12/12/2012 08:12 EST | Updated 02/11/2013 05:12 EST

Former NHL coach, manager considers PC leadership run

A high-profile sports personality from P.E.I. is considering a run at the provincial Progressive Conservative Party leadership.

Former NHL coach and general manager Doug MacLean said he'll think about throwing his hat in the ring.

The Summerside native said he was approached a couple of years ago to run for the leadership, but turned down that opportunity, in part, because he was given less than two weeks to decide.

But last week, on Toronto radio station Sportsnet 590 The Fan, MacLean fuelled the speculative fires by saying he's been approached again.

"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."

MacLean jokes that if the NHL lockout doesn't end sometime soon, he might be looking for a new job.