Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/27/05 at 12:59 PM ET
Mellanby reminisced about his first game, which really occurred on March 22, 1986 with the Flyers. He was 19-years-old, awaiting his first shift. Coach Mike Keenan did not like the way he was holding his stick while sitting on the bench. "He told me to turn my stick around," Mellanby said, walking across the locker room to grab a twig for the purpose of demonstration. "I'd been holding it this way (blade up) my whole life, so I switched it back by mistake and he came down the bench and kicked me. "Holding it this way (blade up) told him you weren't ready to play." Mellanby was asked if he'd ever heard that before. "No. And I've never heard it since, except from him."
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