Thursday, June 17, 2010

Devils name John MacLean as new head coach

If you are on Twitter or have been reading any media news feeds, then you know by now that the New Jersey Devils have decided on a new head coach. He is a familiar name.

When he addresses the media at the Prudential Center this afternoon, John MacLean officially gets his first chance to run a National Hockey League coaching staff.

Their official news release is already posted. Here are the first three paragraphs:

The Devils have scheduled a 2:00 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 2009-2010, 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.

MacLean has spent the last eight seasons as a member of the Devils' coaching staff with the last seven as an assistant coach. He played 14 of his 19 seasons in New Jersey with two stops late in his career with the New York Rangers and Dallas Stars. He ranks #1 on the Devils' all-time goal scoring list with 347 during his playing career.

Interestingly enough, he will potentially end up coaching five former teammates who are still active NHL players. They are Martin Brodeur, Patrick Elias, Jay Pandolfo and Brian Rolston from New Jersey and Jamie Langenbrunner while in Dallas.

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