Barry James Melrose (born July 15, 1956) is a Canadian–American broadcaster and former professional ice hockey player and head coach. Melrose played in the World Hockey Association (WHA) and National Hockey League (NHL). After retiring from playing, he became a head coach and is best known for being the coach of the Los Angeles Kings in their run to the 1993 Stanley Cup Final. He is a long-time commentator and hockey analyst for ESPN and contributor for the NHL Network.
Barry Melrose pictured at the 2010 Stanley Cup Final
July 15, 1956|
Kelvington, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
36th overall, 1976|
37th overall, 1976|
Melrose began his hockey career as a defenceman in the WCHL with the Kamloops Chiefs in 1974, where he stayed for two years. He started the 1976–77 season with the Springfield Indians of the AHL, before moving mid-season to the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA, where he stayed until 1979.
For the remainder of his playing career, Melrose split time between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings, as well as their assorted AHL affiliates. Melrose spent his final season playing with the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL during the 1986–87 season.
During his NHL playing career, he played 300 games, scoring 10 goals, with 23 assists and 728 penalty minutes. He also played in 7 playoff games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, assisting on 2 goals and receiving 38 penalty minutes.
He coached the next season with the Seattle Thunderbirds before jumping to the AHL and coaching the Adirondack Red Wings. He spent three years with the Red Wings, leading them to a Calder Cup win in the 1991–92 season.
Beginning with the 1992–93 season, Melrose coached the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, leading them to the 1993 Stanley Cup Final, which they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in five games. He continued coaching the Kings for two more seasons, finishing both years out of the playoffs and with losing records. He then spent 13 years as a hockey analyst with ESPN. (NHL Tonight/DCI Tonight) On June 4, 2008 Melrose stated on Pardon the Interruption that he missed coaching and would entertain any NHL coaching offers. He stated, "I miss not having a dog in the fight."
The Tampa Bay Lightning hired Melrose as their head coach in June 2008. On October 21, 2008, Melrose recorded his first win as a head coach in over 13 years in a 3–2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers. On November 14, 2008, Melrose was fired by the Lightning with a 5–7–4 record.
Melrose joined ESPN in 1996 as a commentator and NHL analyst. He left ESPN in June 2008 to coach the Tampa Bay Lightning. After his short stint with the Lightning ended, he returned to ESPN on January 1, 2009 in conjunction with the Winter Classic played between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.
Born in Kelvington, Saskatchewan to Norrie and James Melrose, he grew up on a farm outside the town. He is the cousin of former NHL players Wendel Clark and Joe Kocur and longtime minor league forward Kerry Clark. Melrose currently resides in Glens Falls, New York with his wife, Cindy, and the couple have two sons, Tyrell and Adrien. Melrose became an American citizen in March 1998.
He has had several minor television and movie roles. Melrose guest starred in a season 5 episode of Spin City, titled "Hey Judith". He appeared in the second Slapshot movie, Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice, as well as the movie Mystery, Alaska with Russell Crowe. During his tenure as the Kings head coach, Melrose was featured in a series of Tony Robbins infomercials.
|1973–74||Weyburn Red Wings||SJHL||50||2||19||21||162||—||—||—||—||—|
|1980–81||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||57||2||5||7||166||3||0||1||1||15|
|1981–82||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||64||1||5||6||186||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||52||2||5||7||68||4||0||1||1||23|
|1982–83||St. Catharines Saints||AHL||25||1||10||11||106||—||—||—||—||—|
|1983–84||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||21||0||1||1||74||—||—||—||—||—|
|1983–84||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||16||2||1||3||37||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||72||3||13||16||226||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||14||0||0||0||70||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||57||4||4||8||204||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||55||4||9||13||170||11||1||2||3||107|
|LAK||1992–93||84||39||35||10||—||88||3rd in Smythe||Lost in Stanley Cup Finals|
|LAK||1993–94||84||27||45||12||—||66||5th in Pacific||Missed playoffs|
|Total||225||84||108||29||4||1 playoff appearance|
- Barry Melrose « ESPN MediaZone ESPN MediaZone
- Chat: Chat with Barry Melrose - SportsNation - ESPN
- "Lightning hire Melrose as new head coach". ESPN. June 23, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- "Tocchet to take over as interim coach after Melrose gets fired". ESPN. November 15, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- "Barry Melrose Joins NHL Network But Isn't Leaving ESPN". SB Nation. September 26, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Pens Universe: 5 Questions with Barry Melrose
| Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
| Head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning