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Aug 24, 2005
Written By: EdenCreative
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Detroit Red Wings, NHL affiliate of the Grand Rapids Griffins, on Wednesday announced the signing of center Donald MacLean to a one-year contract.

MacLean, 28, has established himself as one of the AHLs elite players over the last six seasons. He won the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the leagues top scorer in 2001-02 as a member of the St. Johns Maple Leafs, notching 87 points (33-5487). MacLeans 54 assists and 14 power play goals each tied for second in the AHL that season, during which he was chosen as a starter for the 2002 AHL All-Star Classic.

From 2000-04, MacLean recorded three seasons of 60 or more points and totaled 234 points (95-139234) over 230 AHL games with St. Johns and the Syracuse Crunch. After missing the majority of the 2002-03 season due to neck surgery, he rebounded in 2003-04 to lead Syracuse in scoring and tie for eighth in the league with 69 points (27-4269).

A veteran of 29 NHL contests with Columbus, Toronto and Los Angeles, MacLean spent the 2004-05 campaign with Blues Espoo of the Finnish Elite League, pacing the team with 22 goals while ranking second with 21 assists and 43 points.

MacLean, Los Angeles second choice (33rd overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, made his Grand Rapids debut during the 1998-99 season. After being acquired from the Springfield Falcons in exchange for Maxim Spiridonov on Feb. 18, 1999, he contributed 19 points (6-1319) in 28 outings with the Griffins.