Calgary Hires Former ECHL Netminder McLennan

CALGARY, Alberta – The Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League announced that Jamie McLennan, who played in the ECHL as a rookie, has been named professional scout/director of goaltender development.

The National Conference champion Las Vegas Wranglers are the ECHL affiliate of Calgary of the NHL and the Quad City Flames of the American Hockey League.

Selected in the third round (48th overall) by the New York Islanders in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, McLennan was 16-12-2 with a goals-against average of 3.72 and a save percentage of .891 in 32 regular season games with Richmond of the ECHL in 1991-92.

The 37 year old, who played in Russia and Asia in 2007-08, played 11 seasons in the NHL and he was 80-109-36 with 13 shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.68 and a save percentage of .901 in 254 games with Calgary, the Florida Panthers, the Minnesota Wild, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers and the St. Louis Blues from 1993-2007.

He was awarded the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy in 1998 as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

The Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League had affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the NHL in 2007-08, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams.

There have been 355 players who have played in the NHL after the ECHL and 210 who have made their debut in the last seven seasons.

Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2007-08 including six who played in both the ECHL and NHL: Chris Beckford-Tseu (Alaska and St. Louis), Adam Berti (Pensacola and Chicago), Joe Jensen (Wheeling and Carolina), Dan LaCosta (Elmira and Columbus), Jonathan Quick (Reading and Los Angeles) and Danny Taylor (Reading and Los Angeles).

Former Mississippi Sea Wolves and current Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau was selected as the NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08. He is one of 14 coaches with an ECHL background working behind an NHL bench including former Wheeling coach Peter Laviolette, who is head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.

The ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup for the eighth consecutive year with Aaron Downey, who played his first two professional seasons with Hampton Roads, becomes the 14th former player to be a part of a NHL championship team.