John McLean

  • Position Forward
  • DOB November 28, 1964

John McLean, born on November 28, 1964, in Oshawa, Ontario, is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward whose career in the National Hockey League (NHL) spanned over 18 seasons. McLean was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, marking the beginning of a prolific and enduring career.

McLean spent the majority of his career with the New Jersey Devils, becoming one of the franchise’s all-time leading scorers. Known for his versatility, McLean played both wing and center and showcased a potent combination of skill, speed, and goal-scoring ability. His contributions were instrumental in the Devils’ success during the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the team’s first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1994.

One of McLean’s career highlights came during the 1988-1989 season when he set a then-franchise record with 45 goals, a testament to his offensive prowess. He consistently ranked among the team’s top scorers and played a crucial role in establishing the Devils as a competitive force in the NHL.

In 1996, McLean was traded to the Vancouver Canucks, where he continued to make significant offensive contributions. His leadership qualities and experience were valuable assets to the Canucks, and he played a key role in guiding the team to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, where they ultimately fell to the New York Rangers in a hard-fought series.

Throughout his career, McLean amassed over 350 goals and 400 assists in over 1,000 NHL games. His durability, consistency, and ability to perform in pressure situations solidified his status as one of the league’s respected veterans. McLean also represented Canada internationally, winning a gold medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

John McLean retired from professional hockey in 2002, leaving behind a legacy as a skilled and dependable forward. Post-retirement, he transitioned to coaching and player development roles, contributing his wealth of experience to the next generation of hockey players. McLean’s impact on the Devils and the NHL as a whole endures as a testament to his offensive prowess, leadership, and longevity in the highly competitive world of professional hockey.

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