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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.

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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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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