw a retaliatory punch. He wrote that he instantly regretted the decision and sent an apology to the Detroit dressing room after the game.
The following season, Jamie had a five week stint in Russia with Metallurg Magnitogorsk before returning to Canada. On November 21, 2007, McLennan signed with the Nippon Paper Cranes of Asia League Ice Hockey. McLennan announced his retirement at the end of the 2007–08 season.
On July 10, 2008, he was named as the director of goaltender development and as a professional scout for the Calgary Flames. On June 23, 2009, McLennan moved into the coaching staff of the Flames after he was named as an assistant coach to Brent Sutter. McLennan now writes a column for The Hockey News and is a studio analyst for the NHL Network and is a full time Analyst on TSN as well as a co-host on "Leafs Lunch" on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto.
|1987–88||St. Albert Raiders||Alberta Midget AAA||1224||80||0||3.92||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||Capital District Islanders||AHL||18||4||10||2||952||60||1||3.78||.885||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||Capital District Islanders||AHL||38||17||14||6||2171||117||1||3.23||.893||1||0||1||20||5||0||15.00|
|1993–94||New York Islanders||NHL||22||8||7||6||1237||61||0||2.84||.905||2||0||1||82||6||53||4.39||.887|
|1993–94||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||IHL||24||8||12||2||1320||80||0||3.64||.889||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||New York Islanders||NHL||21||6||11||2||1185||67||0||3.39||.876||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||New York Islanders||NHL||13||3||9||1||636||39||0||3.68||.886||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||St. Louis Blues||NHL||30||16||8||2||1658||60||2||2.17||.903||1||0||0||14||1||0||4.29||.800|
|1998–99||St. Louis Blues||NHL||33||13||14||4||1763||70||3||2.38||.891||1||0||1||37||0||0||0.00||1.000|
|1999–2000||St. Louis Blues||NHL||19||9||5||2||1009||33||2||1.95||.903||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||New York Rangers||NHL||4||1||3||0||244||12||0||2.95||.876||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Nippon Paper Cranes||ALH||14||8||4||0||791||33||0||2.50||.921||10||6||4||599||23||0||2.30||.924|
Awards and honours
|Western Hockey League|
|East First All-Star Team||1990–91|
|Del Wilson Trophy||1990–91|
|National Hockey League|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy||1997–98|||
- Pinkert, Chris. "McLennan: From goalie to TV analyst," NHL.com, Thursday, August 23, 2012.
- "NHL On-line Report Viewer -Red Wings 5, Flames 1". National Hockey League. 2007-04-21. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
- "Former NHL'ers find hockey adventure in Japan". National Hockey League. 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
- "McLennan, Duane Sutter join Flames staff". Calgary Flames. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
- "Brent Sutter named head coach". Calgary Flames. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
- "Jamie McLennan's Column". The Hockey News. 8-29-11. Retrieved 8-29-11
- "Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy". National Hockey League. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
- Jamie McLennan's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- TSN profile
- Jamie McLennan on Twitter
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