Todd was drafted by the New York Islanders in 1986 as it's tenth overall picks in 1987 as a left-handed central midfielder but he played only 5 games with the major league club in 1987–88 season and retired from NHL following his recurring injuries.
Former NHL player Todd McLellan was born on October 3, 1967, in Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada. Todd had a very short-lived NHL and AHL career as a player. Reportedly McLellan was a good forwarder and was drafted by the New York Islanders in 1986 as it's 10th overall picks in 1987.
He played for Islanders as a left-handed central midfielder but was able to play with the team for a single season only. He appeared in 5 games with the major league club in 1987–88 season and retired from NHL following his recurring shoulder injuries. Todd McLellan scored his only NHL goal in his debut match against New Jersey Devils on December 28, 1987, where Islanders fell two goals short in a 6-4 loss.
Todd McLellan after his short-lived (two seasons long) career in AHL with Springfield Indians, returned home and studied for a year at the University of Saskatchewan. Afterward, he played in the Netherlands for S.IJ. Utrecht of the Eredivisie. During his SIJ days, McLellan transitioned from being a player to becoming a player-coach and discovered his interest in a coaching career.
McLellan is currently dragged into a controversy for being fired from Edmonton Oilers on November 21, hours after a lopsided loss to the Vegas Golden Nights on Sunday. Further, he is being roasted for the overall bad performance of his recent team's five back to back losses.
Edmonton Oilers fired head coach Todd McLellan early Tuesday in an attempt to salvage a season that has begun to slip away. The club hired Ken Hitchcock to replace Mclellan and a day after the whole incident, on 21st November, Hitchcock led Oilers' team was able to register their first win over San Jose Sharks after five losses in 2018's season.
Todd McLellan is a happily married man, marrie d to his wife Debbie for 26 long years. The couple got married in 1992, and have two sons from their 26 years strong relationship.
On May 19, 2015, he was named the 14th head coach of the Edmonton Oilers succeeding interim head coach Todd Nelson after Dallas Eakins was fired.
McLellan became the highest paid coach in NHL history, after penning a contract worth $3 million per season on May 19, 2015. However, exactly a day after he became the world's highest paid NHL coach, his former colleague Mike Babcock signed an eight-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth $6.25 million per season.
As of 2018, Todd McLellan's net worth is reportedly around $3 million and earns a good amount of salary which is well over $250 thousands per month from his coaching career.
Todd McLellan is currently 51 years old. Further, the white Canadian NHL star-coach is 5 foot and 11 inches tall and weighs around 185lbs.