Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul MacLean
Although born in France while his father was serving with the Canadian Armed Forces, Paul MacLean moved to Canada at the age of two, and learned his hockey in places such as Coldwater Alberta, Chatham New Brunswick, and Antigonish Nova Scotia.

After a solid junior career, MacLean was drafted by the St.Louis Blues late in the 1978 Amateur Draft. Disillusioned at not making the Blues right away, he decided to attend Dalhousie University in Halifax and play for Canada's Olympic Team rather than play in the minors. The decision was sound, and MacLean feels that the year playing college hockey and for his country fast-tracked his hockey abilities, allowing him to excel once he stepped into the NHL on a full-time basis.

After appearing in but one game for the Blues, Paul MacLean was traded to the Winnipeg Jets in 1981. While playing regularly in Manitoba, the big winger blossomed on a line with Dale Hawerchuk. In his rookie season (1981-82), he scored 36 goals. In fact, in his seven seasons with the Jets, MacLean enjoyed three 30-goal seasons and three 40-goal campaigns.

During the 1984-85 season, he went on a tear and finished the season with a career-best 41 goals and 60 assists for 101 points. Winnipeg traded MacLean to Detroit for much-traveled Brent Ashton in 1988, and that season he added another 30-goal season to his resume. But a year later almost to the day, MacLean was part of a blockbuster deal. He and Tony McKegney were sent to Detroit for St.Louis for Adam Oates and Bernie Federko.

Returning to the team that originally drafted him, Paul MacLean enjoyed another thirty-goal season. It was his eighth, but unfortunately, also his last. In 1990-91, he tore rib cartilage, reducing his effectiveness and his games played to 37. He retired that season to take a scouting job with the St.Louis Blues. Although never selected to either the NHL's All-Star team, MacLean put up starring numbers. He retired after ten seasons with 324 goals, 349 assists and 673 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Antigonish Bulldogs MJrHL
1975-76 Brockville Braves ON-Jr.A 44 35 25 60 70
1976-77 Brockville Braves ON-Jr.A 52 37 29 66 63
1977-78 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 66 38 33 71 125 3 1 0 1 26
1978-79 Dalhousie University Tigers AUAA 18 12 17 29 71
1979-80 Canada Nat-Tm 50 21 11 32 90
1979-80 Canada Olympics 6 2 3 5 6
1980-81 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 0 +1 1 0 0 0 0
1980-81 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 80 36 42 78 160 17 11 5 16 47
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 36 25 61 106 -9 4 3 2 5 26
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 32 44 76 121 -5 3 1 2 3 6
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 76 40 31 71 155 -15 3 1 0 1 0
1984-85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 41 60 101 119 +5 8 3 4 7 4
1985-86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 27 29 56 74 -14 2 1 0 1 7
1986-87 Winnipeg Jets NHL 72 32 42 74 75 +12 10 5 2 7 16
1987-88 Winnipeg Jets NHL 77 40 39 79 76 -17 5 2 0 2 23
1988-89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 36 35 71 118 +7 5 1 1 2 8
1989-90 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 34 33 67 100 +2 12 4 3 7 20
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 37 6 11 17 24 -2
NHL Totals 719 324 349 673 968 53 21 14 35 110


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1985) Traded to Winnipeg by St. Louis with Bryan Maxwell and Ed Staniowski for Scott Campbell and John Markell, July 3, 1981. Traded to Detroit by Winnipeg for Brent Ashton, June 13, 1988. Traded to St. Louis by Detroit with Adam Oates for Bernie Federko and Tony McKegney, June 15, 1989.