Former Cats Captain & Original Panther Scott Mellanby Announces Retirement
/ Florida Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. – Former Florida Panthers captain and original Panther Scott Mellanby announced today that he has officially retired from the National Hockey League.
Mellanby, 40, has enjoyed an illustrious NHL career, registering 840 points (364 goals, 476 assists), along with 2,479 penalty minutes in 1,431 career games over 21 seasons with the Flyers, Oilers, Panthers, Blues and Thrashers. He finishes his career tied for 17th on the NHL all-time games played list. Mellanby tallied 53 points (24 goals, 29 assists) in 136 playoff games and appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals with Philadelphia in 1987, and Florida in 1996. Mellanby was selected by the Panthers with the eighth overall choice in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft. He played for Florida for eight seasons (1993-2001), helping the Cats advance to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals. He stands as the franchise’s all-time leader in career scoring with 354 points in 552 games played.
“I’ve been fortunate to live my dream for the past 21 years, and it’s with a heavy heart that I’m retiring from the National Hockey League,” said Mellanby. “I’d like to thank all of my great teammates, the fans who have supported me, and all the wonderful people I have met along the way.”