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Devils hire John MacLean as coach @NHLdotcom

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -John MacLean is the new coach of the New Jersey Devils, replacing the retired Jacques Lemaire.

The Devils made the announcement Thursday. MacLean will introduced at an afternoon news conference.

Lemaire retired a few days after the Devils were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round.

MacLean spent last season coaching the Devils' American Hockey League affiliate in Lowell, Mass. He led the team to its only playoff appearance four seasons. He was a Devils' assistant coach for seven years before taking over in Lowell.

MacLean played for 19 years, 14 with the Devils. He is New Jersey's leading goal-scorer with 347. He also played for San Jose, the Rangers and Dallas.

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