For the past three seasons, the Melville, Saskatchewan, native has served as Mike Babcock's assistant with the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. This is McLellan's first head coaching position in the NHL.
Current Houston Aeros head coach Kevin Constantine formerly coached the Sharks and was the first head coach to get the Sharks to the postseason. In that first season (1993-94) as head coach, Constantine led the eighth-seeded Sharks to a first-round upset over the top-seeded Red Wings. He is the only coach in NHL history to ever lead a pair of No. 8 seeds over a No. 1 seed, having also led Pittsburgh over New Jersey in 1998-99.