Before Jacques Lemaire was named to the head coach position last summer, many thought that John MacLean would finally be given the nod to become the Devils head coach after spending seven seasons as their assistant coach. Instead, Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello said that he wanted MacLean to get more head coaching experience, so he named him to the head coach position of the Devils farm team in Lowell.
Everyone knew it would be a matter of time before MacLean would finally get the coveted job. Now, he’s finally made it.
“John MacLean is an astute hockey individual who has spent the past eight years preparing to be an NHL head coach,” Lamoriello said. “He knows our personnel from the veterans through our prospects, having worked with them as a coach during that time.”
This will be his ninth year as a member of the Devils’ coaching staff.
The New Jersey Devils tweeted the following from the press conference:
@NHLDevils Larry Robinson will be one of his asst coaches.
@NHLDevils No timetable yet for completing his coaching staff… C Terreri will continue duties as goalie coach.
@NHLDevils MacLean says he does not expect Scott Stevens to be a part of coaching staff. Lou adds that Stevens will have ongoing role with farm system.
@NHLDevils MacLean calls Jamie Langenbrunner a “great leader,” says he will continue as Devils captain.
From Tom Gulitti (NorthJersey.com)
@TGfireandice Mario Tremblay will be special assignment coach. Tommy Albelin will not be back in NJ as assistant, but might be assistant in Albany.
@TGfireandice Chris Terreri will remain as goaltending coach. Scott Stevens to return to role as roving coach. At least one more assistant to be named.
@TGfireandice Albelin will remain with organization. Doesn’t feel he’s ready to be head coach in Albany, but wants to learn how to run a bench.
MacLean was an active player for 19 years. In 1995, he won his first Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils (also the Devils’ first Cup). He retired as a player on June 7, 2002. He then joined the Devils coaching staff. His second Cup came while he was assistant coach for the Devils in 2003 when the team won their third Cup.