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Robinson, MacLean, Albelin Named as Assistant Coaches; Caron as Goaltending Coach

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

MacLean returns for his sixth season behind the Devils' bench. – The Devils completed their coaching staff, naming Larry Robinson, John MacLean, and Tommy Albelin as assistant coaches, and Jacques Caron as goaltending coach.

They will join recently-appointed Head Coach Brent Sutter’s staff. The announcement was made by Devils’ CEO/President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.

“Brent’s additions of Larry, John, Tommy, and Jacques as assistant coaches gives our organization a staff that has tremendous knowledge, experience, and success,” said Lamoriello. “We are all looking forward to the start of training camp."

Robinson, 56, will enter his 11th season as a member of the team’s hockey operations staff. The defenseman has previously served the organization as head coach, assistant coach, and special assignment coach. He joined the Devils after a 20-season Hall of Fame playing career that included 17 years with Montreal.

Robinson’s 20 playoff seasons are tied for third, while his 227 post-season appearances are ranked seventh all-time. He was a member of six Stanley Cup Championship teams with the Canadiens, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1978.

MacLean, 42, returns for his sixth season as assistant coach, after being named to the position September 29, 2002. A right wing, he retired as an active player June 7, 2002, following a 19-season pro career that included 14 seasons with the Devils.

MacLean is the franchise’s all-time leader with 347 goals and 701 points, and is best remembered for his overtime goal in the 1987-88 season-finale, which helped propel the team to its first-ever playoff berth. As an assistant coach, he was a member of New Jersey’s 2003 Stanley Cup Championship team, and as a player, the franchise’s first championship in 1995.

Albelin, 43, begins his first career pro coaching assignment following an 18-year NHL career, including 12 seasons with the Devils. The former defenseman saw action in 539 regular-season games with New Jersey, and was a member of its 1995 and 2003 Stanley Cup Championship teams. He spent the 2006-07 season as a member of New Jersey’s Alumni Association.

Caron returns for his 15th season as goaltending coach, after being named to the position August 9, 1993. He is the only member of the coaching staff to be a part of all three of the team’s Stanley Cup Championships.

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