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Scott Mellanby

Born:June 11, 1966Draft:1984 Flyers #27 Overall
Hometown:Montreal, QuebecPosition:Right Wing
Known For:“The Rat Trick”Shoots:Right
National Team:CanadaCurrent Team:Retired

Scott Edgar Mellanby (born June 11, 1966) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, coach, and executive. He primarily played right wing throughout his NHL career, on occasion shifting over to the left side. He is the son of former Hockey Night in Canada producer Ralph Mellanby.

In the locker room before the Florida Panthers home opener on Oct. 8, 1995, Mellanby killed a rat with his hockey stick. He used the same stick to score a pair of goals against the Calgary Flames. Panthers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck dubbed Mellanby’s performance as “The Rat Trick.” Starting the next home game, Panthers fans began throwing plastic rats onto the ice, and a tradition was born.

Scott Mellanby Florida Panthers
Scott Mellanby, Florida Panthers (Rick Stewart /Allsport)

Scott Mellanby Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
May 30, 1991Philadelphia FlyersCraig Berube
Craig Fisher
Edmonton OilersDave Brown
Corey Foster
Jari Kurri
February 9, 2001Florida PanthersSt. Louis BluesFifth-Round Pick
(Vince Bellissimo)
Dave Morisset

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Staff History


  • IIHF U20 World Juniors Silver Medal (1986)
  • NHL Record For Power Play Goals in a Game (4 in 2003; tied with 7 others)
  • Panthers Record For Assists In a Game (4; tied with Ray Whitney)