Barry Melrose


Barry Melrose Trivia


  • Trivia

    • On Barry being a better dresser than him, Charles Barkley says, "I like Barry, but he's wearing double-breasted suits. That is so last millennium."

    • On Barry, NHL star Mark Messier says, "Well, I think Barry has become pretty synonymous with hockey throughout the United States, being an analyst for ESPN for a long time. There's certainly a lot of people who know who Barry Melrose is."

    • On former Los Angeles player Marc Potvin, Barry says, "Marc Potvin was one of my best friends in the world. I loved his heart, his courage, his loyalty and I loved his sense of humor."

    • On NHL star Brett Hull, Barry says, "I still think that nobody gets into position quicker than Brett Hull, not a guy that's played. That's very hard to defend against. You don't have time to get in the lane to block the shot. His release and his shot were just phenomenal."

    • On the new NHL rules, Barry says, "We just have to show the great players skating in the open ice. The NHL has done a good job with the rule changes. There is a lot of excitement."

    • Barry says, "I enjoy the kids and the atmosphere in the buildings... It's a pure form of hockey, and kids are playing it for the right reasons."

    • Barry says, "ESPN is committed to covering the NHL... and I'm thrilled to be part of it and to remain with ESPN, the greatest sports company in the world."

    • Barry fell out of favor with Los Angeles Kings star Wayne Gretzky, and he was eventually fired at Gretzky's request.

    • Barry began his hockey career as a defenseman in the WCHL with the Kamloops Chiefs in 1974.

    • Barry currently works as an analyst for ESPN.

    • Barry currently resides in Queensbury, New York.

    • Barry is a part owner of the Adirondack Frostbite (formerly the Adirondack Icehawks) of the UHL.

    • Barry was drafted in the second round, #36 overall, by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1976 NHL Entry Draft.

    • Barry is famous for his "mullet" hairstyle. Surprisingly, many women actually find it attractive.

    • Barry took the Los Angeles Kings to the playoffs in his first season as head coach, in the 1992-93 season.

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