Ernie “Punch” McLean, coached 16 seasons in the WHL with New Westminster and Estevan Bruins. After the 1970/71 season, McLean and his partner Bill Shinske, moved the Bruins from Saskatchewan to New Westminster.

New Westminster under McLean’s coaching, were the WHL Champions 4 consecutive seasons and won two Memorial Cups 1977 and 1978.

He is second all time in WHL number of games coached with 1,067. He was Coach of the Year in 1975 and was the recipient of the WHL Governors Award in 2004.