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BARRY MELROSE
KINGS HEAD COACH 1992-95

All-Time Kings Coaches | Current Kings Coaches

Barry Melrose spent three seasons as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 1992-95, ranking sixth in games with 209 while posting a 79-101-29 record, leading the Kings to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 1993.

A winner at every level he has coached, Melrose began his coaching career in 1987 when he led the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers to a 44-22-6 record and the Memorial Cup title.

In his first year in the National Hockey League, his 1992-93 Los Angeles Kings advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Campbell Conference title.

Melrose became the Kings’ 17th coach in franchise history on June 25, 1992, replacing Tom Webster. He compiled a 39-35-10 regular-season record in his initial NHL campaign for third place in the Smythe Division. The Kings started the 1992-93 with an impressive 20-8-3 in the first 31 games, but the real magic started in the playoffs.

Underdogs in every round, the Kings defied their opponents’ home-ice advantage in the first three rounds, defeating Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto on the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings lost to Montreal, four games to one (three in overtime), in the cup finals.

During Melrose’s second NHL campaign in 1993-94, the Kings compiled a 27-45-12 record for fifth place in the Pacific Division. Melrose was fired on April 19, 1995, 41 games into the 1994-95 season. At the time he was fired, Melrose had posted a 13-21-7 mark.

Known for his no-nonsense approach and ability to develop young players, he also coached the Seattle Thunderbirds for the 1988-89 season and the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League for three seasons (1989-92). Melrose guided the Red Wings to the Calder Cup championship in 1992. He also served as the team’s general manager during his final two seasons.

During his 11 years as a player, Melrose played 300 career games as a defenseman in the NHL with Winnipeg, Toronto and Detroit (1979-86), recording 10 goals, 23 assists and 728 penalty minutes. He skated in seven Stanley Cup playoff games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, assisting on two goals and recording 38 penalty minutes. He also played three seasons with Cincinnati in the WHA (1976-79).

Following his time with the Kings, Melrose served as NHL studio analyst for ESPN and ESPN2. Melrose appeared regularly on ESPN2’s NHL 2Night, the network’s NHL news and highlights program. He also provided reports for SportsCenter, appeared on ESPN Radio and was a regular contributor to ESPN The Magazine. From 1996 to 2002, Melrose also called regular-season and playoff games for ESPN and ABC Sports (2000-02). From 2003 to 2004, he provided studio analysis for ABC Sports’ NHL telecasts.

Melrose joined the Tampa Bay Lightning as head coach for the 2008-09 season and was fired after posting a 5-7-4 mark in 16 games. Melrose returned to ESPN on Jan. 1, 2009.

REGULAR SEASON POSTSEASON
YEARS
G
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
PCT
GP
W
L
1992-93
84
39
35
10
-
88
.524
24
13
11
1993-94
84
27
45
12
-
66
.393
-
-
-
1994-95
41
13
21
7
-
33
.375
-
-
-
TOTALS
209
79
101
29
-
187
.447
24
13
11