|Roland Joseph Melanson
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 185 pounds
Born: 6.28.60 Moncton, New Brunswick
|How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from the Los Angeles Kings, 8.10.89
How he left: Traded to the Montreal Canadiens with Kirk Muller for Stephane Richer and Tom
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Rollie the Goalie got his break in during the Islanders' 4-Cup dynasty, and was a journeyman by the time he came to the
Devils. With Sean Burke and Chris Terreri established in New Jersey, the only option was to send him to Utica.
However, he does hold a unique distinction for the Devils. He's the goalie that's played the fewest minutes ever in team
history. (No, don't count Ari Ahonen.) He got to play the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs, replacing Burke.
With the Canadiens, he did play a few games, but a groin injury midseason set him back hard, and didn't play another
NHL game after that.
He finished his playing career while he was with the AHL's St. John Flames. While there, he was also goaltending
coach, and later took the same post with the Moncton team that played in the Q for a couple of years.
He would graduate to the NHL ranks and rejoined the Habs as their goaltending coach, serving from 1997 to 2009. I
remember his firing being a little controversial; it was deemed that he was more buddy-buddy with Carey Price, and his
development was stagnating because of it. Of course, he fired back at those comments.
He also landed on his feet in a new city just fine; he had been Vancouver's goalie coach since 2011. He stepped aside
in 2016, however, to let Dan Cloutier take over, but was still working with them as a consultant.
One of his protégés with the Canucks was Cory Schneider. I wouldn't be surprised if news broke that he put in a
recommendation for Melanson to take over as goaltending coach for the Devils, a move that was just announced
in July, 2017.
|Entry Draft: 1979 Third Round Pick (59th overall) by the
New York Islanders