Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jack McLean
The NHL was a different league during the Second World War. While many NHL regulars enlisted in the military, their spots needed to be filled temporarily. Jack McLean had been an outstanding athlete while attending high school in Toronto, and he was playing junior hockey at the age of fourteen.

In 1942-43, McLean joined the depleted roster of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Because he was attending the University of Toronto at the time, where he eventually earned his engineering degree, he was prohibited from crossing the border into the United States. As a result, his three-year career was comprised almost exclusively of home games and trips to play the Montreal Canadiens.

On March 23, 1943, McLean experienced his finest moment. He scored the winning goal at the 10:18 mark of the fourth overtime period to defeat the Detroit Red Wings in the playoffs. The game represented the second-longest overtime in Toronto Maple Leaf history, behind only Ken Doraty's winning goal in the sixth overtime of a playoff game against the Bruins in 1933.

McLean played three seasons with the Leafs, winning the Stanley Cup in his final year (1944-45).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1939-40 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 20 8 10 18 12 2 0 0 0 2
1939-40 Toronto People's Credit TIHL 23 3 6 9 30 3 0 1 1 4
1940-41 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 14 8 7 15 27 5 4 3 7 8
1940-41 Toronto People's Credit TIHL 23 3 6 9 30 3 0 1 1 4
1941-42 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 16 17 13 30 22 6 4 4 8 6
1941-42 Toronto People's Credit TIHL 13 4 3 7 21 1 0 0 0 2
1942-43 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 27 9 8 17 33 6 2 2 4 2
1943-44 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 32 3 15 18 30 3 0 0 0 6
1944-45 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8 2 1 3 13 4 0 0 0 0
1945-46 Toronto Staffords OHA-Sr. 11 9 6 15 14 6 2 1 3 6
1946-47 Ottawa Senators QSHL 24 11 17 28 35 7 0 2 2 8
1947-48 Ottawa Senators QSHL 41 26 14 40 50 12 3 3 6 16
1947-48 Ottawa Senators Al-Cup 12 4 3 7 20
NHL Totals 67 14 24 38 76 13 2 2 4 8


Missed majority of 1944-45 due to ankle injury vs. Detroit, December 15, 1944.
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