Doug MacLean in 2014
April 12, 1954 |
Summerside, PE, CAN
|Occupation||sportscaster, former NHL Executive and coach (Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers)|
James Douglas MacLean, (born April 12, 1954) is a Canadian sportscaster working for Rogers Media's Sportsnet and former ice hockey coach and general manager. He is the former president/general manager and head coach of the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets and was also the head coach of the Florida Panthers.
MacLean began coaching at the University of New Brunswick, followed by assistant coach positions with the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals. MacLean's first professional head coach position came in 1990, when he was sent to the Baltimore Skipjacks, the Capitals' AHL affiliate, as part of a midseason shakeup that placed Skipjacks head coach Terry Murray at the Capitals' helm.
MacLean served in the Detroit Red Wings organization from 1990–1994. During this time, he served as an assistant coach under Bryan Murray in 1990–91 and 1991–92. For the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons, MacLean served as the General Manager for the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League, the Red Wings top affiliate. During his time as GM, he orchestrated the trade of Kris Draper from the Winnipeg Jets to the Red Wings for "future considerations", which turned out to be US$1.
MacLean was hired to serve as the Blue Jackets' GM on February 11, 1998, and added the position of team president to his responsibilities a month later. The Blue Jackets began play for the 2000–01 NHL season. On January 7, 2003 MacLean fired Blue Jackets head coach Dave King and took over as interim head coach, a position he held until January 1, 2004, when he promoted assistant coach Gerard Gallant to the role. MacLean remained president and general manager until he was fired at the conclusion of the 2006–07 season. The Blue Jackets never posted a winning record, going 172–258–62 under MacLean's leadership. He is the only general manager in NHL history to serve for six seasons without making the playoffs.
On August 7, 2007, it was announced that a group of investors headed by MacLean had bought the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, the deal fell apart during the 2007–08 season.
On September 18, 2009, MacLean took over the Hockey Central Radio program from 1-2pm and was hired by Jim Balsillie as an advisor to the PSE group which is trying to acquire and relocate the Phoenix Coyotes.
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|FLA||1995–96||82||41||31||10||-||92||3rd in Atlantic||Lost in Stanley Cup Finals|
|FLA||1996–97||82||35||28||19||-||89||3rd in Atlantic||Lost in First round|
|FLA||1997–98||23||7||12||4||-||(63)||6th in Atlantic||(fired)|
|CBJ||2002–03||42||15||22||4||1||(69)||5th in Central||Missed Playoffs|
|CBJ||2003–04||37||9||21||4||3||(62)||4th in Central||(stepped down)|
- "Blue Jackets fire MacLean". The Columbus Dispatch. 2007-04-19. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
|Head coach of the Florida Panthers
|Head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets
|General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets
February 11, 1998 – April 19, 2007