Mellanby was a gritty NHL player
Tue, Sep 2nd 2008, 00:00
Scott Mellanby played in 1,431 games in the NHL. He was a key member of the Florida Panthers team that made it to the Stanley Cup finals in 1996 losing to the Colorado Avalanche. Mellanby also was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers team that lost to Edmonton in the 1987 Stanley Cup finals in seven games.
With St. Louis from 2000-2004, he played 235 games and scored 137 points and collected 337 penalty minutes.
"Playing in the Stanley Cup Finals with Florida back in 1996 was very memorable," Mellanby said. "Then, I also got to play in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals with Philaedlphia against Edmonton. We lost both times in the finals to Colorado and Edmonton, but those are times I will never forget."
Mellanby, a right winger, was the No. 27 overall selection by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played in the NHL from 1986-2007.
"Growing up in Canada, it's every kids dream to get to play in the NHL," Mellanby said. "I really didn't think about playing in the NHL until I was older. I was a late bloomer (hockey-wise), I started to really improve my game from the ages of 16-18. I definitely young phenom, but I it was a dream come true when I got to play in the NHL."
Mellanby credited his work ethic for his NHL success.
"I think my hard work and dedication was the key for me," Mellanby said. "Plus, when I first got in the NHL with Philadelphia, the Flyers were cutting edge in terms of the fitness programs they had in place. I started with that type of fitness program and I just kept it going."