Photo (by James Egan Photography): Greyhounds new Assistant Coach Donald MacLean with General Manager Kyle Raftis and Head Coach Drew Bannister.
Wednesday July 29, 2015
Soo Greyhounds General Manager Kyle Raftis announced this afternoon, as part of their Media Availability, that DONALD MACLEAN has been named the new Assistant Coach with the Program.
“We are pleased to be able to add a quality coach and person such as Donald to our organization.” began Raftis
“Donald comes with a vast background in his playing career as well as his young coaching career, and he will add a whole other dimension to our coaching staff. Along with Drew, Joe and now Donald we are very excited with our coaching staff and eager to get started planning for the quickly approaching season” he continued.
MacLean, a native of Sydney, Nova Scotia, comes to the Greyhounds after holding the position as Head Coach with Dab Docler Steelbuls of the MOL League along with holding the same position with the Croatian National Team (IIHF) for the past three seasons.
The 38-year old was originally selected 33rd Overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings and would later spend 41 games in the NHL (LA, Toronto, Columbus, Detroit, Phoenix), 513 Games in the AHL/IHL and 220 games of European experience.
In the AHL, MacLean played in 513 games where he tallied 223 goals and 246 assists, good for 469 points.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to join such a respected organization and look forward to helping the club on and off the ice” commented MacLean.
MacLean rounds out the Hounds coaching staff that also includes Head Coach Drew Bannister, Associate Coach Joe Cirella and Development Coaches Mike Oliverio and Greg Amadio.
• 2014-15; Head Coach of Dunaujvarosi Acelbikak (MOL Liga)
Head Coach; Croatia (IIHF Division 1 Group B) Silver Medalist
• 2013-14; Assistant Coach of Medvescak Zagreb (KHL)
Head Coach; Croatia (IIHF Division 1 Group B)
• 2012-13; Assistant Coach of Medvescak Zagreb (Austria)
Head Coach; Croatia (WC D2A)
• 2011-12; Assistant Coach of Medvescak Zagreb (Austria)
• Austrian Champion (2007-08)
• Les Cunningham Award (2005-06); AHL Regular Season MVP
• Willie Marshall Award (2005-06); AHL Regular Season leading scorer
• First All-Star Team (2005-06); AHL
• St. John’s MVP (2001); AHL
• John B. Sollenger Trophy (2001-02); AHL Leading Scorer
• St. John’s MVP (2000); AHL
• Memorial Cup Champion / QMJHL Champion (1996-97) with the Hull Olympiques
For more information please visit soogreyhounds.com.