Mellanby's talent allowed him to play 20 years in the NHL
Tue, Sep 2nd 2008, 00:00
Scott Mellanby, a right winger played in the NHL from 1986-2007 with Philadelphia, Edmonton, Florida, St. Louis and Atlanta. He was the No. 27th overall choice in the 1984 draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.
"Growing up in Canada and watching hockey as a kid and then getting to play the game I loved for 20 years was a dream come true," Mellanby said.
Mellanby left the game having played the 3rd most NHL games without a Stanley Cup victory, only behind Phil Housley and Mike Gartner. 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.
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.
"Playing in the Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals with Philadelphia and going back to the Stanley Cup Finals again with Florida are experiences I will always remember," Mellanby said.
With St. Louis from 2000-2004, he played 235 games and scored 137 points and collected 337 penalty minutes.
"I loved played in St. Louis," Mellanby said. "My family also really enjoyed being here and that's why we made this our home."
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.
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).
"Getting to a captain in Florida and Atlanta was quite an honor for me," Mellanby said.