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Kirk McLean
Selected in sixth round
No. 107 overall by New Jersey Devils

Born June 26, 1966
Position: Goaltender
Height: 6-0   Weight: 175
Last Team: Oshawa (OHL)                                
Birthplace: Willowdale, Ontario (Canada)
Hometown: Willowdale, Ontario
Year TeamLeague GPW-L-T GAASO SV%
1981-82 Don MillsMTJHL ---- ---- --
1982-83 Don MillsMTJHL 26-- 2.010 n/a
1983-84 OshawaOHL 175-9-0 4.280 n/a

Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as the No. 7 goaltender prospect for the 1984 NHL draft. ... Was Oshawa's third-round pick, No. 42 overall, in 1982 OHL priority selection. ... Also starred in amateur soccer during his junior career.
Debut: April 5, 1986 (New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders)
Numbers:  34, 32 (New Jersey); 1 (Vancouver); 1 (Car.); 1 (Florida);
30 (N.Y. Rangers)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired April 2002
YearsTeams GP W-L-TGAA SOSV%
1985-2001 N.J., Vancouver, Car.,
Florida, N.Y. Rangers
612 245-262-723.26 22.887
YearsTeams GPW-L GAA SOSV%
1989-1996 Vancouver68 34-342.846 .907

NHL All-Star Second Team:
1991-92 (Vancouver)
Sporting News All-Star Second Team: 1991-92 (Vancouver)
All-Star Game: 1990, 1992 (Vancouver)
NHL SuperSkills Competition Goaltending Winner: 1990 (Van.)
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1994 (Vancouver)
Vancouver Taylor Trophy (MVP): 1989-90, 1991-92
Vancouver Molson Cup (3-Stars Leader): 1987-88, 1989-90, 1995
Vancouver Records: Most career games played by a goaltender (516), most career minutes played by a goaltender (29,989), most career wins (211), most career shutouts (20), most career losses (228), most career goals allowed (1,637), most career assists by a goaltender (21), most wins by a goaltender in one season (38 in 1991-92), most career playoff games played by a goaltender (68), most career playoff minutes played by a goaltender (4,189), most career playoff wins by a goaltender (34), lowest career playoffs goals-against average (2.84), most career playoff shutouts (6), most career playoff assists by a goaltender (5), most career playoff losses (34), most career playoff goals allowed (198), most games played by a goaltender in one playoff year (24 in 1994), most minutes played by a goaltender in one playoff year (1,544 in 1994), most wins in one playoff year (15 in 1994), most shutouts in one playoff year (4 in 1994), most saves in one playoff game (52 in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals at N.Y. Rangers on May 31, 1994 -- Vancouver won 3-2 in overtime)
NHL Goalie Games-Played Leader: 1989-90 (Vancouver) (63)
NHL Minutes Leader: 1989-90 (Vancouver) (3,739 minutes)
NHL Wins Leader: 1991-92 (Vancouver) (38 wins) (tie)
NHL Shutouts Leader: 1991-92 (Vancouver) (5 shutouts) (tie)
NHL Playoffs Shutouts Leader: 1992 (Van.) (2), 1994 (Van.) (4)
NHL Playoffs Goalie Games-Played Leader: 1994 (Vancouver) (24)
NHL Playoffs Minutes Leader: 1994 (Vancouver) (1,544 minutes)
Broadcasting Career: Was color commentator on Vancouver's pay-per-view TV games late in 2001-02 season and for 2002-03 season.
Miscellaneous: Called up to New Jersey for balance of 1985-86 season after his Oshawa team was eliminated from 1986 OHL playoffs. ... Entered his first NHL game after New Jersey starter Alain Chevrier was pulled at 9:19 of the first period. The New York Islanders led the Devils 3-0 when McLean entered the game and scored four more times for a 7-1 victory. ... Won his first NHL start despite giving up seven goals in New Jersey's April 6, 1986, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Named NHL Co-Player of the Week for the week ending March 20, 1989. ... Finished third in voting for 1988-89 Vezina Trophy. ... Missed remainder of 1990-91 regular season with tendinitis in left wrist, an injury suffered during Vancouver's Feb. 25, 1991, game vs. Calgary and re-aggravated during Vancouver's March 1, 1991, game vs. Montreal. He did not return to action until Game 3 of Vancouver's first-round playoff series vs. Los Angeles on April 8, 1991. ... Named NHL Player of Week for the week ending Oct. 14, 1991. ... Named NHL Player of Month for October 1991, becoming first player in Vancouver history to receive that award. ... Became first goaltender in Vancouver history to shut out Montreal when he made 45 saves to achieve feat with 3-0 road win on Dec. 4. ... Finished third in NHL with 2.74 goals-against average and fifth in NHL with .901 save percentage in 1991-92. ... Was runner-up to Patrick Roy for 1991-92 Vezina Trophy. ... Won Vancouver Molson Cup for November 1993. ... Made dramatic kick save on Robert Reichel during overtime of Game 7 of Vancouver's first-round series at Calgary on April 30, 1994. McLean threw his pad out to block an open net and prevent Reichel from winning the game. The Canucks then went on to win 4-3 in the second overtime. ... Set NHL record (since broken) for minutes played by a goaltender in one playoff year with 1,544 for Vancouver in 1994. ... Tied NHL record (since broken) for shutouts in one playoff year with four in 1994. ... Won Vancouver Molson Cup in February, March, April, and May 1995. ... Passed Richard Brodeur to become Vancouver's all-time leader in games played by a goaltender when he appeared in his 378th career game for Canucks on March 14, 1995, at Winnipeg. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with torn cartilage in left knee, an injury suffered during Vancouver's Dec. 31, 1995, game vs. Philadelphia. The injury required arthroscopic surgery on Jan. 13, 1996, and McLean did not return to action until he backed up Corey Hirsch in Vancouver's Feb. 19, 1996, game at Detroit. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with left knee injury, suffered during Vancouver's Nov. 11, 1996, game at N.Y. Rangers. The injury required arthroscopic surgery, and McLean did not return to action until Vancouver's Dec. 27, 1996, game at Phoenix. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with bruised finger, an injury suffered during Vancouver's March 3, 1997, game at Colorado. He did not return to action until Vancouver's March 26, 1997, game vs. Anaheim. ... Won first game in a Florida uniform, making 24 saves in Panthers' 5-4 win vs. Montreal on March 26, 1998. ... Missed part of 1998-99 season with bruised ribs, an injury suffered during Florida's practice on Feb. 14, 1999. He did not return to action until Florida's Feb. 26, 1999, game at Detroit. ... Signed two-year, $1.825 million contract with N.Y. Rangers as a Group III unrestricted free agent on July 13, 1999. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with the flu, an illness contracted in February 2000. ... Missed part of 2000-01 season with back spasms, suffered in N.Y. Rangers' Oct. 24, 2000, game vs. Philadelphia. He did not return to action until N.Y. Rangers' Nov. 1, 2000, game vs. Tampa Bay. ... Announced his retirement late in 2001-02 season after failing to catch on with any team as a Group III free agent during that season.
McLean's Place in History: Although he was an All-Star during his NHL career, McLean might be best remembered as the goaltender who gave up Wayne Gretzky's record-breaking 802nd career NHL goal during the 1993-94 season. Gretzky's goal, which broke the NHL record held by Gordie Howe, came on a power play at 14:47 of the second period during Vancouver's March 23, 1994, game at Los Angeles. The goal tied the game at 2-2, but Vancouver went on to win 6-3. Although McLean is remembered for giving up the history goal, he was hardly at fault on the play. McLean had come out to face Marty McSorley, who was breaking in on a 2-on-1 with Gretzky. McSorley fed a beautiful pass back to Gretzky, who shot the puck into an open net. The net would find a permanent home in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Post-Draft Teams: Oshawa (OHL); Maine (AHL)
World Championships: 1990 (fourth place)
BCHL All-Star Game:
2004 (Coquitlam) (honorary coach)
OHL Goals-Against Average Leader: 1984-85 (Oshawa) (3.32)
Coaching Career: Named Kamloops (WHL) goaltending coach prior to 2002-03 season and held position through 2003-04 season. ... Named Univ. of British Columbia (CWUAA) goaltending consultant during 2003-04 season and held position through 2003-04 season.
Management Career: Purchased share in Coquitlam (BCHL) team along with former NHLers Darcy Rota, Bill Ranford and Dave Lowry in 2003, and remained a part owner through 2004-05 season. He was part of the ownership group when the team decided to relocate to Burnaby for the 2005-06 season.
Miscellaneous: Was active in charitable causes during his playing days in Vancouver, including work as spokesperson for B.C. Environment's "Giving Green" recycling program and the B.C. Optometrists Association. ... Also appeared in a Vancouver television commercial for the CrimeStoppers program. ... Owned thoroughbreds during his playing days. His horses raced at Woodbine Race Track in Toronto. ... An avid golfer, he participated in the 1996 Greater Vancouver Open's pro-am tournament. ... Played on Vancouver Canuck Alumni team after his retirement.
Personal: Full name is Kirk Alan McLean.
TRADE: New Jersey traded McLean, Greg Adams and 1988 second-round pick (Leif Rohlin) to Vancouver for Patrik Sundstrom, 1988 second-round pick (Jeff Christian) and 1988 fourth-round pick (Matt Ruchty) on September 10, 1987. At the time of the deal, New Jersey had the option of switching second-round picks in 1988, depending on whether the Devils or Canucks finished lower in the 1987-88 standings. Vancouver finished lower, and New Jersey exercised its option.

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