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1968-69 OPC Gerry Melnyk St. Louis Blues Autographed Card Deceased
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1968-69 OPC Gerry Melnyk St. Louis Blues Autographed Card Deceased
Lot #564

Melnyk played for the Edmonton Flyers in the WHL before joining the Red Wings for the playoffs in 1955-56. It was 3 seasons before Melnyk saw NHL action again, playing full seasons with the Red Wings in 1959-60 and 1960-61. Gerry then played for the Chicago Blackhawks, playing in 70 contests during the 1961-62 season. Melnyk didn’t see any NHL action again until the playoffs with the Blackhawks in 1964-65, playing in 6 games. He completed his career with the St. Louis Blues, playing a full slate of games in their inaugural season of 1967-68, scoring 50 points and helping them reach the Stanley Cup Finals. Melnyk was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers after the 1967-68 season, but retired before the season began.

Following his playing days, Melnyk became a scout for the Flyers. He is most recognized as being the scout who successfully lobbied for the selection of an undersized diabetic, Bobby Clarke, at the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft. That decision helped lead the way for the Flyers Stanley Cup Championships in 1973-74 and 1974-75. Melnyk died on June 14, 2001 at the age of 66.

Our consignor went to a hockey game every night and had all autographs signed personally. The card and signature is beautiful.