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DEVILS NAME JOHN MACLEAN HEAD COACH
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today promoted John MacLean to the position of head coach. He becomes the first former New Jersey player ever promoted to the position. The announcement was made by Devils' President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.
“John MacLean is an astute hockey individual who has spent the past eight years preparing to be an NHL head coach,” said Lamoriello. “He knows our personnel from the veterans through our prospects, having worked with them as a coach during that time.”
MacLean, 45, is entering his ninth year as a member of the Devils' coaching staff. He spent the 2009-10 season as head coach of Lowell (AHL), leading the club to the Calder Cup Playoffs. MacLean was named to that position July 12, 2009 after seven seasons as an assistant coach in New Jersey. He won Stanley Cups with the team as a player in 1995, and as an assistant coach in 2003. A forward, he retired as an active player on June 7, 2002 following a 19-year professional career, including 14 seasons with the Devils. His career totals show 413g-429a-842pts in 1,194 games with New Jersey, San Jose, NY Rangers, and Dallas, including a career-high 87
points in 1988-89. MacLean reached the 20-goal mark a franchise-record 11 times, including a career-high 45 in 1990-91. He is the franchise's all-time leader with 347 goals, is second with 701 points and third with 354 assists. MacLean surpassed Kirk Muller's team record of 520 points with a goal December 28, 1993 vs. Hartford. He is best remembered for an overtime tally in the 1987-88 regular-season finale April 3 at Chicago which gave the team its first-ever playoff berth. Later that month, MacLean also scored the game-winning goal in game seven of the 1988 Patrick Division Finals at Washington. He is fourth on the team's all-time games-played list with 934, trailing only Ken Daneyko (1,283), Martin Brodeur (1,076), and Scott Stevens (956).
MacLean also holds the team record with 92 power play goals and is second with 55 game-winning goals. He was traded to San Jose on December 7, 1997, appearing in his last game with the team on December 2, 1997. MacLean participated in the 1989 and 1991 NHL All-Star Games, and represented Canada at the 1989 World Championships and 1984 World Junior Championships. He also had brief minor league stints with Manitoba (IHL) in 2000-01 and with Utah (AHL) in 2001-02. MacLean made his Devils/NHL debut October 5, 1983 at the NY Rangers after playing junior hockey with Oshawa (OHL). He was New Jersey's first choice and sixth overall selection in the 1983 Entry Draft.
John and his wife, Adrienne, a former pro golfer, reside in New Jersey with their two sons: 13-year-old John Carter and 11-year-old Kyle Christopher.