Doug MacLean

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Doug MacLean
Doug MacLean.jpg
Doug MacLean in 2014
Born (1954-04-12) April 12, 1954 (age 60)
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Occupation sportscaster, former NHL Executive and coach (Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers)
Employer TSN

James Douglas "Doug" MacLean, (born April 12, 1954) is a Canadian sportscaster and former ice hockey coach and general manager. He is the former president/general manager and head coach of the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets and was also the head coach of the Florida Panthers.

Career

MacLean began coaching at the University of New Brunswick, followed by assistant coach positions with the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals. MacLean's first professional head coach position came in 1990, when he was sent to the Baltimore Skipjacks, the Capitals' AHL affiliate, as part of a midseason shakeup that placed Skipjacks head coach Terry Murray at the Capitals' helm.

MacLean served in the Detroit Red Wings organization from 1990–1994. During this time, he served as an assistant coach under Bryan Murray in 1990–91 and 1991–92. For the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons, MacLean served as the General Manager for the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League, the Red Wings top affiliate. During his time as GM, he orchestrated the trade of Kris Draper from the Winnipeg Jets to the Red Wings for "future considerations", which turned out to be US$1.

MacLean is probably best known for leading an up-start Panther team, to the Eastern Conference crown in 1996, only to be swept in the Stanley Cup Final by the Colorado Avalanche.

After leading the Panthers to the playoffs in both the 1995–96 and 1996–97 seasons, MacLean was fired early in the 1997–98 campaign when the Panthers started with a 7–12–4 record.

MacLean was hired to serve as the Blue Jackets' GM on February 11, 1998, and added the position of team president to his responsibilities a month later. The Blue Jackets began play for the 2000–01 NHL season. On January 7, 2003 MacLean fired Blue Jackets head coach Dave King and took over as interim head coach, a position he held until January 1, 2004, when he promoted assistant coach Gerard Gallant to the role. MacLean remained president and general manager until he was fired at the conclusion of the 2006–07 season.1 The Blue Jackets never posted a winning record, going 172–258–62 under MacLean's leadership.

On August 7, 2007, it was announced that a group of investors headed by MacLean had bought the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, the deal fell apart during the 2007–08 season.

On August 18, 2008, MacLean became a co-host alongside Jack Armstrong on a sports talk radio show on Toronto Sports Radio Station, The Fan590, "The Game Plan".

On September 18, 2009, MacLean took over the Hockey Central Radio program from 1-2pm and was hired by Jim Balsillie as an advisor to the PSE group which is trying to acquire and relocate the Phoenix Coyotes.

On September 13, 2010, MacLean became a co-host of the Fan 590's Hockey Central at Noon program alongside Daren Millard and Nick Kypreos as well as an analyst on Rogers Sportsnet's Hockey Central.

Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
FLA 1995–96 82 41 31 10 - 92 3rd in Atlantic Lost in Cup Finals
FLA 1996–97 82 35 28 19 - 89 3rd in Atlantic Lost in First round
FLA 1997–98 23 7 12 4 - (63) 6th in Atlantic (fired)
CBJ 2002–03 42 15 22 4 1 (69) 5th in Central Missed Playoffs
CBJ 2003–04 37 9 21 4 3 (62) 4th in Central (stepped down)
Total 266 107 114 41 4

References

  1. ^ "Blue Jackets fire MacLean". The Columbus Dispatch. 2007-04-19. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
Preceded by
Roger Neilson
Head coach of the Florida Panthers
1995–97
Succeeded by
Bryan Murray
Preceded by
Dave King
Head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets
2002–03
Succeeded by
Gerard Gallant
Preceded by
Position created
General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets
February 11, 1998 – April 19, 2007
Succeeded by
Scott Howson







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