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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80