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MacLean named AHL MVP

Friday, 04.14.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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MacLean named AHL MVP
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The American Hockey League on Friday named Grand Rapids Griffins left wing Donald MacLean the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the league's most valuable player for the 2005-06 regular season.

The 29-year-old MacLean is the first player in Griffins history to earn MVP honors. The First Team AHL All-Star leads the league with a team-record 56 goals, tying for the eighth-highest total in the league's 70 seasons. He also ranks among the league's leaders - and has set franchise records - with 21 power play goals (2nd), five hat tricks (1st), an eight-game goal streak (2nd; Feb. 25-March 14), a 19-game point streak (1st; Jan. 6-Feb. 18) and 271 shots (6th).

His 88 points (4th) - fourth all time on the club - plus-18 rating (T16th), nine game-winning goals (T1st) and two overtime goals (T1st) also place among the AHL's best, while his averages of 0.74 goals per game this season and 0.60 goals per game for his Griffins career are the highest in the franchise's 10 seasons of play.

After becoming the first AHL player in five seasons to hit the 50-goal plateau, the Sydney, Nova Scotia, native set a Grand Rapids pro hockey record by scoring his 53rd goal on March 23 at Cleveland. His 56 goals are the most by an AHL player in 10 years, putting him in position to become the first Griffin to ever lead his league.

Plaudits for MacLean began to accumulate during the AHL All-Star Classic in Winnipeg, when he won the Hardest Shot competition with a 98 mph blast and scored two goals in Canada's 9-4 rout of PlanetUSA. His final regular season honor could come on Sunday, when the winner of the AHL's Willie Marshall Award (top goal scorer) will be determined.

MacLean's season-long excellence was rewarded on Tuesday when he was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings. He made his Motown debut that night in a 2-0 win over Edmonton, scoring the game-winning and Presidents' Trophy-clinching goal during a power play midway through the first period.

After garnering an assist in the Red Wings' 7-3 win at Chicago last night, MacLean has totaled 11 points (7-4-11) in 31 NHL games with Los Angeles, Toronto, Columbus and Detroit during his nine-year career. He was the Kings' second choice (33rd overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
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P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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