MacLean, who spent 11-years playing 747 games in the AHL, IHL and ECHL during his own pro career was announced as the Heat’s second-ever Head Coach on June 4, 2018 after previously serving as one of the team’s Assistant Coaches during the 2017-18 season. He guided the Heat to a record of 31-31-4-2.
His promotion to Head Coach for the 2018-19 season marked the first time he’s been a Head Coach at the AHL level, having previously served as a the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations of the Calgary Flames ECHL affiliate, the Adirondack Thunder, from 2015-2017, guiding the Thunder to a 79-48-17 record and two-straight playoff appearances, along with two seasons as the Head Coach of the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays. As a Head Coach in the ECHL, MacLean has posted a 157-96-35 record and made the playoffs in all four seasons he’s been at the helm.
The 2019-20 season will also mark MacLean’s seventh season within the Calgary Flames organization, serving as an Assistant Coach with the Abbotsford Heat from 2011-2013 and adding his two years as the Head Coach with the Thunder and one season as an assistant in Stockton prior to becoming Stockton’s head coach in 2018-19.