New Jersey Devils Name John MacLean New Head Coach

Double G SportsCorrespondent IJune 17, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - APRIL 12:  Assistant coach John MacLean of the New Jersey Devils yells to his team as they play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on April 12, 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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John MacLean has been named the new head coach of the New Jersey Devils .

MacLean was a Devils assistant coach for seven years before becoming the head coach of the team's Minor League team in Lowell, MA. He had been passed over when the team hired new head coaches in the past, including Brent Sutter   in 2007 and then again when Jacques Lemaire returned.

This time, with the experience of being a head coach under his belt, MacLean was given the chance by Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello .

Under MacLean, the Lowell Devils   finished in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 39-31-4-6.

MacLean knows the Devils organization well, having been an assistant with the Devils, the Lowell head coach, and a former player of the Devils for years.

The former right winger scored 842 points in 1,194 career NHL games, 934 of those games coming as a New Jersey Devil. As a Devils player, MacLean scored 701 points, 347 of which were goals.

It appears MacLean beat out Michel Therrien and Mike Haviland for the job.

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