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Barry Melrose, a highly respected figure in hockey, brings his extensive experience and expertise to NHL Network as an analyst on various studio programs, including the network’s flagship show, NHL Tonight.
Having been drafted 36th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1976, Melrose enjoyed a six-year career as an NHL player, representing the Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Detroit Red Wings. He also played for the Springfield Indians in the AHL, Cincinnati Stingers in the World Hockey Association, and Adirondack Red Wings in the AHL.
In June 2008, Melrose made a return to coaching as he was appointed the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, marking his first coaching position since leading the Los Angeles Kings 13 years earlier. Notably, in his debut season with the Kings, Melrose guided the team to the 1993 Stanley Cup Final, leaving a significant mark in franchise history.
Alongside his NHL coaching roles, Melrose also served as a coach for the Medicine Hat Tigers and Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League, as well as the Adirondack Red Wings in the AHL. During his time with Adirondack, he led the Red Wings to win the 1991 Calder Cup and served as the general manager in his final two seasons as head coach (1990-1992).
Beyond his contributions to NHL Network, Melrose holds a position as a hockey analyst at ESPN, where he has covered an impressive 23 Stanley Cup Finals since joining the network in 1994. Additionally, he has made on-screen appearances as himself in popular hockey movies, including “Slapshot 2” and “Mystery, Alaska.”
Barry Melrose’s vast knowledge and captivating presence continue to make him a prominent figure in the world of hockey analysis and broadcasting.