Dean Melanson

Dean Clement Melanson (born November 19, 1973) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman.

Dean Melanson
Born (1973-11-19) November 19, 1973 (age 46)
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 80th overall, 1992
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1993–2008


Melanson was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. As a youth, he played in the 1985 and 1986 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with a minor ice hockey team from Antigonish.[1]

Melanson was drafted in the fourth round, 80th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.[citation needed] Melanson appeared in only nine games in the NHL: five with the Sabres in the 1994–95 season and four with the Washington Capitals in the 2001–02 season.[citation needed] In his brief NHL career, Melanson went scoreless and recorded eight penalty minutes.[citation needed]

The majority of his professional career was spent in the American Hockey League, where he won the Calder Cup in 1996 with the Rochester Americans. He also suited up for teams in the International Hockey League, Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey and the United Hockey League. He also had a spell in Italy for the Milano Vipers. Melanson ended his professional career after playing 11 games with British Elite Ice Hockey League team the Basingstoke Bison in the 2007–08 season.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-21.

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