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Brian MacLellan
Brian MacLellan
Left Wing
Number: 27
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 27, 1958
Birthplace: Guelph, ON, Canada
Hometown: Guelph, Ontario
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Calgary for Marc Habscheid on June 11, 1991.
Many children have begun skating and playing hockey before they've even begun attending school. Sadly, Brian MacLellan was not one of those children. While his friends were skating, MacLellan was in a leg brace, hampered by Legg Perthes disease, a condition that effects the hip joint. Doctors later recommended that hockey just might help the young MacLellan. The combination of exercise and the cool, moist arena air might improve the condition, doctors posited, so MacLellan joined a house league team in Guelph and began his hockey career -- several years behind the progress of his friends.

MacLellan worked intensely on his game, and the hip never troubled him again. By the time he was playing high school hockey, he was a dominant player and had sprouted to a power forward's 6-foot-3. Scouts from U.S. colleges were impressed, and after many offers, he chose to attend Ohio's Bowling Green University. During all four of his years at Bowling Green, MacLellan was chosen to the All-American team. Still, he was ignored in the NHL entry draft each year of his eligibility.

MacLellan was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Kings in 1982, playing eight games that season. The next two years, on a line with Marcel Dionne, MacLellan scored 25 and 31 goals, respectively. But mid-way through his fourth season in L.A., MacLellan was traded with a draft choice to the New York Rangers for Grant Ledyard and Rollie Melanson in December 1985.

New York didn't work out for Brian MacLellan. Coach Ted Sator wanted MacLellan to use his size for a more aggressive game -- something that MacLellan was uncomfortable doing. The Rangers' coaching staff gave up on the winger, and MacLellan was dealt to Minnesota for a third-round draft choice before training camp in 1986. The North Stars were able to tap MacLellan's potential, and he responded with an outstanding season in 1986-87, scoring 32 goals and adding 31 assists.

Although very comfortable in Minnesota, MacLellan was blessed with a little good fortune. With twelve games remaining in the 1988-89 season, he was traded to the Calgary Flames to shore up their playoff drive. It worked. Brian MacLellan and the Flames won the Stanley Cup that season. After two full seasons in Calgary, MacLellan was sent to the Detroit Red Wings during the summer of 1991, and he retired at the end of the 1991-92 season. For a young boy unable to join his friends at play, Brian MacLellan enjoyed a most remarkable career.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80