|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
205 lb (93 kg)
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
New York Islanders
|Born||June 30, 1971,|
Edmonton, AB, CAN
|NHL Draft||48th overall, 1991|
New York Islanders
|Pro Career||1991 – 2008|
Jamie McLennan (born June 30, 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a former professional ice hockey goaltender and was an assistant coach with the Calgary Flames. He retired from playing in 2008 after spending a season with the Nippon Paper Cranes of Asia League Ice Hockey.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Following a productive season with the Western Hockey League's Lethbridge Hurricanes in which McLennan backstopped the Hurricanes to the WHL Finals, he was drafted in the 3rd round, 48th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.
After a two and a half-year stint playing for the Islanders' minor league affiliates in the American, International and East Cost Hockey Leagues, McLennan backed-up veteran Ron Hextall in the 1993–94 season, posting a winning record. He spent the following two seasons with the Islanders organization, alternating between the NHL club and the Islanders' IHL affiliate.
A few weeks after the 1995–96 NHL season had been completed, McLennan drove from Salt Lake City, Utah to Lethbridge, Alberta, on his way home to Edmonton. While visiting family in Lethbridge he fell ill. He went to a hospital on May 6, 1996, after feeling sick all evening, with immobility setting in. What was thought to be the flu turned out to be bacterial meningitis.
After nearly dying that day, he spent the following week in intensive care. The Islanders declined to renew his contract on July 1.
The St. Louis Blues signed him to a contract on July 15. After a relatively quick recovery he spent the following season in the AHL. He returned to the NHL as the Blues' back-up goaltender for the 1997–98 NHL season. That year he played 30 games, posting 16 wins, two shutouts and a 2.17 goals against average. He was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who best displays perseverance and dedication to hockey.
The Calgary Flames acquired him in a trade at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, where he again played the role of NHL backup, achieving two wins in 17 decisions. Despite his 2–11–4 record, he remained with the team as Roman Turek's backup. When Turek became injured in the 2003–04 season, McLennan was thrust into the starting role. He played well, but as the season wore, Miikka Kiprusoff, who had been acquired earlier in the season by the Flames, had taken over the starting job. Turek returned, and McLennan was traded to the New York Rangers in March 2004.
He was brought back to the Flames in 2006, once again as backup to Miikka Kiprusoff.
McLennan announced his retirement at the end of the 2007-08 season. On July 10, 2008, he was named as the director of goaltender development and as a professional scout for the Calgary Flames. On June 23, 2009, he was named as an assistant coach for the Calgary Flames.
Slashing incident[edit | edit source]
In the April 21, 2007, playoff game vs. the Detroit Red Wings McLennan came in the game to relieve Kiprusoff, who had given up five goals. He was in the game for a total of 18 seconds before he slashed Red Wings forward Johan Franzén in the stomach. He was assessed several penalties on the play and was ejected from the game. McLennan was suspended five games for the incident. The Flames lost Game 6 the next day. This is considered to be uncharacteristic of McLennan, having won the Masterton trophy in 1998. Coach Jim Playfair and the Flames organization were also heavily fined, in part because the NHL made actions late in games that were out of hand a particular point of emphasis.
He then had a five week stint in Russia before returning to Canada. On November 21, 2007, McLennan signed with the Nippon Paper Cranes of Asia League Ice Hockey. If McLennan ever returns to the NHL, he will have to sit out the last four games of his suspension before coming back to the ice.
Awards and achievements[edit | edit source]
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season[edit | edit source]
|1987–88||St. Albert Royals||Alberta Midget AAA||21||??||??||??||1224||80||0||3.92||-|
|1991–92||Capital District Islanders||AHL||18||4||10||2||952||60||1||3.78||0.885|
|1992–93||Capital District Islanders||AHL||38||17||14||6||2171||117||1||3.23||0.893|
|1993–94||New York Islanders||NHL||22||8||7||6||1237||61||0||2.84||0.905|
|1993–94||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||IHL||24||8||12||2||1320||80||0||3.64||0.889|
|1994–95||New York Islanders||NHL||21||6||11||2||1185||67||0||3.39||0.876|
|1995–96||New York Islanders||NHL||13||3||9||1||636||39||0||3.68||0.886|
|1997–98||St. Louis Blues||NHL||30||16||8||2||1658||60||2||2.17||0.903|
|1998–99||St. Louis Blues||NHL||33||13||14||4||1763||70||3||2.38||0.891|
|1999–00||St. Louis Blues||NHL||19||9||5||2||1009||33||2||1.95||0.903|
|2003–04||New York Rangers||NHL||4||1||3||0||244||12||0||2.95||0.876|
|2007–08||Nippon Paper Cranes||AL||14||8||4||0||791||33||0||2.50||0.921|
Post season[edit | edit source]
|1992–93||Capital District Islanders||AHL||1||0||1||20||5||0||15.00||-|
|1993–94||New York Islanders||NHL||2||0||1||82||6||0||4.39||0.887|
|1997–98||St. Louis Blues||NHL||1||0||0||14||1||0||4.29||0.800|
|1998–99||St. Louis Blues||NHL||1||0||1||37||0||0||0.00||1.000|
|2007–08||Nippon Paper Cranes||AL||10||6||4||599||23||0||2.30||0.924|
|NHL Career Totals||4||0||2||133||7||0||3.16||0.903|
|IHL Career Totals||11||8||2||640||23||1||2.15||0.929|
|AHL Career Totals||11||8||2||640||23||1||2.81||0.925|
|AL Career Totals||10||6||4||599||23||0||2.30||0.924|
|BNL Career Totals||7||4||3||385||13||0||2.02||0.925|
References[edit | edit source]
- "San Jose strengthens ties to China Sharks" nhl.com, Aug 20, 2008
- "New-look Anyang Halla adds western flavor" nhl.com, July 31, 2008
- "Former NHLers find hockey adventure in Japan" nhl.com, March 26, 2008
|Bill Masterton Trophy Winner
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