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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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89