McLellan's has a career record of 463-317-96 in 876 regular season games. His 463 regular season wins are tied for 30th all-time. McLellan-led teams have eclipsed the 50-win plateau three times and 100-plus points five times during his coaching career. Additionally, his teams have advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in seven of his 10 full seasons behind an NHL bench and he has a career post-season record of 37-38.
In his first season with the Kings, the club posted a 29-35-6 record. At the time the season ended at the 70-game mark, the Kings were enjoying a seven-game winning streak, which is tied for the seventh longest streak in franchise history. The club under McLellan also tied for third in the league in shots for/GP and tied for fifth in the league in shots against/GP.
McLellan most recently served as the head coach of the Oilers for three-plus seasons. He had a 123-119-24 record in 266 regular season games with the Oilers. He led the Oilers to a 47-26-9 record and 103 points during the 2016-17 season, a season in which the Oilers finished in second place in the Pacific Division before getting to within one win of advancing to the Western Conference Final (lost 2-1 to Anaheim in Game 7 of the Pacific Division Final). The 2016-17 season marked the first 100-plus point season for the Oilers since 1986-87, and the furthest advancement for the Oilers in the playoffs since 2005-06.
In 2014-15, McLellan served as the head coach of Team Canada at the 2015 World Hockey Championship, leading Canada to its first gold medal since 2007. The team had an undefeated record of 10-0 and an impressive 6-1 win over Team Russia in the Gold Medal Final. He was also the head coach of Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
McLellan spent seven seasons as the head coach of the San Jose Sharks prior to joining the Oilers, posting a record of 311-163-66 in 540 regular season games (.637 points percentage). During his tenure in San Jose, McLellan led the Sharks to six playoff appearances, six 40-plus win seasons, four 100-point seasons, a Presidents' Trophy (2009), three Pacific Division titles and San Jose made back-to-back appearances in the Western Conference Final (2010 and 2011).
No head coach in NHL history has won more games in their first four seasons behind the bench than the 195 collected by McLellan from 2008-12. In 2010, McLellan became just the third head coach in NHL history to record 50-plus wins in his first two seasons as a bench boss. McLellan was named a finalist for the NHL's Jack Adams Trophy in 2008-09.
Prior to joining San Jose, McLellan spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Red Wings. One of McLellan's key responsibilities was Detroit's power play, which finished first in the NHL in 2005-06 (22.1 percent) and third in 2007-08 (20.7 percent). McLellan won a Stanley Cup in 2008 with the Wings, as well as two Presidents' Trophies (2006 and 2008).
Before re-entering the NHL as a coaching, McLellan spent four seasons as the head coach with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Houston Aeros, capturing the 2003 Calder Cup Championship. Under his guidance the Aeros won 154 wins and made four consecutive trips to the playoffs, and he was named the 2003 Minor Coach of the Year by The Hockey News. He was also selected to coach two AHL All-Star Games during his tenure in Houston.
McLellan spent the 2000-01 season as the head coach of the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League (IHL). The Lumberjacks posted 43 regular season wins before advancing to the playoffs.
McLellan also spent six seasons in junior hockey as the head coach with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he also served as the general manager in his final four seasons. He was named the WHL Executive of the Year in 1997 and WHL Coach of the Year in 2000. The Broncos also captured division titles in 1996 and 2000 under McLellan.
McLellan, 53 (10/3/67), was born in Melville, Saskatchewan. He played his junior hockey in the WHL with the Saskatoon Blades and he was drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round (104th overall) of the 1986 NHL Draft. He played parts of two seasons with Springfield of the AHL, and he played in five games with the Islanders during the 1987-88 season, posting two points (1-1=2) before a shoulder injury ended his playing career.
As of November 2020