Once A Penguin: Kevin McClelland
Position: RW ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 205 lbs. (93 kg)
Born: July 4, 1962 (Age 53.307) in Oshawa, Ontario
Draft: Hartford, 4th round (71st overall), 1980 NHL Entry
Amateur Teams: Niagara Falls Flyers
For complete stats visit: www.hockey-reference.com/players/m/mccleke01.html
Today on the Once-A-Penguin blog we are taking a look at Right Winger Kevin McClelland:
Kevin was a unique talent in the realm of Professional Hockey. He possessed a goal scoring touch complimented by a sandpaper-like grit.
Kevin was drafted 79th overall in 4th round of the 1980 Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers.
McCelland would never appear in a game for them as he was awarded to the Penguins in a compensation package that also included Pat Boutte after Goaltender Greg Millen signed with the Whalers.
Kevin played 72 games over three seasons with the Pens and posted 8 goals, 12 assists (20 points) 139 Penalty mins and finished with a +/- rating of -19.
He also appeared in 5 playoff games during the 81-82 campaign garnering 1 goal, 1 assist (2 points) 5 PIM
Sadly, he missed the majority of the 82-83 season with a shoulder injury sustained against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 24, 1983.
On January 24, 1983, McClelland was traded along with Pittsburgh's 6th round choice in the 1984 entry draft for Tom Roulston.
Post Penguins Career:
Kevin owes the Pens big time. As he would go on to capture the Stanley Cup 4 times while being a member of the Oilers.
After the Oilers, Kevin would spend time with the Red Wings, Maple Leafs and Jets organizations before retiring in 1995.
In 588 NHL games, Kevin recorded 68 goals, 112 assists, 180 points, and 1672 penalty minutes.
What is he doing now?
Kevin has been Coaching for the better part of 17 years starting with the Barrie Colts in 1998. Currently he his is Head Coach of the CHL's Wichita Thunder.
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