- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 5, 2004

Brian MacLellan, who won a Stanley Cup championship playing left wing with Calgary in 1989, has been named director of player personnel for the Washington Capitals.

MacLellan, 45, succeeds Shawn Simpson, who had been with the Caps in various capacities since he was drafted in 1986.

MacLellan had served as a pro scout the past three seasons and will now assist and advise general manager George McPhee on player-related matters. He will also oversee the club’s development programs and work with professional and amateur scouts.

He will also serve as general manager of the Portland (Maine) Pirates in the American Hockey League, the Caps’ only farm team.

“I knew this was what I wanted to do,” MacLellan said in a prepared statement. “It’s a great opportunity and an opportunity to work with someone I know and like and trust. [Taking the job] was more of a no-brainer than anything else.”

McPhee and MacLellan both grew up and played junior hockey in Guelph, Ontario, where they learned the basics of the sport. Both graduated from Bowling Green State University and they played for the New York Rangers at the same time during the 1985-86 season.

MacLellan went on to earn an MBA from the University of Minnesota while McPhee earned a law degree from Rutgers.

“Brian is an excellent judge of talent and knows what a winning team needs,” McPhee said. “He spent 10 seasons in the NHL where he played for a Stanley Cup winning team. Brian is smart, trustworthy and experienced.”

MacLellan, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds as a player, was signed as a free agent by Los Angeles and also played for the Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, the Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings. In 606 league games, he scored 172 goals and assisted on 241 others for 413 points to go along with 541 penalty minutes.

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