Jan. 24, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey program welcomes back Scott Mellanby on Friday and Steve Alley on Saturday to serve as honorary captains for this weekend’s series against Alaska Anchorage, Jan. 25-26.
An Islington, Ontario native, Scott Mellanby was a Badger from 1984–86, before embarking on a 21-year NHL career. That career saw him play in 1,431 games in the NHL, which ranked him 23rd on the NHL all-time list for most games played. Over the span of his career, Mellanby scored 364 goals, recorded 476 assists and tallied 840 points. He also appeared in 136 career playoff games and recorded 53 points (24 goals, 29 assists).
In two seasons at Wisconsin, Mellanby scored 35 goals, and 82 points in 72 games. He joined the Philadelphia Flyers after his sophomore season, the team that drafted him 27th overall in the second round of the 1984 draft.
Mellanby suited up for five NHL franchises (Philadelphia, Edmonton, Florida, St. Louis, Atlanta), playing in two Stanley Cup finals, including one with the Flyers and one with the Florida Panthers. Mellanby scored the Panther’s first goal in 1993, then inadvertently started a craze during the teams’ 1996 Stanley Cup finals run that involved fans tossing plastic rats on the ice every time the Panthers scored a goal. He represented Florida in the NHL All-Star Game that season. From 1997-2001, Mellanby served as team captain for the Panthers, recording 157 goals and a total of 354 points. Mellanby retired as captain of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2007.
He has since spent time on NHL staffs, including as an assistant coach with St. Louis. He cow serves as as Director of Player Personnel for the Montreal Canadiens.
Playing in the final game of his collegiate career, Steve Alley scored the game-winning goal in overtime during the 1977 NCAA Championship Game against Michigan, giving Wisconsin the 6-5 victory, its second NCAA title and enshrining himself in Badger lore.
A 2001 UW Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Alley was one of the first three Badgers to play in the Olympics, skating for Team USA under “Badger Bob” Johnson at the 1976 games. He also skated for the U.S. national team in 1974, ’75 and ’78.
A two-time NCAA champion at Wisconsin (1973, ’77), the Anoka, Minn., native spent two seasons as a tri-captain, including the 1977 NCAA title run. He finished his Badgers’ career with 165 points in 159 career games, which shares 20th on UW’s all-time scoring list. He led the Badgers with 23 goals during the 1974–75 season and tallied nine-game winning goals during UW’s dominant 1976–77 campaign.
A 1973 draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, Alley went on to skate in the NHL, playing parts of the first two NHL seasons for the Hartford Whalers from 1979–81.
The contributions of Alley to Badger hockey continue today, as he served as a key organizer in getting LaBahn Arena built.
Alley is also just one of a number of former Badgers from the 1973 NCAA championship team scheduled to return to Madison this weekend in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the program’s first championship. Names like team captain Tim Dool, tournament MVP Dean Talafous, Olympians John Taft, Bob Lundeen and Alley, plus others, are all expected at the Kohl Center on Friday.
Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) on Friday and 8 p.m. on Saturday, with pregame ceremonies taking place just before the start of each game.