Paul MacLean joined the Columbus Blue Jackets as an assistant coach/special teams in November 2019, bringing nearly four decades of experience as a player and coach to the organization.
MacLean, 61, served three-plus seasons as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators from 2011-14, compiling a 114-90-35 record and leading the club to a pair of appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL Coach of the Year in 2012-13 and was also a finalist for the award in 2011-12. He also spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes (1996-97), Anaheim Ducks (2002-04, 2015-17) and Detroit Red Wings (2005-11). During that span, he was a part of teams that qualified for the playoffs 10 times, made three appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals (Anaheim-2003; Detroit-2008, 2009) and won a Stanley Cup (Detroit-2008).
MacLean was born in Grostenquin, France and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. A seventh-round pick of the St. Louis Blues, he appeared in 719 career NHL games with the Blues, Winnipeg Jets and Red Wings between 1980-91. He registered 324 goals and 349 assists for 673 points with 968 penalty minutes and compiled three 40-goal and five 30-goal seasons. He tallied a career-high 41-60-101 in 79 games with the Jets in 1984-85 and played in the All-Star Game that season. He also collected 21-14-35 and 110 penalty minutes in 53 career playoff games.
After retiring as a player in 1991, he began his coaching career as the head coach of the International Hockey League's Peoria Rivermen from 1993-96. He also served as head coach of the IHL's Kansas City Blades from 1997-2000 and United Hockey League's Quad City Mallards from 2000-02.