Kurtis McLean

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Kurtis McLean
Kurtis McLean.JPG
Born (1980-11-02) November 2, 1980 (age 34)
Kirkland Lake, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
Jokerit
New York Islanders
Lukko
SCL Tigers
Metallurg Novokuznetsk
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present

Kurtis McLean (born November 2, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. He currently who plays for Jokerit of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

McLean grew up in the small northern Ontario town of Kirkland Lake and played Midget AAA hockey for the New Liskeard Cubs. He also had a short stint with his hometown team Kirkland Lake Legion 87's. He attended Kirkland Lake's local high school and was often referred to as "The Zack Morris" of KLCVI. After his 1996-97 season he was undrafted by the OHL, however, moved to the Trenton Sting of the Ontario Jr.A. Hockey League where he played three seasons. His exploits in Tier II Jr. hockey earned him a spot on the Norwich University (NCAA-III) roster the following year and became the first ever 4-time 1st team all-American in D-III history.[citation needed]

McLean was signed as an undrafted free-agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005 after playing four seasons at Norwich University. He was called up from the Wheeling Nailers during the 2005–06 season, playing 32 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. McLean finished second on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in points (54), assists (32), and plus/minus (+14) and was tied for third the team in goals (22). He helped the Penguins win the Eastern Conference Championship and finished third on the team in playoff scoring with 19 points (4g/15a).

On July 3, 2008, Kurtis signed with the New York Islanders.[1] He was called up to the Islanders on January 19, 2009 and scored his first NHL goal, in his second NHL game, against Jean-Sebastien Giguere in a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on January 21, 2009.[2]

On January 23, 2009, Kurtis was inducted into Hockey Heritage North. Town mayor Bill Enouy had this to say about Kurtis. "They will never be able to take that off his resume (no matter what happens in the future) he will always be a guy that played in the NHL".[3]

On May 29, 2009, McLean signed a contract with Finnish club Lukko of the SM-liiga.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Trenton Sting OPJHL 47 37 38 75 16
2001–02 Norwich University ECAC 32 28 24 52 12
2002–03 Norwich University ECAC 29 25 23 48 26
2003–04 Norwich University ECAC 28 36 21 57 16
2004–05 Norwich University ECAC 26 29 26 55 6
2004–05 Richmond Riverdogs UHL 4 1 2 3 2
2005–06 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 41 31 25 56 32 5 4 4 8 4
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 32 4 11 15 8 7 0 0 0 4
2006–07 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 16 11 12 23 21
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 55 16 16 32 24 10 4 3 7 4
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 76 22 32 54 58 23 4 15 19 8
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 62 15 37 52 30
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 4 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Lukko SM-l 42 18 25 43 28 4 0 1 1 10
2010–11 Lukko SM-l 60 16 39 55 24 13 4 6 10 4
2011–12 SCL Tigers NLA 49 14 28 42 34 4 3 2 5 2
2012–13 SCL Tigers NLA 46 7 34 41 26 17 4 9 13 20
2013–14 Metallurg Novokuznetsk KHL 47 9 13 22 26
NHL totals 4 1 0 1 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Islanders add depth to roster". islanders.nhl.com. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Islanders edge Ducks to snap eight-game losing streak". cbssports.com. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  3. ^ "McLean scores first NHL goal, becomes part of HHN". northernnews.ca. 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  4. ^ "Lukon team ready, signs McLean". (in Finnish) raumanlukko.fi. 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 

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