Joseph P. McLean, Jr. '69 to Be Inducted into UMB Athletics Hall of Fame

BOSTON, Mass.—The University of Massachusetts Boston Department of Athletics has announced that former Boston State College men’s ice hockey player Joseph P. McLean, Jr. ’69 will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the 2012 induction class.

One of the most outstanding hockey players in Boston State history, McLean will be one of 10 honorees who will be enshrined this October in the university’s annual ceremony, which is also celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Already a member of the UMass Boston Athletics Hall of Fame with the 1967-–68 Boston State men’s ice hockey team, McLean was a three letterman with the Warriors.  During his time in Boston, McLean led Boston State to three consecutive Codfish Bowl Tournament championships (1967, 1968, and 1969), and was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player in 1967.

After a standout season in 1968, McLean earned the team’s Most Improved Player Award.  Dominant on both sides of the red line, McLean was considered by his teammates and coaches as one of the most top defensive forwards in the program’s history.

After graduating from Boston State, McLean continued to add to his academic resume as he earned a master’s degree in history from Suffolk University and in law enforcement from Anna Maria College. 

McLean would then go on to have an illustrious career in the Boston Police Department.  During his 38 years with the department, McLean would earn multiple commendations for service and duty, including the Medal of Honor, which is the highest honor that can be presented to a Boston police officer.

His work in the community is just as impressive.  He and his wife Janice started the Lance Corporal Joseph P. McLean, III Foundation in honor of their late son who died on active duty while serving with the United States Marine Corps.  Since its inception in 1994, the McLean Foundation has distributed more than $500,000 to families in need and countless charities in the Boston area including, the Children’s Hospital, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

For more information about this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony please contact Maria Marcelino at maria.marcelino@umb.edu or call 617-287-7895.