Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John MacLean
Right-winger John MacLean played nearly 1,200 NHL games between 1983 and 2002. He was a gritty competitor with an above average touch around the net.

Born in Oshawa, Ontario, MacLean played junior with the home town Generals of the OHL. After scoring 47 goals and helping the club reach the Memorial Cup final in 1983, he was chosen sixth overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. The club returned him to junior for most of the next year before recalling him for 23 games.

MacLean was a tireless foot soldier as the club struggled to rise above also-ran status in the mid-80s. On the last night of the 1987-88 regular season he scored an overtime goal in Chicago which propelled the Devils into the post-season. He went on to record 18 points in 20 games at the club came within a game of reaching the finals. Following this breakthrough year, MacLean notched three straight 40-goal seasons before he was forced to miss the 1991-92 season due to a serious knee injury.

The feisty veteran returned to score 24 goals and play a solid defensive game on the club in 1992-93. He jumped up to 37 goals the next season and helped the club come within a game of the finals once again before they lost to the New York Rangers. Following a lockout, New Jersey jelled at the right time and the veteran winger counted 18 points in 20 post-season games when the Devils won their first Stanley Cup.

By the late 90s, New Jersey introduced a few new faces into the lineup and MacLean was dealt to the San Jose Sharks. Prior to the 1998-99 season, he signed with the New York Rangers and was one of the few new faces to make an impact on the under-achieving squad. In February 2001, MacLean was sent to the Dallas Stars where he contributed experience and a few goals though the St. Louis Blues brushed the team aside in the second round of the playoffs. Following this elimination, MacLean brought his lengthy career to an end.

In 2002-03 MacLean was hired as an assistant-coach with the Devils.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Oshawa Legionnaires ON-Jr.B 41 35 35 70 151
1981-82 Oshawa Generals OHL 67 17 22 39 197 12 3 6 9 63
1982-83 Oshawa Generals OHL 66 47 51 98 138 17 18 20 38 35
1982-83 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 5 3 4 7 14
1983-84 Oshawa Generals OHL 30 23 36 59 58 7 2 5 7 18
1983-84 Canada WJC-A 7 7 1 8 4
1983-84 New Jersey Devils NHL 23 1 0 1 10 -7
1984-85 New Jersey Devils NHL 61 13 20 33 44 -11
1985-86 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 21 36 57 112 -3
1986-87 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 31 36 67 120 -23
1987-88 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 23 16 39 147 -10 20 7 11 18 60
1988-89 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 42 45 87 122 +26
1988-89 Canada WEC-A 10 3 6 9 4
1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 41 38 79 80 +17 6 4 1 5 12
1990-91 New Jersey Devils NHL 78 45 33 78 150 +8 7 5 3 8 20
1991-92 New Jersey Devils NHLMGNT
1992-93 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 24 24 48 102 -6 5 0 1 1 10
1993-94 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 37 33 70 95 +30 20 6 10 16 22
1994-95 New Jersey Devils NHL 46 17 12 29 32 +13 20 5 13 18 14
1995-96 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 20 28 48 91 +3
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 29 25 54 49 +11 10 4 5 9 4
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 26 3 8 11 14 -6
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 51 13 19 32 28 0 6 2 3 5 4
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 82 28 27 55 46 +5
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 77 18 24 42 52 -2
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
2000-01 Manitoba Moose IHL 32 6 12 18 28 -12
2000-01 Dallas Stars NHL 28 4 2 6 17 0 10 2 1 3 6
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 20 3 3 6 17 -1
2001-02 Utah Grizzlies AHL 5 0 1 1 4 -3
NHL Totals 1194 413 429 842 1328 104 35 48 83 152


Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1983) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1989, 1991) Missed entire 1991-92 due to knee surgery, June, 1991. Traded to San Jose by New Jersey with Ken Sutton for Doug Bodger and Dody Wood, December 7, 1997. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 22, 1998. Traded to Dallas by NY Rangers for future considerations, February 5, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, February 26, 2002.
Officially announced retirement, June 7, 2002.