Currently serving as head coach with the Ottawa Senators, Paul McLean spent 11 seasons in the NHL playing for Detroit, St.Louis and Winnipeg. He played in 719 NHL regular season games, scoring 324 goals and  349 assists for 673 points as well as being named to the Campbell Conference All-Star Team. MacLean also participated in the Olympics for Canada in 1980 at Lake Placid, New York.

After a very successful playing career, he served as a Head Coach in the International Hockey League from 1993 to 1996. Starting in the 1996-97 season he became an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Later MacLean was hired as an assistant coach for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. After a move to Detroit to become assistant coach for the Red Wings, MacLean won a Stanley Cup in the 2007-08 season.

On June 14, 2011, MacLean was hired as Head Coach of the Ottawa Senators,his first head coaching job at the NHL-level.  On October 11, 2011,  MacLean won his first NHL game as a Head Coach as the Senators defeated the Minnesota Wild.

On April 30, 2012, MacLean was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for NHL Coach of the Year.

McLean spends his off season with his wife and two children at their summer home in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.