Calgarian Jack Maclellan Turning Heads in US College System
By Scott Cruickshank, Calgary Herald
Debbie Maclellan, with a mother's measure of modesty, boils things down.
"Yeah, a hot year."
Brendan Whittet, with a college coach's gift of gab, is much more effusive.
"Our best player, night in and night out," says Whittet, who, like most everyone else in the U.S. hockey world, is wowed by Jack Maclellan's offensive output this winter. "Our most complete player, our most skilled player, our most diligent guy. A competitor, a fierce competitor. He's a coach's dream. A creative guy, a wizard with the puck, sees the ice very, very well.
"A hell of a player and a wonderful kid."
Long version or short, Maclellan is enjoying a fine campaign for the Brown University Bears, an Ivy League school in Providence, R.I.
The Calgary kid, with 29 points in 19 contests, sits tied for second on the Eastern College Athletic Conference's scoring charts, three behind leader Chase Polacek of Rensselaer, but he's played five less games.
Last week, Maclellan picked up two points in the Bears' 3-2 stunning upset of Yale, the No. 1-ranked team in the land and the winner of 10 straight.
"I knew I had the capability of being a go-to guy, of being one of the leaders on the team," says Maclellan. "That's where I wanted to be. I expect a lot out of myself. I'm obviously happy with how the season's gone so far, but, at the same time, not satisfied. That's the attitude I have towards hockey."