Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Scott Mellanby
A combative right-winger with an above average scoring touch, Scott Mellanby entered his 19th NHL season in 2002-03. Over the years, he reached the 20-goal mark eight times and was valuable team leader who often played his best hockey in the post-season. He came by his love of the game honestly as his father, Ralph, was the executive producer of "Hockey Night In Canada" for 19 years.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Mellanby starred in Toronto with the Don Mills Flyers and Henry Carr Crusaders. After being chosen 27th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, he joined the University of Wisconsin for two seasons. Following the 1985-86 college season, the young winger turned pro and played two games with the Flyers at the end of the season.

The hard-working youngster scored eleven goals and played solid defensive hockey under Mike Keenan in 1986-87. He also contributed ten points when the club reached the Stanley Cup finals that spring. Mellanby's scoring touch and diligent effort all over the ice made him one of the Philly's top players. In August 1989, he suffered a major setback when he suffered severe nerve and tendon damage to his forearm while coming to the aid of a friend in a barroom incident. He recovered to play two-thirds of the 1989-90 season but was not the same player.

On May 30, 1991, Mellanby was involved in a multi-player deal with the Edmonton Oilers that saw veteran Jari Kurri end up in Philadelphia. The robust forward scored 82 points over two years with the Oilers and helped Edmonton reach the semi-finals in 1992. After the Florida Panthers claimed him at the 1993 Expansion Draft, Mellanby became a regular with the club for seven and a half years.

Mellanby scored 30 goals for the Panthers in 1993-94 and helped them set a new NHL record for an expansion club with 83 points. Two years later, he was an offensive and emotional leader on the young club when it marched all the way to the Stanley Cup final. During this time, he inspired the fans' tossing of toy rats on to the ice after he killed a stray rodent with his stick in the club's dressing room. As the team struggled in the late 1990s, the classy veteran continued to battle. In February 2001, the powerful St. Louis Blues acquired him as they readied themselves for the playoffs. Mellanby scored three goals while helping the club reach the Western Conference championship.

Injuries plagued Mellanby's 2001-02 season, limiting him to 64 games. In 2002-03 he returned to form scoring 26 goals and 57 points while racking up 176 minutes in penalties before signing as a free-agent with the upstart Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 2004.

As a member of the Thrashers, Mellanby would be named Captain in only his second season with the club. That season he would help the Thrashers reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, only to be swept in four games by the New York Rangers.

Following post-season elimination Mellanby officially retird from the game on after 1,431 regular-season games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Don Mills Flyers MTHL 72 66 52 118 38
1983-84 Henry Carr Crusaders ON-Jr.B 39 37 37 74 97
1984-85 University of Wisconsin WCHA 40 14 24 38 60
1985-86 University of Wisconsin WCHA 32 21 23 44 89
1985-86 Canada WJC-A 7 5 4 9 6
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 11 21 32 94 +8 24 5 5 10 46
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 25 26 51 185 -7 7 0 1 1 16
1988-89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 21 29 50 183 -13 19 4 5 9 28
1989-90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 57 6 17 23 77 -4
1990-91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 20 21 41 155 +8
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 23 27 50 197 +5 16 2 1 3 29
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 15 17 32 147 -4
1993-94 Florida Panthers NHL 80 30 30 60 149 0
1994-95 Florida Panthers NHL 48 13 12 25 90 -16
1995-96 Florida Panthers NHL 79 32 38 70 160 +4 22 3 6 9 44
1996-97 Florida Panthers NHL 82 27 29 56 170 +7 5 0 2 2 4
1997-98 Florida Panthers NHL 79 15 24 39 127 -14
1998-99 Florida Panthers NHL 67 18 27 45 85 +5
1999-00 Florida Panthers NHL 77 18 28 46 126 +14 4 0 1 1 2
2000-01 Florida Panthers NHL 40 4 9 13 46 -13
2000-01 St. Louis Blues NHL 23 7 1 8 25 0 15 3 3 6 17
2001-02 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 15 26 41 93 -5 10 7 3 10 18
2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 26 31 57 176 +1 6 0 1 1 10
2003-04 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 14 17 31 76 -7 4 0 1 1 2
2004-05
2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 71 12 22 34 55 +5
2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 69 12 24 36 63 -9 4 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 1431 364 476 840 2479 136 24 29 53 220


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1996) Traded to Edmonton by Philadelphia with Craig Fisher and Craig Berube for Dave Brown, Corey Foster and Jari Kurri, May 30, 1991. Claimed by Florida from Edmonton in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Traded to St. Louis by Florida for the rights to Dave Morisset and St. Louis' 5th round choice (Vince Bellissimo) in 2002 Entry Draft, February 9, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 26, 2004.