|Occupation||Sportscaster, former NHL executive and coach|
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. He is affectionately known as "Prince Eddy" due to his affinity to Prince Edward Island.
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. Before coaching, he had played varsity hockey for the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers.
MacLean served in the Detroit Red Wings organization from 1990 to 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 general manager, 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' general manager 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 named himself 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, MacLean, who led a group of nine investors, announced that the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Palace Sports and Entertainment, agreed to sell the team to MacLean's group for $200 million. The sale collapsed in November 2007 when the ownership group was unable to make a $5 million payment due. MacLean and his partners later sued former associate Oren Koules, whom they accused of defaulting on his share, but also attempting to make his own deal with the Lightning.
On September 18, 2009, MacLean took over the Hockey Central Radio program from 1–2 pm and was hired by Jim Balsillie as an advisor to the PSE group which attempted to acquire and relocate the Phoenix Coyotes to Canada.
On August 29, 2019, MacLean released a statement on Twitter that he was parting ways with Sportsnet. Until this announcement, MacLean was a regular panelist on Sportnet's Hockey Central television show and was a major contributor to Sportsnet's radio programming.
|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 Conference Quarterfinals|
|CBJ||2002–03||42||15||22||4||1||(35)||5th in Central||Missed playoffs|
|Total||266||107||114||41||4||259||—||2 playoff appearances|
- "Blue Jackets fire MacLean". The Columbus Dispatch. April 19, 2007. Retrieved October 28, 2009.[permanent dead link]
- Cristodero, Damian (August 7, 2007). "Doug MacLean: Can fiery coach-manager find restraint in new role?". St Petersburg Times. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
- "Group led by former Florida Panthers coach Doug MacLean agrees to buy Tampa Bay Lightning". NHL.com. August 7, 2007. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
- "Lightning sale on ice". St Petersburg Times. November 27, 2007. Retrieved December 12, 2015.