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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.

Scott Mellanby
Scott Mellanby.jpg
Born (1966-06-11) June 11, 1966 (age 53)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Edmonton Oilers
Florida Panthers
St. Louis Blues
Atlanta Thrashers
NHL Draft 27th overall, 1984
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1986–2007

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

As a youth, Mellanby played in the 1979 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Mississauga.[1]

CollegiateEdit

Mellanby was selected 27th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.[2] 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.[3][4] He finished his collegiate career with 35 goals and 82 points in 72 games.[5]


ProfessionalEdit

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.[6] 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.[7]

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).[8]

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.[9] He also scored the Panthers' first ever goal in franchise history on October 9, 1993 and played in the 1996 All-Star game.[10]

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.[11]

RetirementEdit

Mellanby announced his retirement on 24 April 2007,[10] 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.[12] 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.[13]

On May 28, 2012, Mellanby was hired by the Montreal Canadiens as Director of Player Personnel[14] and became an assistant GM on July 30, 2014.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[16]

RecordsEdit

  • Most assists in a game by a Florida Panther, (4 – shared with Ray Whitney)
  • Most power play goals in a game, (4)[17]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 Don Mills Flyers AAA MTHL 72 66 52 118 38
1983–84 Henry Carr Crusaders MetJHL 39 37 37 74 97
1984–85 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 40 14 24 38 60
1985–86 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 32 21 23 44 89
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1986–87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 11 21 32 94 24 5 5 10 46
1987–88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 25 26 51 185 7 0 1 1 16
1988–89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 21 29 50 183 19 4 5 9 28
1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 57 6 17 23 77
1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 20 21 41 155
1991–92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 23 27 50 197 16 2 1 3 29
1992–93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 15 17 32 147
1993–94 Florida Panthers NHL 80 30 30 60 149
1994–95 Florida Panthers NHL 48 13 12 25 90
1995–96 Florida Panthers NHL 79 32 38 70 160 22 3 6 9 44
1996–97 Florida Panthers NHL 82 27 29 56 170 5 0 2 2 4
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 79 15 24 39 127
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 67 18 27 45 85
1999–00 Florida Panthers NHL 77 18 28 46 126 4 0 1 1 2
2000–01 Florida Panthers NHL 40 4 9 13 46
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
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 71 12 22 34 55
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 69 12 24 36 63 4 0 0 0 4
NHL totals 1431 364 476 840 2479 126 24 29 53 220
Medal record
Representing   Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  1986 Hamilton

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1986 Canada WJC   7 5 4 9 6
Junior totals 7 5 4 9 6

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  2. ^ "Flyers go for youth bulk in NHL draft". Doylestown Intelligencer. Pennsylvania. June 10, 1984. 
  3. ^ "Mellanby and Posa face heavy duty schedule". Madison Capital Times. Wisconsin. January 4, 1985. 
  4. ^ "Canada raids colleges for Olympic skaters". Madison Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin. February 17, 1985. 
  5. ^ "Scott Mellanby, Steve Alley return as honorary captains". uwbadgers.com. January 24, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "Scott Mellanby". nhl.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Hockey". Winchester Star. Virginia. August 24, 1989. p. 30. 
  8. ^ "Sports etc". Santa Ana Orange County Register. California. May 31, 1991. p. 70. 
  9. ^ Biggane, Brian (December 6, 2018). "Tales from the Press Box: Looking Back at the Rat Craze". nhl.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Thrashers captain Mellanby retires". espn.com. April 24, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "NHL suspends three, fines Caps, Thrashers coaches". espn.com. November 23, 2006. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "Former NHL'er Mellanby Joins Canucks Front Office". tsn.ca. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-14.
  13. ^ "Mellanby hired as Blues assistant coach". St. Louis Blues. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  14. ^ "Mellanby joins Habs as director of player personnel". NHL.com. 2012-05-28. Retrieved 2012-05-28.
  15. ^ "Habs, Subban submit salary figures $3M apart". montrealgazette.com. 2014-07-30. Archived from the original on 2014-08-02. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  16. ^ "Banding together for a cause". NHL.com. August 28, 2008. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  17. ^ http://articles.philly.com/2003-03-07/sports/25472591_1_hat-trick-scott-mellanby-overtime

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brian Skrudland
Florida Panthers captain
19972001
Succeeded by
Pavel Bure
Paul Laus
Preceded by
Shawn McEachern
Atlanta Thrashers captain
200507
Succeeded by
Bobby Holik