Kurtis McLean

Kurtis McLean (born November 2, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. He currently plays for Kiekko-Espoo in the Finnish Mestis.

Kurtis McLean
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McLean with the Vienna Capitals in 2016
Born (1980-11-02) November 2, 1980 (age 40)
Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
Mestis team
Former teams
Kiekko-Espoo
New York Islanders
Lukko
SCL Tigers
Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Jokerit
KHL Medveščak Zagreb
Vienna Capitals
EHC Wolfsburg
Graz 99ers
HC 07 Detva
HSC Csíkszereda
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present

Playing careerEdit

McLean grew up in the small northern Ontario town of Kirkland Lake and played Midget AAA hockey for the New Liskeard Cubs. He also had a short stint with his hometown team Kirkland Lake Legion 87's. He attended Kirkland Lake's Collegiate and Vocational Institute. After his 1996–97 season he was undrafted by the OHL, however, moved to the Trenton Sting of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League where he played three seasons. His exploits in Tier II Jr. hockey earned him a spot on the Norwich University (NCAA-III) roster the following year and became the first ever 4-time 1st team all-American in D-III history.[citation needed]

 
McLean with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2006

McLean was signed as an undrafted free-agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005 after playing four seasons at Norwich University. He was called up from the Wheeling Nailers during the 2005–06 season, playing 32 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. McLean finished second on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in points (54), assists (32), and plus/minus (+14) and was tied for third the team in goals (22). He helped the Penguins win the Eastern Conference Championship and finished third on the team in playoff scoring with 19 points (4g/15a).

On July 3, 2008, McLean signed with the New York Islanders.[1] He was called up to the Islanders on January 19, 2009, and scored his first NHL goal, in his second NHL game, against Jean-Sebastien Giguere in a 2–1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on January 21, 2009.[2]

On January 23, 2009, McLean was inducted into Hockey Heritage North. Town mayor Bill Enouy said of McLean, "They will never be able to take that off his resume (no matter what happens in the future) he will always be a guy that played in the NHL".[3]

On May 29, 2009, McLean signed a contract with Finnish club Lukko of the SM-liiga.[4] He stayed for two seasons and captained the team during the 2010–11 season. McLean then moved to Switzerland's Nationalliga A and spent two seasons with the SCL Tigers where he led the team in points both seasons.

On May 22, 2013, Mclean signed for Lukko, signalling a return to Finland, but a month later he departed and instead signed a one-year contract with Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. In the 2014–15 season, McLean continued to play in the KHL, splitting the year between Finnish club, Jokerit, and Croatian club, KHL Medveščak Zagreb.

As a free agent on July 31, 2015, McLean ventured to the Austrian Hockey League, agreeing to a one-year contract with the Vienna Capitals of the EBEL.[5] He left the Capitals during the season and signed a contract for the remainder of the 2015–16 season with EHC Wolfsburg of the German top flight Deutsche Eishockey Liga on February 16, 2016.[6]

On August 30, 2016, McLean would return to Austria to play for the Graz 99ers of the EBEL.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Trenton Sting OPJHL 47 37 38 75 16
2001–02 Norwich University ECAC 32 28 24 52 12
2002–03 Norwich University ECAC 29 25 23 48 26
2003–04 Norwich University ECAC 28 36 21 57 16
2004–05 Norwich University ECAC 26 29 26 55 6
2004–05 Richmond Riverdogs UHL 4 1 2 3 2
2005–06 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 41 31 25 56 32 5 4 4 8 4
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 32 4 11 15 8 7 0 0 0 4
2006–07 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 16 11 12 23 21
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 55 16 16 32 24 10 4 3 7 4
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 76 22 32 54 58 23 4 15 19 8
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 62 15 37 52 30
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 4 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Lukko SM-l 42 18 25 43 28 4 0 1 1 10
2010–11 Lukko SM-l 60 16 39 55 24 13 4 6 10 4
2011–12 SCL Tigers NLA 49 14 28 42 34 4 3 2 5 2
2012–13 SCL Tigers NLA 46 7 34 41 26 17 4 9 13 20
2013–14 Metallurg Novokuznetsk KHL 47 9 13 22 26
2014–15 Jokerit KHL 20 1 0 1 18
2014–15 KHL Medveščak Zagreb KHL 11 2 3 5 6
2015–16 Vienna Capitals EBEL 39 10 17 27 18
2015–16 Grizzlys Wolfsburg DEL 5 2 3 5 2 15 1 4 5 6
2016–17 Graz 99ers EBEL 54 17 33 50 20 5 0 2 2 6
2017–18 Graz 99ers EBEL 47 6 19 25 37
2018–19 TUTO Hockey Mestis 10 1 2 3 2
2018–19 HC 07 Detva Slovak 7 1 1 2 2 9 1 2 3 6
2019–20 HSC Csíkszereda Erste 34 4 20 24 51
NHL totals 4 1 0 1 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Islanders add depth to roster". islanders.nhl.com. July 3, 2008. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  2. ^ "Islanders edge Ducks to snap eight-game losing streak". cbssports.com. January 21, 2009. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  3. ^ "McLean scores first NHL goal, becomes part of HHN". northernnews.ca. January 23, 2009. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  4. ^ "Lukon team ready, signs McLean". (in Finnish) raumanlukko.fi. May 25, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2009.
  5. ^ "High Caliber Kurtis McLean comes to the Caps" (in German). Vienna Capitals. July 31, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  6. ^ sos-media.de. "GRIZZLYS WOLFSBURG - News". www.grizzlys.de (in German). Retrieved February 18, 2016.

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