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Formerly the Phoenix Coyotes' second-round pick in the 2007 draft, prospect Brett MacLean is forced to retire after going into cardiac arrest during a pick-up game between friends.
Coyote Brett MacLean announced earlier today that he will be forced to go into retirement after an unknown heart condition caused him to collapse onto the ice and go into cardiac arrest while playing a game in a Owen Sound, Ontario arena this offseason.
Originally drafted in 2007, the Port Elgin, Ontario native wouldn't see ice time with the Phoenix Coyotes until late 2010. Scoring his first NHL goal in his first NHL game, MacLean would go on to add an additional goal and assist during his time with the Phoenix franchise. Having been placed on waivers by Phoenix in October, the 23-year-old left wing had a brief stint in Winnipeg with the Jets where he only managed two points in five outings. Finding himself on the wire again, the Coyotes claimed MacLean, assigning him to the club's AHL affiliates, the Portland Pirates. In his final season, Brett MacLean appeared in 63 games with the Pirates scoring 25 goals and 48 points.
Brett MacLean will now turn his attention to school in hopes of one day returning to the sport from the business side of the game, in addition to working with the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada who he reached out to while in the hospital. Brett MacLean would finish his professional hockey career with 329 games, 101 goals and 208 points under his belt.