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Kevin McClelland
Kevin McClelland
Right Wing
Number: 18
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 205
Shoots: Right
Born: Jul 4, 1962
Birthplace: Oshawa, ON, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Edmonton with Jimmy Carson and Oilers' fifth-round choice in 1991 entry draft for Petr Klima, Joe Murphy, Adam Graves and Jeff Sharples on November 2, 1989.
Drafted: HFD / 1980 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (71st overall)
Rugged, tough, fearless. Those are the types of words that come to mind when the name Kevin McClelland is mentioned. Growing up in Oshawa, Ontario McClelland always had the natural scoring talent which was combined with a tough grittiness, often resulting in fisticuffs. At 16 he scored 50 goals and 124 points with the Oshawa Legionaires of the OMHA. In 1979-80 he joined the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OMJHL at the age of 17. He made a strong impression in his rookie season and was selected in the fourth round, 71st overall in the 1980 NHL entry draft by the Hartford Whalers. McClelland really became a key contributor in his second year when he had 36 goals and 108 points. He also kept up the feisty part of his game, tabulating 184 minutes in the penalty box. It was a strong Flyers team, which boasted many future NHLers such as; Steve Ludzik, Steve Larmer, Mark Osborne, Pat Graham and Paul Gillis. The team was considered a favourite to win the OMJHL title and advance to the Memorial Cup, but the young upstart Kitchener Rangers, led by such stars as Brian Bellows, Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens had other ideas, taking the Ontario crown.

In 1981-82 McClelland returned for his final year where he was clearly the team leader, both on and off the ice despite playing in just 46 games. His NHL rights had been transferred to the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of Hartford's compensation for signing free agent goaltender Greg Millen. McClelland was called up to the Penguins for ten games, and scored a goal and five points. He missed half the next season with a shoulder injury, sustained in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In December, 1983 McClelland was traded to the Edmonton Oilers where he enjoyed the bulk of his success in the NHL, playing on four Stanley Cup championship teams in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988. The biggest goal of his career came in Game One of the 1984 Stanley Cup finals against the New York Islanders when McClelland scored the game's only marker, giving the club a 1-0 lead in the series. Although it was just one win, it was a major psychological victory for the young Oiler team, which had been bounced in four straight games to those same Islanders in the Cup finals the year before. The Oilers went on to sweep that series, denying New York its fifth consecutive Cup. One dynasty was ended, and another had just begun.

McClelland's presence was a definite asset in the 1995 Stanley Cup finals against the rough and tough Philadelphia Flyers. With Dave Semenko moved on in those later years, McClelland took on an increased role as team policeman in the mid 1980s, which he performed admirably. The Oilers and Flyers met again in the 1987 finals, with the Oilers coming out on top. Edmonton defended its title in 1988, sweeping the Boston Bruins in four straight games.

With the Oilers in financial distress and the team being dismantled and looking to rebuild with younger more inexpensive players, McClelland was shipped off to Detroit in November, 1989. He remained with the Red Wings for a year and then had brief stops in Toronto and Winnipeg. He retired from hockey in 1994-95 while playing for the AHL's Rochester Americans.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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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

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