Barry Melrose Speaker Profile
Barry Melrose Biography
Barry Melrose, born July 15, 1956 in Kelvington, Saskatchewanis is a former head coach in the National Hockey League, as well as a former commentator and hockey analyst for ESPN.
During his NHL playing career, he played 300 games, scoring 10 goals, with 23 assists and 728 penalty minutes. He also played in 7 playoff games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, assisting on 2 goals and receiving 38 penalty minutes.
Upon retirement, Melrose immediately began coaching. He coached the 19871988 season with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL, leading them to a 44226 record and a Memorial Cup title.
He coached the next season with the Seattle Thunderbirds before jumping to the AHL and coaching the Adirondack Red Wings. He spent three years with the Red Wings, leading them to a Calder Cup win in the 19911992 season.
Beginning with the 1992-1993 season, Melrose coached the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, leading them to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, which they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in five games. He continued coaching the Kings for two more seasons, finishing both years out of the playoffs and with losing records. He then spent 13 years as a hockey and drum and bugle corps analyst with ESPN.
Melrose currently resides in Glens Falls, New York. He is the cousin of former NHL players Wendel Clark and Joe Kocur.
He has had several minor television and movie roles. Melrose guest starred in a season 5 episode of Spin City, titled Hey Judith. He appeared in the second Slapshot movie, Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice, as well as the movie Mystery, Alaska with Russell Crowe.
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