Scott Edgar Mellanby (born June 11, 1966) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current hockey operations executive with the Montreal Canadiens, serving as an assistant general manager. He primarily played right wing throughout his NHL career, on occasion shifting over to the left side. He is the son of former Hockey Night in Canada producer Ralph Mellanby.
June 11, 1966|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
Philadelphia Flyers |
St. Louis Blues
27th overall, 1984|
Mellanby was selected 27th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Mellanby went to the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he played for two seasons. While there, he also competed with Canada's National Hockey Team. He finished his collegiate career with 35 goals and 82 points in 72 games.
After his second season in the WCHA was finished, he promptly played his first two NHL games. He made his NHL debut on March 22, 1986 against the New York Rangers. In 1989, Mellanby suffered a serious injury in a barroom brawl when he tried to help a friend and he wound up getting a severe cut from a broken beer bottle on his left arm. The cut sliced four tendons, a nerve and an artery in the arm.
Mellanby would play for Philadelphia until the summer of 1991, when he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in a 6-player deal that included Jari Kurri going to Philadelphia (though Kurri was traded to the Los Angeles Kings the same day).
Mellanby was left unprotected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft, allowing him to be claimed by the new Florida Panthers. This was the team where Mellanby would have his best years. In fact he became a fan favorite in Florida when he killed a rat with his hockey stick in the team dressing room, spawning the "rat trick" craze, where fans would litter the ice with thousands of plastic rats after each Panthers goal. He also scored the Panthers' first ever goal in franchise history on October 9, 1993 and played in the 1996 All-Star game.
Mellanby was traded to the St. Louis Blues in February 2001, and the move revitalized his career. He scored 57 points during the 2002–03 season, his highest total since 1996. Mellanby then signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 2004 and he re-signed with Atlanta for the 2006–07 season. On November 23, 2006, he was suspended one game for a fight between the Thrashers and the Washington Capitals.
Mellanby announced his retirement on 24 April 2007, becoming the first player to retire as a Thrashers captain (the four previous Thrashers captains, were either traded or signed elsewhere via free-agency). Mellanby left the game having played the 3rd most NHL games (1431) without a Stanley Cup victory, only behind Phil Housley (1495) and Mike Gartner (1432). The closest Mellanby came to the cup was when his Philadelphia Flyers lost to Edmonton in the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals, 4 games to 3.
Following retirement, Mellanby worked for three years in the Vancouver Canucks organization as a special consultant to general manager Mike Gillis and the hockey operations department. Mellanby then spent two years as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues before stepping down following the 2011-12 season to pursue other opportunities in hockey.
Mellanby and his wife, Susan have a daughter, Courtney, and two sons Carter and Nicholas. Mellanby also is involved in many autism-related causes as his son Carter is autistic. Along with fellow NHLers Olaf Kolzig and Byron Dafoe, Mellanby is a founder of Athletes Against Autism.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1982–83||Don Mills Flyers AAA||MTHL||72||66||52||118||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|1983–84||Henry Carr Crusaders||MetJHL||39||37||37||74||97||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||St. Louis Blues||NHL||23||7||1||8||25||15||3||3||6||17|
|2001–02||St. Louis Blues||NHL||64||15||26||41||93||10||7||3||10||18|
|2002–03||St. Louis Blues||NHL||80||26||31||57||176||6||0||1||1||10|
|2003–04||St. Louis Blues||NHL||68||14||17||31||76||4||0||1||1||2|
|World Junior Championships|
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
- "Flyers go for youth bulk in NHL draft". Doylestown Intelligencer. Pennsylvania. June 10, 1984.
- "Mellanby and Posa face heavy duty schedule". Madison Capital Times. Wisconsin. January 4, 1985.
- "Canada raids colleges for Olympic skaters". Madison Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin. February 17, 1985.
- "Scott Mellanby, Steve Alley return as honorary captains". uwbadgers.com. January 24, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
- "Scott Mellanby". nhl.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
- "Hockey". Winchester Star. Virginia. August 24, 1989. p. 30.
- "Sports etc". Santa Ana Orange County Register. California. May 31, 1991. p. 70.
- Biggane, Brian (December 6, 2018). "Tales from the Press Box: Looking Back at the Rat Craze". nhl.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
- "Thrashers captain Mellanby retires". espn.com. April 24, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
- "NHL suspends three, fines Caps, Thrashers coaches". espn.com. November 23, 2006. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
- "Former NHL'er Mellanby Joins Canucks Front Office". tsn.ca. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-14.
- "Mellanby hired as Blues assistant coach". St. Louis Blues. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
- "Mellanby joins Habs as director of player personnel". NHL.com. 2012-05-28. Retrieved 2012-05-28.
- "Habs, Subban submit salary figures $3M apart". montrealgazette.com. 2014-07-30. Archived from the original on 2014-08-02. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
- "Banding together for a cause". NHL.com. August 28, 2008. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
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| Florida Panthers captain
| Atlanta Thrashers captain