READING, PA – For the next installment of “Where Are They Now,” we will be taking a look at former Royals captain Cail MacLean and check out what he’s up to nowadays.
Before joining the Royals, MacLean was splitting time hopping between the ECHL and American Hockey League. One hotspot in the ECHL for MacLean was the Trenton Titans. He spent three seasons in Trenton (1999 through 2002). During the 2000-01 season, MacLean helped lead the Titans to their first appearance in the Kelly Cup Finals. That season was the best season in the history of the Trenton Titans as they went 50-18-4 good for 104 points. However, the Titans would lose to the South Carolina Stingrays in five games.
After one more season in Trenton, which saw the Titans lose in the Division Finals to their in-state rivals the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, MacLean signed an AHL deal with the Hershey Bears for the 2002-03 season after playing in 21 games with Hershey the year prior. In his first full season in chocolate and white, MacLean played in 74 of Hershey’s 80 games. In those 74 games, MacLean put up 29 points (16G and 13A). Cail would earn a spot with one more AHL team before joining the Royals, playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2003-04. In his lone season in Bridgeport, only put 16 points (6 G, 10 A) in 61 games.
From there, MacLean signed with the Royals for the 2004-05 season. In his lone season with the Royals, Cail was the team’s captain. That season, he appeared in 59 games with Reading, tallying 42 points (23 G, 19 A). Out of his 23 goals, 15 of them came on the power play which was tied for the league lead that season.
MacLean would spend his final three seasons as a player playing for the South Carolina Stingrays. After taking a year off the Stingrays would bring MacLean back, but this time to be the head coach of the team, since Jared Bednar left to accept an assistant head coaching job with the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL.
In two seasons behind the bench in Charleston, the Stingrays couldn’t get out of the first round of the playoffs. After back-to-back first-round playoff exits, the Calgary Flames named MacLean an assistant coach for their AHL affiliate the Abbotsford Heat. His time in Abbotsford would only last two seasons.
MacLean would make a return to the ECHL in July 2015, being named the first head coach in Adirondack Thunder history. In two seasons with the Thunder, MacLean lead them to the Kelly Cup Playoffs, but the team couldn’t make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.
In August of 2017, MacLean would leave the Thunder bench and reunite with the Calgary Flames organization as he was named the assistant coach for their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat.