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The Desert Dog Blog: MacLean Returns to Hockey as Coach

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – I spoke with former Coyotes player Brett MacLean today about his new job as assistant men’s hockey coach at the University of Waterloo (in Ontario), which he will start in September.

“I’m really excited to get back into hockey at a competitive level,” MacLean said. “Unfortunately I can’t play any more but this let’s me be around the game and will let me enjoy it again and the competitive aspect of it.”

MacLean played 13 games for the Coyotes in 2010-11, but retired as a player last summer after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest during a pickup game. MacLean said doctors still are not exactly sure why he suffered the cardiac arrest. He quickly made the decision to retire and has accepted it.

“I’ve moved on (from being a player) and I’m happy where I’m at now and what I’m doing,” MacLean said. “It’s all new and exciting for me, and I’m just trying to go day by day and figure out what I’m going to do next.”

He added, “I will probably be helping with the power play (at Waterloo) and working more on the offensive side. Once I get more comfortable, we’ve talked about me helping run practices more and possibly having my own drills.”

MacLean said he has been giving private hockey lessons since retiring and that he also helped out a little with the Ontario Hockey League team in Owen Sound last season.

“I really enjoyed doing that and thought it was something I’d like to try,” MacLean said. “When I was a player, coaching was probably the last thing I thought I’d ever wind up doing. But with my career being cut much shorter than I thought it would, it just kind of took on a life of its own. I’ve missed hockey and this is a way to get back into it.”

Regarding a coaching style, MacLean said he would definitely tap into what he has learned from past coaches, including Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett.

“I think one of the reasons ‘Tip’ has done so well is that he has been so great at adapting to the team that he has and the players that he has,” MacLean said. “Obviously, he’s someone I’d like to model myself after. Of course, it will take a long time for me to get there.”

I will end this blog by reporting that I recently got a new phone for work with literally all the latest bells and whistles. I’m “reporting” this because the new phone also includes a camera, of course, and I will soon be shipping my old phone off to the Obsolete Phone Graveyard.

With that in mind, I started looking at some of the work-related photos I have taken over the past few years with my old phone. Some I have tweeted via @davest4yotes, but others I have not. Thus, I thought it would be fun to create a gallery of photos taken with my old phone - plus a few with a digital camera I also no longer use for work – and share them via this blog before they disappear forever.

I even included a few non-hockey photos I think you’ll think are cool.

Click here to see photos. Enjoy!

NOTE: Follow Dave Vest on Twitter @davest4yotes

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