Analyst, NHL Network
Barry Melrose serves as an NHL Network analyst at marquee League events, including the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Game, Stanley Cup Final, NHL Awards Show and the NHL Draft. In addition to his work on NHL Network, Melrose provides a weekly blog for NHL.com. He also continues to work at ESPN, where he's been the network's signature hockey voice for the last 18 years.
Melrose, renowned for his entertaining, passionate and provocative commentary, began his broadcasting career in 1994 when he served as studio analyst for ESPN's coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Later, Melrose served as a game analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports' NHL telecasts.
Prior to his career in broadcasting, Melrose coached the Los Angeles Kings from 1992-95. In his rookie season as an NHL coach, the Wayne Gretzky-led team advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993 for the first and only time in franchise history. He then briefly returned behind the bench as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning for 16 games during the 2008-09 season. Before his coaching debut in the NHL, Melrose led the Medicine Hat Tigers to a Memorial Cup Title with a 44-22-6 record in the 1987-88 WHL season. He then moved on to coach the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds and later spent three seasons as coach of the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings, leading the team to a Calder Cup in the 1991-92 season.
Melrose played in the NHL for 300 games over 11 seasons as a defenseman for the Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings. Before that, he spent 178 games playing in the WHA for the Cincinnati Stingers.