| The Oshawa, Ont. native spent nine seasons as a coach in the New Jersey Devils organization, including seven years as an assistant coach. MacLean served as head coach of the Lowell Devils of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2009-10, leading the Devils affiliate to its best-ever record and first-ever playoff birth. He was named head coach for the New Jersey Devils prior to the 2010-11 season, but was replaced 33 games into his first season as an NHL head coach.
He guided the AHL Devils to a franchise best mark of 39-31-4-6 in 2009-10, 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. This will be MacLean’s ninth season as a member of the Devils’ coaching staff. He previously served as a Devils assistant coach for seven seasons, including the 2003 Stanley Cup championship. The club’s all-time goals leader with 347, MacLean is second to Patrik Elias on the team’s all-time points list and has deep roots within the organization. Originally drafted sixth overall by the Devils in the 1983 Entry Draft, he was a member of the franchise’s first Cup title in 1995. “I’m whatever is called for that day," MacLean said last season when asked about his coaching style. "If it calls for teaching and being nice or if it calls for breaking a stick and yelling and screaming, then that’s what it calls for that day.”