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Devils name MacLean as new head coach

Thursday, 06.17.2010 / 11:00 AM / News
By Eric Marin
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John MacLean takes over as new Devils head coach.
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The Devils have scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference to announce John MacLean as their new head coach.

MacLean, 45, takes over behind the Devils’ bench after serving one season as the head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate in Lowell. He guided the AHL Devils to a franchise best mark of 39-31-4-6 in 2009-10, including their only playoff appearance in four seasons.

He replaces Jacques Lemaire, who retired after one season in his second stint as Devils head coach.

This will be MacLean’s ninth season as a member of the Devils’ coaching staff. He previously served as a Devils assistant coach for seven seasons, including the 2003 Stanley Cup championship. The club’s all-time goals leader with 347, MacLean is second to Patrik Elias on the team’s all-time points list and has deep roots within the organization. Originally drafted sixth overall by the Devils in the 1983 Entry Draft, he was a member of the franchise’s first Cup title in 1995.

“I’m whatever is called for that day," MacLean said last season when asked about his coaching style. "If it calls for teaching and being nice or if it calls for breaking a stick and yelling and screaming, then that’s what it calls for that day.”

MacLean is fourth on the Devils’ all-time games played list (934) and still holds the team record for career power play goals (92). It was his overtime goal in the 1988 regular-season finale versus Chicago that clinched the first playoff berth in franchise history.

MacLean’s 19-year playing career included 14 as a Devil. He was traded with Ken Sutton to San Jose for Doug Bodger and Dody Wood on Dec. 7, 1997, and finished his career with stops with the Rangers and Dallas Stars.

Five current Devils were once MacLean's teammates: Martin Brodeur, Elias, Jay Pandolfo and Brian Rolston in New Jersey; and Jamie Langenbrunner in Dallas.

The native of Oshawa, Ontario, retired as an active player on June 7, 2002, and finished his NHL career with 413 goals, 429 assists and 842 points in 1,194 games.

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
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M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
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K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59