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Blues hire Mellanby, sign Lehtera

Tuesday, 06.01.2010 / 10:06 AM / News

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Blues hire Mellanby, sign Lehtera
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced the hiring of Scott Mellanby as an assistant coach and the signing of prospect Jori Lehtera Tuesday.

Mellanby becomes part of the staff of head coach Davis Payne. He is currently a pro scout with Vancouver and will serve in that role until July 15th.

"In my current role with Vancouver I have scouted many Blues games and feel this team, with this talent, is headed in the right direction," Mellanby said. "St. Louis is my home and my family and I are thrilled to be back in the Blues organization."

"I'm excited to add a quality person like Scott to our staff, who was highly respected as a player on and off the ice," Payne said. "He has great knowledge of the game and will be a valuable addition to our staff."

Mellanby, 43, played in 1,431 NHL games from 1985 through 2007, including 235 for the Blues from 2001-04. He also played for Philadelphia, Edmonton, Florida and Atlanta.

Lehtera signed an entry-level contract. The Blues selected him with their third pick, No. 65, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

"Jori had an excellent year this past season as he led the entire Finish League in points," Davidson said. "Our scouts are very high on him and expect him to be a solid NHL player in the future."

Lehtera, 22, led the Finish SM-Liiga with 69 points (19 goals, 50 assists) in 57 games for Tappara Tampere this past season. In three seasons with the club, he recorded 158 points (41 goals, 117 assists) in 169 games.
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