Coach McLellan's Playing Statistics
Todd McLellan was introduced as the seventh Head Coach in San Jose Sharks history on June 12, 2008. Prior to taking over in San Jose, McLellan, 40, captured the 2008 Stanley Cup in his third season as an assistant coach under Mike Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings. Over the course of those three seasons, the Red Wings won the President’s Trophy as the NHL’s top regular season team twice (2007-08 and 2005-06) and finished second in 2006-07, tying the Buffalo Sabres for first in points (113) but having three fewer wins. The team advanced to the Western Conference Finals in 2006-07 before falling in six games to the eventual Stanley Cup-Champion Anaheim Ducks.
Also during that span, no NHL team has won more games (162) or earned more standings points (352) than Detroit. San Jose is third in points (314) and tied for third in wins (144) during that same span.
One of McLellan’s key responsibilities was working with the Red Wings power play, which finished third in the NHL in 2007-08 (20.7%) and first in 2005-06 (22.1%).
Before his time in Detroit, McLellan spent four seasons as Head Coach of the Houston Aeros in the American Hockey League, including capturing the 2003 AHL Calder Cup Championship. He also was selected to coach two AHL All-Star Games in his tenure with Houston. Under his guidance, McLellan led the Aeros to a 154-111-37-18 mark (.567 winning percentage).
In 2000-01, he served as the head coach of the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League, posting a 43-32-7 record.
From 1994-95 thru 1999-00, McLellan coached the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, where he also served as General Manager in his final four WHL seasons. He was named WHL Coach of the Year in 2000 and WHL Executive of the Year in 1997.
In his 14 years of serving as a head and assistant coach, McLellan’s teams have never missed the postseason.
McLellan, a native of Melville, Saskatchewan, played his junior hockey with Saskatoon (WHL) and was drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round (106th overall) in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. He played parts of two seasons with Springfield in the American Hockey League and played in five games with the Islanders in 1987-88, posting two points (one goal, one assist) before a shoulder injury ended his career.
McLellan and his wife, Debbie, have two sons, Tyson and Cale.