McLellan Enters Swift Current HOF
Sharks Head Coach earns recognition in builder's category
|Head Coach Todd McLellan shakes hands with Broncos Chairman of the Board Al Stewart. Behind them is McLellan's plaque that will go up alongside the 13 other members of the Swift Current Broncos Hall of Fame.
McLellan spent six seasons with the Broncos (1994-2000), where he served as head coach and assistant general manager from 1994-96 and was named head coach and general manager in 1996. During his tenure, he led the squad to a 250-176-49 record, two division pennants and a playoff berth each season. He was named the Western Hockey League (WHL) Executive of the Year in 1997 and WHL Coach of the Year in 2000.
The Melville, Saskatchewan native was named the eighth head coach in San Jose Sharks history on June 12, 2008 and became just the third coach in NHL history to record 50-plus wins in his first two NHL seasons. He was named as a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy in 2009.
In two seasons in San Jose, McLellan’s team has posted a 104-38-22 record, captured a Presidents’ Trophy and earned a berth in the Western Conference Final.
Including his three seasons as an assistant coach under Mike Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings, McLellan’s NHL teams have won one Stanley Cup (2008 with Detroit), three Presidents’ Trophies (2006 and 2008 with Detroit – finishing second overall in 2007, tying the Buffalo Sabres for first in points  but having three fewer wins – and 2009 with San Jose), three appearances in the Western Conference Final (2007 and 2008 with Detroit, and 2010 with San Jose) and five division titles.
Prior to being hired in Detroit, McLellan spent four seasons as head coach of the Houston Aeros in the American Hockey League, including capturing the 2003 AHL Calder Cup Championship. Under his guidance, McLellan led the Aeros to a 154-111-37-18 mark (.567 winning percentage). He was named Minor Coach of the Year in 2003 by The Hockey News and also was selected to coach two AHL All-Star Games during his tenure in Houston.
In 2000-01, he served as the head coach of the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League, posting a 43-32-7 record.
McLellan, who played his junior hockey in Saskatoon and was selected in the fifth round (106th overall) of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders, will be inducted along with Jason Krywulak, who will be joining the player’s category.