|Position Right Wing|
Name Paul MacLean
Career end 1991
Role Ice hockey coach
Weight 93 kg
|National team Canada|
Height 1.83 m
Education Dalhousie University
Career start 1980
|Born March 9, 1958 (age 65)
Grostenquin, France (1958-03-09) |
Played for St. Louis Blues Winnipeg Jets Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft 109th overall, 1978 St. Louis Blues
Similar People Dave Cameron, Craig Anderson, Eric Gryba, Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson
Paul A. MacLean (born March 9, 1958) is a French born Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He most recently served as an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks until his departure from the team on June 1, 2017. He played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings and the original Winnipeg Jets. He is the former head coach of the NHL's Ottawa Senators, winning the 2013 Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Coach of the Year.
Born in Grostenquin, France, while his father was serving with the Canadian Armed Forces, MacLean moved to Canada at the age of two and grew up in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Once,during a QMJHL game in which he was playing for the Hull Olympiques, a deal was made to send MacLean to the Quebec Remparts, but the trade was called off before the game ended, after he had scored five goals. In the 1978–79 season, MacLean led the Dalhousie University Tigers to the AUHC championship with 12 goals, 17 assists and 71 penalty minutes in 18 games.
MacLean was drafted by the NHL's St. Louis Blues. He then represented Team Canada internationally at the 1980 Winter Olympics, held in Lake Placid, New York. The experience helped MacLean to excel when he finally did crack the NHL — he scored 36 goals in his rookie season after being traded to the Winnipeg Jets. He continued to enjoy success in Winnipeg on a line with Dale Hawerchuk, tallying three 30-goal seasons and three 40-goal seasons before being dealt to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Brent Ashton.
MacLean was a member of the Campbell Conference All-Star Team in the 1985 NHL All-Star Game. After another 30-goal season for Detroit, he was traded back to St. Louis together with Adam Oates in exchange for Tony McKegney and Bernie Federko. In 1990–91, MacLean suffered a rib injury and retired after ten seasons with 324 goals and 349 assists for 673 points. His best season statistically was the 1984–85 season, where he scored 41 goals and 101 points. MacLean has the distinction of being the highest-scoring NHL player born in France, with 673 points. The second-highest scoring French-born player is Antoine Roussel (124 points) who moved to Canada as a teenager.
Before becoming an NHL coach, MacLean served as the head coach of the Peoria Rivermen of the International Hockey League (IHL) from 1993 to 1996. For the 1996–97 season, he served as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes. From 1997 through 2000, MacLean returned to the IHL to serve as the head coach of the Kansas City Blades. From 2000 to 2002, he served as the head coach of the Quad City Mallards of the United Hockey League (UHL). In 2001, MacLean led the Mallards to the Colonial Cup Championship. The Mallards had a record of 112–27–9 (.787 winning percentage) in MacLean's two seasons behind the bench. MacLean was then hired as an assistant coach for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim under Head Coach Mike Babcock. Babcock would bring MacLean with him to the Detroit Red Wings when he was hired to coach the Red Wings. In the 2007–08 NHL season, MacLean won a Stanley Cup as assistant coach of the Red Wings.
On June 14, 2011, the Ottawa Senators announced that MacLean had been hired for their head coaching job, his first head coaching job at the NHL level. On October 11, MacLean won his first NHL game as a head coach as the Senators defeated the Minnesota Wild 4–3 in a shootout.
On April 30, 2012, MacLean was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for NHL Coach of the Year alongside John Tortorella of the New York Rangers and Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues; Hitchcock would go on to win the award.
On May 17, 2013, MacLean was again nominated for the Jack Adams Award, his second in a row, alongside Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks and Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks. On June 14, 2013, MacLean was announced as the winner of the 2013 Jack Adams Award. On July 4, 2013, the Senators announced that MacLean had been signed to a three-year contract extension with the team.
On December 8, 2014, MacLean was fired from his position as head coach of the Senators as the team appeared poised to miss the playoffs. He was succeeded by Dave Cameron.
On June 30, 2015, MacLean was named the assistant coach of the Anaheim Ducks, working under head coach Bruce Boudreau.
On June 1, 2017, MacLean's contract with the Ducks expired, and was not renewed.
MacLean and his wife Sharon have three children — A. J., David and Erin. Twenty-seven-year-old A. J. spent last season with the Dundee Stars of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom and David is currently a professional scout for the Arizona Coyotes. Paul's brother Jerome lives in Ottawa, as does his sister Karen. He has a summer home in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. MacLean was born at RCAF Station Grostenquin in Grostenquin, France, to Canadian parents while his father was stationed there.
Howard Cornfield, the former owner, president and general manager of the Quad City Mallards, said he hired MacLean on the spot after interviewing him in 2000. "He has a look to him and he looks you in the eye," said Cornfield. "It's hard to explain, but we came to call it 'The Grizz Look' as in grizzly bear. He looked you in the eye and you knew he was being very honest. He was speaking from the heart. He had incredible intensity and you walked away saying, 'This guy is serious.' When he came in and told me, 'I'm going to win you a championship,' you walked away knowing that this guy was going to do it."
MacLean's son A. J. is an assistant coach with the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.