ESPN analyst Barry Melrose will be introduced as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s new head coach at a news conference Tuesday.
Melrose has been an ESPN analyst full-time since 1996. He had previously worked as a studio analyst for ESPN’s Emmy Award-winning 1994 Stanley Cup playoff coverage and for ESPN and ESPN2 during the 1995 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Melrose was the head coach of the Los Angeles from 1992-95. In his debut season, his team advanced to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history.
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This move may be somewhat media generated as Melrose is arguably the most well-known hockey personality on television in the United States. While some are skeptical of Melrose’s ability to comeback to coaching after more than a decade away from the game, it is not as if he has never had success before. The slick-haired Saskatchewan native was a successful coach in the CHL and AHL before coming to the NHL and leading the Kings to the Finals.