Kirk McLean is a Canadian retired NHL goaltender who played for the New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers. Born in Willowdale, Ontario, McLean grew up dreaming of playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs and looked up to NHL star Bernie Parent as a role model.
McLean played major junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League and was drafted in the sixth round, 107th overall by the Devils in 1984. He played with the Devils' American Hockey League affiliate, the Maine Mariners, before being traded to the Canucks in 1987. He is best known for his 10 and a half seasons with the Canucks, during which time he was a finalist for two Vezina Trophies in 1989 and 1992, named to two NHL All-Star Games and received Second All-Star Team honours. In 1994, he backstopped the Canucks to the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Rangers. In 1998, he was traded and spent the final three seasons of his career with the Hurricanes, Panthers and Rangers, before retiring in 2001.
Since retiring, McLean has been a goaltending coach for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League and a goaltending consultant for the Colorado Avalanche. He has worked in broadcasting with the Canucks' pay-per-view telecasts and became a part-owner of the BCHL's Coquitlam Express. He now works for the Vancouver Canucks as the Ambassador and is a boardmember of the Canuck Alumni Foundation and in September 2011, his off-ice efforts as a member of the Canucks' alumni were recognized and he was presented the Jake Milford Award. The previous year,McLean was also honoured by the Canucks in a ceremony prior to a game against the Avalanche on November 25, 2010. The organization made him the second inductee of the Canucks' Ring of Honour, commemorating the team's best players of all-time with plaques circling the Rogers Arena stands.
McLean is also an avid golfer and began playing regularly at the age of 10.