The Ducks have named Paul MacLean assistant coach. Winner of the 2013 Jack Adams Award as the NHL Coach of the Year with Ottawa, MacLean returns to Anaheim where he served as an assistant coach for two seasons from 2002-04. MacLean will join Bruce Boudreau’s coaching staff with fellow assistant coaches Trent Yawney and Scott Niedermayer, goaltending consultant Dwayne Roloson and video coordinator Joe Piscotty.
MacLean most recently served as head coach of the Ottawa Senators from 2011-15, leading the club to a 114-90-35 record and a pair of Stanley Cup Playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013. MacLean helped the Senators to a 25-17-6 record in 2013-14 and the club’s second consecutive postseason appearance en route to his first career Jack Adams Award in his second straight year as a nominee. He joined Ottawa after serving six seasons as an assistant coach in Detroit where he won his first Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008. Having reached the Stanley Cup Final on three occasions, MacLean made his first trip to the Final as an assistant coach with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003 against New Jersey. He spent two seasons with Anaheim after being named to his position on July 11, 2002.
Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray commented on the hiring to reporters this afternoon: "As I've said earlier, I thought our staff was much better this year with the addition of Trent [Yawney]. I thought there were some ways to make us even stronger. Paul was a head coach, he’s been an assistant, he’s worked with Mike Babcock forever, and I’ve known him forever. I think he brings a whole other dimension to our coaching staff. I’m quite excited about that. I think our coaching staff is in really good shape right now."
A native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, MacLean has also previously coached with the Phoenix Coyotes (assistant, 1996-97), Quad City of the United Hockey League (head coach, 2000-02), Kansas City of the International Hockey League (head coach, 1997-2000) and Peoria of the IHL (1993-96). While with Peoria, MacLean was named the Hockey News Minor League Coach of the Year in 1994 after leading the Rivermen to a mark of 51-24-6 and a division title.
MacLean spent 11 years in the NHL as a player with Winnipeg, Detroit and St. Louis from 1980-91. He played 719 NHL regular season games, scoring 324-349=673 points (also played in 53 playoff games). Spending most of his career with Winnipeg (1981-87), MacLean had a career-high 101 points (41-60=101) in 1984-85 and was named to the Campbell Conference All-Star Team. On the Winnipeg/Phoenix all-time leaders list, he still ranks fifth in points (518), fourth in goals (248), fifth in assists (270), and eighth in games (528).