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Jack Maclellan





Maclellan, an economics concentrator, enters his senior year with a 3.50 GPA.  For the past three years, he has been selected to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.  As a junior, Maclellan was recognized as an Academic All-Ivy honoree (each of the eight Ivy League schools selects five male student-athletes in each season for a total of 15 during the academic year).  Despite a hockey acumen that has drawn the attention of professional scouts, Maclellan chose to remain at Brown for his senior season saying, “forgoing my senior year and giving up a Brown degree was just something I wasn’t willing to do.”  Luiz Valente, the faculty advisor for the men’s hockey team, said: “Jack Maclellan is a true embodiment of the ideal of the well rounded student-athlete. This bright and articulate young man has approached his schoolwork with the same dedication that is evident in his performance as a world-class athlete as well as in his solid commitment to the values of our campus wide community. As such, he is destined to succeed in any career he chooses to pursue, whether inside or outside the realm of athletics.” Barrett Hazeltine, Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Brown, lauded Maclellan’s classroom demeanor noting, “Jack makes insightful comments in class and is always on top of the case being discussed. He has an ability to critically look at the case independently and make his own judgments. Jack is quite good in class and has clearly thought about the case for the day, while providing original insights.”


Maclellan was voted by his teammates as an assistant captain during his junior season (2010-2011) and will serve as the Bears’ captain as a senior in 2011-2012. He understands the responsibility and expectations that accompany his captaincy and his leadership and dedication are second to none. His goal is to excel at the highest level while representing Brown University to the best of his ability through his actions both on and off the ice. When asked about how he views his role as captain, Maclellan replied, “As captain, all I can hope to be is someone who my teammates and coaches respect and count on to consistently do the right thing. If I can accomplish that, I’m confident I will be a good leader.” Maclellan is a selfless teammate, instinctively acting in the best interests of the team. Said head coach Brendan Whittet, “Jack represents all that is right about collegiate athletics. At his core, he embodies integrity, strength in community, responsibility, competitive spirit, and pride.”  A true sportsman, Maclellan is rarely assessed for penalties on the ice, and enters his senior year having been whistled for just 33 penalties (85 minutes) in three seasons. As the Bears’ leading scorer last year, Maclellan missed Brown’s final six games after his season was cut short one shift into the Bears’ game at Princeton on February 18th. In that game, the blade of an opponent’s skate cut through Maclellan’s skate and severed the tendon of his big toe and fractured a bone in his foot. He has come back from what could have been a career-ending injury and was skating again by the spring. Maclellan, who has consistently been among the Bears’ leading scorers, has been also dealing with his mom’s battle with cancer throughout his collegiate career. He lost his mom to a long battle with cancer on June 5, 2011, his 23rd birthday.


Throughout his collegiate career, Maclellan has been involved with Brown’s partnership with the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point, participating in activities at the school and visiting with students.  This season, Maclellan has helped to establish a partnership with the Thomas E. Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis Foundation as the team’s charity program for Goals for Good. Along with assistant captain Bobby Farnham, Maclellan has organized a partnership with the team and Team Impact, an organization that helps children with life-threatening illnesses by partnering them up with various collegiate athletic teams. Brown is matched with a seven-year-old boy from Massachusetts who is fighting leukemia and who loves sports. This young boy has become a part of the team this season in every sense of the word, attending practices and games. He has a replica jersey and the team is teaching him how to ice skate. During his time at home in Calgary, Maclellan is a member of College Hockey Calgary, an organization aiming to support minor hockey programs through networks of coaches and mentorship programs. In other seasons at Brown, Maclellan has been involved in community service projects such as a toy drive benefiting the Providence Children’s Hospital and raising money and awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation through “Mo’vember,” an initiative the team will be organizing again this November.


A pre-season First Team All-League selection in 2011-2012 by the ECAC Hockey coaches, Maclellan earned Second Team All-ECAC Hockey honors in 2011 and was nominated for the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as a junior. Maclellan has been Brown’s leading scorer in each of the past two seasons. As a sophomore in 2010, Maclellan led the Bears with 34 points (15g, 19a), all career-highs and also led the team with three short-handed goals and two game-winning goals, including a series clinching short-handed game-winner in the 2010 ECAC Quarterfinal series against top-seeded and 5th-ranked Yale. That series win sent Brown to the ECAC Final Four for the first time since 2003. Maclellan led the Bears again in 2011, posting 31 points (14g, 17a), despite missing six games due to a season-ending injury. In Brown’s mid-January upset over #1 Yale, Maclellan posted a goal and an assist. He also had big games in Brown’s 6-1 win over #10 Boston University (1g, 1a), a 5-5 tie with #6 New Hampshire (3a), and a 4-4 tie with #2 Boston University (1g). He also led the Bears with two short-handed goals and had three power-play tallies. In 91 games, Maclellan has 71 points (31g, 40a), while averaging over a point-per-game during the past two seasons (65 points in 61 games).