Player Profile: Rattlers Terrance McLeanNovember 12th, 2018 at 3:21PM November 12th, 2018 9:26PM
Bradford, Ontario- The Rattlers have brought back a key piece to their roster for the 2018-2019 Season in the form of defenceman Terrance McLean. McLean is a six-year veteran for the Rattlers squad, and is in his second season with the team, joining the Rattlers in 2017-2018.
Before McLean joined the Rattlers squad he played four years of Junior Hockey, ranging from Junior B to Junior A. McLean was always a solid defenceman, playing smart in his own end, chipping in offensively, and adding a mean streak to his game. Before coming to the GMHL, McLean had 118 Games Junior experience, posting 10 Goals 21 Assists for 31 Points, and recording 134 PIMS as well.
The Bradford Rattlers are one of the original teams in the GMHL, and one of the most successful franchises, with three Russell Cup Championships under their belt, including a perfect season in 2012-2013 going 42-0-0. Since a Russell Cup Finals appearance in 2013-2014, the Rattlers had been bounced in the first round of the playoffs. Last season, the Rattlers looked to get back to their old dominant ways, adding Stanley Cup Winner Ric Jackman as Head Coach, and bringing in elite talent, including Terrance McLean. McLean immediately became an impact player for the Rattlers on and off the ice, becoming a top D for the team on the ice, as well as being a leader off the ice, earning him the honours of becoming Captain of the team. The Rattlers would go on to have their best season in five years, finishing tied for first in the North Division (Almaguin would win the tie-breaker for 1st), and reaching the Semi-Finals for the first time since 2013-2014, with McLean finishing with 6 Goals 20 Assists for 26 Points and 148 PIMs in 36 Games Played. However, the Rattlers weren’t able to make it further than the Semi-Finals, losing out to eventual Champions, the Almaguin Spartans. After the 2017-2018 Season, the Rattlers, especially McLean, became hungry for more. McLean re-signed for the 2018-2019 Season, along with other pieces, and the Rattlers have gotten off to a hot start, sitting in 2nd in the North with a 13-1-1 record. A big part of the Rattlers hot start is McLean. So far Mclean has 9 Goals 17 Assists for 26 Points in 14 Games Played, which matches his point total from last season, and it’s only the first month of the season. On top of his offensive production, McLean has been playing stingy defence, and the Rattlers have the best GA in the league with on 40 GA (the next best is 47 GA by Knights of Meaford). The Rattlers are shaping out to be contenders for the Russell Cup, and ultimately, that is the goal for the Rattlers and McLean.
“I've been excited for this season all summer. I think General Manager Sean [Werth] and Coaches Ric [Jackman] and Josh [Willenborg] did a great job bringing in experienced vets and also good young talent. It was an obvious choice for me to come back because I've enjoyed my time in the GMHL, and because of the coaching staff and the winning culture of the Rattlers. We had a great season last year but I'm expecting this team to take it all the way this year,” said McLean.
“Terrance was a big part of our team last year, and helped us to our best season in awhile. We’re happy to have him back on the Rattlers this year, and based off his performance so far, I think he’s elevated himself to another level from last year. If he can keep up with the pace he’s been going at, and the team stays hot, there’s no reason we can’t make a finals appearance and maybe even bring home a fourth Russell Cup in Rattlers history,” said Rattlers Assistant and Defence Coach Joshua Willenborg
McLean and the Rattlers hope to be one of the top teams this year, and make a run for the Russell Cup. Be sure to catch their games throughout the year at the BWG Leisure Centre in Bradford, Ontario, or on GMHL.tv.