Jack McLean (ice hockey)

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Jack McLean
Born (1923-01-31)January 31, 1923
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Died October 14, 2003(2003-10-14) (aged 80)
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1939–1949

John "Jack" McLean (January 31, 1923 – October 14, 2003) was a Canadian ice hockey player who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs for three seasons, from 1942–43 until 1944–45. He is best known for scoring the game-winning goal at the 10:18 mark of the fourth overtime period against the Detroit Red Wings on March 23, 1943 - one of the longest games in Stanley Cup playoffs history. Jack was part of the Toronto Maple Leafs' Stanley Cup championship in 1944–45.

McLean was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was a 19-year-old university student when he joined the Leafs, playing forward at a time when many regulars left to join the war effort. McLean did not practise with the Leafs, and with but a few exceptions, was allowed only to play games in Canada (at home in Toronto and in Montreal). Whereas many young men dreamed of playing in the NHL, Jack used his NHL career to provide a university degree in engineering, which became his career after retiring in 1945.

After moving to Ottawa in 1946, Jack joined the Ottawa Senators of the Quebec Senior Hockey League, and helped the team reach the Allan Cup final in 1948.

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