COYOTES SIGN AHL MVP DON MacLEAN TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT
GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Don MacLean to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
MacLean is coming off an incredible 2005-06 season in which he earned the Les Cunningham Award as the American Hockey League's (AHL) most valuable player (as voted by players and members of the media in each of the league's 27 cities). MacLean ranked tied for the AHL-lead in goal scoring with 56 goals, which is also tied for the eighth-highest total in the league's 70-year history. For his amazing campaign, he was also named First Team AHL All-Star.
In 76 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, MacLean registered 56 goals, 32 assists and 88 points to rank 4th in the entire AHL in points. He helped lead Grand Rapids to the most wins (55), points (115) and offense (4.04 goals per game) in the AHL last season. MacLean also recorded a point in 19 straight games from Jan. 6 through Feb. 18, the longest such streak in the league in 2005-06. He also collected an incredible five hat tricks, the most by an AHL player in one season since 2000. MacLean participated in the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic, winning the Hardest Shot event at the annual Skills Competition and scoring two goals for the Canadian squad in the All-Star Game. In addition, MacLean also played in 3 NHL games last season with the Detroit Red Wings (1-1-2).
The 6-2, 199-pound forward has played in 32 NHL games over parts of five seasons with Los Angeles, Toronto, Columbus and Detroit, collecting 7-4-11 and 6 PIM. The 29-year-old MacLean has also played in 3 NHL playoff games all with Toronto in 2002. With St. John's that same season, he led the entire AHL in both assists and points, tallying 33-54-87 in 75 games in 2001-02.
A native of Sydney, Nova Scotia, MacLean was originally drafted by Los Angeles in the 2nd round (33rd overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.