Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kyle McLaren
A huge defenceman with decent mobility and offensive skill, Kyle McLaren's ability to play the man in the defensive zone and work the point on the power play made him an important part of the San Jose Sharks.

Born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, McLaren spent the 1992-93 with the AMHL's Lethbridge Y's before joining the WHL's Tacoma Rockets in 1993-94. He was chosen ninth overall by the Boston Bruins at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft after two strong years with the Tacoma.

The 6'4" blueliner scored 17 points and registered an impressive +16 plus/minus rating as a rookie in 1995-96 and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Injuries plagued McLaren's 1996-97 season, and his play suffered along with most of the team but he rebounded with a career-high 25 points and solid defensive work in the following year. In 1999-00, McLaren's played a disciplined game under coach Pat Burns and helped the Bruins reach the second round of the playoffs for the first time in five years. The talented backliner averaged nearly 25 minutes per game but started missing time with injuries.

After an injury plagued seasons in 2000-01 and 2001-02, which saw McLaren miss a total of 68 games, the 2002-03 season is another that he much rather forget. Unable to reach a contract agreement with the Bruins, McLaren sat out the majority of the season before he was traded to the San Jose Sharks. Upon his arrival with the Sharks, McLaren went on to notch 24 points (2-22-24) in 2003-04 and surpass the 500 games played plateau.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Lethbridge Y's Men Titans AMHL 60 28 28 56 84
1993-94 Tacoma Rockets WHL 62 1 9 10 53 6 1 4 5 6
1994-95 Tacoma Rockets WHL 47 13 19 32 68 4 1 1 2 4
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 74 5 12 17 73 +16 5 0 0 0 14
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 58 5 9 14 54 -9
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 66 5 20 25 56 +13 6 1 0 1 4
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 52 6 18 24 48 +1 12 0 3 3 10
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 71 8 11 19 67 -4
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 58 5 12 17 53 -5
2000-01 Canada WC-A 7 0 2 2 2 +7
2001-02 Boston Bruins NHL 38 0 8 8 19 -4 4 0 0 0 20
2002-03 San Jose Sharks NHL 33 0 8 8 30 -10
2003-04 San Jose Sharks NHL 64 2 22 24 60 +10 16 0 3 3 10
2004-05
2005-06 San Jose Sharks NHL 77 2 21 23 66 +6 11 0 3 3 4
2006-07 San Jose Sharks NHL 67 5 12 17 61 +10 11 0 4 4 10
2007-08 San Jose Sharks NHL 61 3 8 11 84 +3 5 0 0 0 6
2008-09 Worcester Sharks AHL 22 1 6 7 19 +1 7 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 719 46 161 207 671 70 1 13 14 78


NHL All-Rookie Team (1996) Missed majority of 2001-02 due to chest (October 10, 2001 vs. Minnesota) and wrist (December 26, 2001 vs. Ottawa) injuries.
Missed majority of 2002-03 season in contract dispute with Boston. Traded to San Jose by Boston with Boston's 4th round pick (Torrey Mitchell) in 2004 NHL Draft for Jeff Hackett and Jeff Jillson, January 23, 2003. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to concussion vs. Springfield (AHL), December 10., 2008.
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