|Kirk Alan McLean
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 182 pounds
Born: 6.26.66 Willowdale, Ontario
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Vancouver Canucks with Greg Adams and Devils' 2nd round pick in the
1988 E.D. for Patrik Sundstrom and Canucks' 2nd and 4th round picks in the 1988 E.D., 9.15.87
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
With the number of goalies the Devils had at their disposal in the mid-80s, McLean never really had a fair shake for
them. So when Lou Lamoriello became the GM in 87, he went ahead and shopped McLean around, with the
Vancouver Canucks ultimately getting him.
The Devils won in the trade for how Patrik Sundstrom worked out immediately for them, while the Canucks won for
how McLean worked out for them both immediately and in the long run. He was a 2-time All-Star, broke many of the
Canucks' goaltending records, and also appeared in the Stanley Cup finals in 1994.
He would be moved twice during the 97-98 season, first to the Hurricanes, then a couple weeks later, to the Florida
Panthers. He would finish his career with the Rangers. While he played decent in his post-Canucks span, he was never
able to come close to what he did in Vancouver.
Sure, people have hollered over the years how great things became of our old players after they left New Jersey. In
McLean's case, he was part of what was becoming a goaltending factory that needed to unload on surplus.
After retiring, he served as a goalie coach for the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL for a season. He also served as a
studio analyst for Canucks' TV broadcasts till about 2009. The following year, he became a goalie consultant for the
Colorado Avalanche for 3 years.
He also owns a share of the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL.
Outside of hockey, he co-owns McLean's restaurant in the Gastown section of Vancouver with his old coach Bob
|Entry Draft: 1984 Sixth Round Pick (107th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils