Once upon a time Doug MacLean coached the Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and followed that up by being the GM and President of CBJ before getting fired at the end of the 06-07 season. He was then hired by Sportsnet to provide analysis and commentary, where he’s stuck ever since.

With a resume that includes presiding over a professional sports team and talking a lot, it makes sense that he’s tempted to jump into a new endeavor: leading Canada’s Progressive Conservative party in Prince Edward Island. Politics!

CBC wrote about it today:

“I’m going to think about it. Because it’s an honour to me. It’s a real honour to be considered. Don’t you think?”

MacLean made those comments on his national daily hockey show, after CBC suggested last week that MacLean was a darkhorse candidate to run in the next leadership convention now that current party Leader Olive Crane has resigned.

MacLean said he’ll give the vacancy some serious consideration.

“It’s something I’ll think about over the next year probably, and again, it’s kind of an ideal situation because it’s a little ways away. It’s not like the last time where I had to make a decision in actually two weeks. I just simply couldn’t do it. But it’s something to think about.”

I don’t know Doug, and I just returned to the Great White North a couple months ago, so I’m gonna leave this without comment, and hand the ball over to the commenting community – opinion: would you vote for Doug MacLean to head up your province?

(s/t to Kukla’s Korner)