Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Larry Melnyk
Larry Melnyk was a rugged stay-at-home defenceman on four different clubs in the 1980s and '90s. He played his position well in his own zone and moved the puck up to his forwards with a minimum of difficulty.

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Melnyk excelled with the BCJHL's Abbotsford Pilots before joining the WCJHL's New Westminster Bruins in 1977-78. His aggressive play behind his blueline and crisp outlet passes were positive factors in the team's success. In 1979, the young defender was selected to play for Canada at the World Junior Championships.

Chosen 78th overall by the Boston Bruins in 1979, Melnyk split the 1980-81 season between the NHL and the AHL's Springfield Indians. The next year, he played 48 games and helped the team reach the seventh game of the Adams Division finals. In March 1984, he was sent to the Edmonton Oilers for another defenceman, John Blum. He was strictly a role player for the star-studded club but did see action in twelve playoff games when they won the Stanley cup in 1985.

The New York Rangers acquired Melnyk in December 1985 to add more grit to their blueline. He spent nearly two years there before he was sent to the Vancouver Canucks for Michel Petit. Melynk was his usual steady self on the West Coast and was on hand in 1989 when the club came within an overtime goal of upsetting the Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs. He retired after playing 67 games for Vancouver in 1989-90.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Abbotsford Flyers BCJHL 39 10 9 19 100
1977-78 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 44 3 22 25 71
1977-78 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 5 1 3 4 7
1978-79 New Westminster Bruins WHL 71 7 33 40 142 8 1 4 5 14
1978-79 Canada WJC-A 5 1 1 2 2
1979-80 New Westminster Bruins WHL 67 13 38 51 236
1979-80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 6 0 3 3 20
1980-81 Boston Bruins NHL 26 0 4 4 39 -7
1980-81 Springfield Indians AHL 47 1 10 11 109 1 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Boston Bruins NHL 48 0 8 8 84 +3 11 0 3 3 40
1981-82 Erie Blades AHL 10 0 3 3 36
1982-83 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -2 11 0 0 0 9
1982-83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 72 2 24 26 215
1983-84 Hershey Bears AHL 50 0 18 18 156
1983-84 Moncton Alpines AHL 14 0 3 3 17
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 6 0 1 1 0
1984-85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 28 0 11 11 25 +12 12 1 3 4 26
1984-85 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 37 2 10 12 97
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 6 2 3 5 11 +8
1985-86 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 19 2 8 10 72
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 46 1 8 9 65 +2 16 1 2 3 46
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 73 3 12 15 182 -13 6 0 0 0 4
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 14 0 1 1 34 -7
1987-88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 49 2 3 5 73 -12
1988-89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 3 11 14 82 +3 4 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 0 2 2 91 -27
NHL Totals 432 11 63 74 686 66 2 9 11 127


Traded to Edmonton by Boston for John Blum, March 6, 1984. Traded to NY Rangers by Edmonton with Todd Strueby for Mike Rogers, December 20, 1985. Traded to Vancouver by NY Rangers with Willie Huber for Michel Petit, November 4, 1987.
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