No longer feeling the Bern, Brett McLean has rejoined the Chicago Blackhawks. During the NHL’s “Free Agent Friday” last week, the ‘Hawks inked the Comox native to a one-year contract.
“The Royston Rocket” notched 27 points (10G, 17A) and 22 penalty minutes in 2010-11 in 50 games with Bern of the Swiss League, where he spent the last two seasons. Originally selected by the Dallas Stars in the ninth round (242nd overall) of the 1997 Entry Draft, McLean previously skated for the Blackhawks from 2002-04, recording 11 goals, 20 assists and 54 penalty minutes in 78 regular-season tilts.
McLean has posted 162 points (56G, 106A) in 385 career regular-season games over parts of six NHL seasons with Chicago, Colorado Avalanche (2005-07) and Florida Panthers (2007-09) and registered one assist in eight Stanley Cup playoffs games with Colorado in 2006.