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Tv Talk Schmoozing with Barry at hockey's Melrose Place

April 08, 2002
April 08, 2002

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April 8, 2002

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Tv Talk Schmoozing with Barry at hockey's Melrose Place

ESPN analyst Barry Melrose is one of hockey's most recognizable
figures. We recently caught up to the 45-year-old former Los
Angeles Kings coach and defenseman with three NHL teams to talk
pucks and get some yuks.

This is an article from the April 8, 2002 issue Original Layout

SI: If you need someone to take a penalty shot and your choices
are ESPN's John Buccigross and John Saunders, whom would you
choose?

Melrose: Might as well submit to the loss and take away a little
dignity.

SI: Do you miss the glowing puck on Fox?

Melrose: Fox tried to be innovative and I like that, but the
glowing puck was an embarrassment.

SI: If you had to spend eternity with Don Cherry or Dick Vitale,
who would get the nod?

Melrose: Oh, man. I might have to go to the other place.

SI: You had a 79-101-29 career NHL coaching record. What would
Barry Melrose the commentator say about Barry Melrose the coach?

Melrose: That he was fired too early in his career.

SI: Who would win a slugfest between you and analyst Bill
Clement?

Melrose: Me. It would be the quickest fight in the history of
hockey.

SI: Like Bobby Orr, you were an NHL defenseman. Is there anything
else you had in common with him?

Melrose: Nothing. He was fast. I was slow. He could carry the
puck. I couldn't. He was great. I was terrible.

SI: Who's got better hair: Rece Davis, Dan Patrick or you?

Melrose: Dan's hair is for the older crew--he's big with the
45-to-70 crowd. Rece is somewhere in between, so I'll have to say
me.

SI: Have you seen all the Mighty Ducks movies?

Melrose: Unfortunately.

SI: If you laced 'em up right now, could you beat [ESPN analyst
and former NHL goalie] Darren Pang on a breakaway?

Melrose: I could do that without skates.

SI: In 300 NHL games you averaged .03 goals and 2.4 penalty
minutes per match. What does that say?

Melrose: I guess you can tell why I was out there.

SI: You were born in Canada but became a U.S. citizen in 1998.
Did you fare well on the citizenship test?

Melrose: They said I was in the top five percent of anyone who
took the test.

SI: O.K., who was the fourth president of the U.S.?

Melrose: The fourth would be Adams.

SI: Which Adams?

Melrose: Oh, you bastard! How about Samuel Adams?

SI: Gotcha. It's Madison. --R.D.

COLOR PHOTO: RICH ARDEN/ESPN Hockey maven Barry Melrose