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Scott Mellanby played for St. Louis between 2001 and 2004. ((Elsa/Getty Images))

Retired NHL player Scott Mellanby has re-joined the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach, the team announced Tuesday.

Mellanby, who turns 44 on June 11, will leave his current job as a pro scout for the Vancouver Canucks in mid-July.

Mellanby appeared in 1,431 NHL games, including 235 for St. Louis between 2001 and 2004. He also played for Philadelphia, Edmonton, Florida and Atlanta before retiring at the end of the 2006-07 season.

'Thrilled to be back' with the Blues

"In my current role with Vancouver I have scouted many Blues games and feel this team, with this talent, is headed in the right direction," Mellanby said in a statement issued by the Blues. "St. Louis is my home and my family and I are thrilled to be back in the Blues organization."

Mellanby will work under Blues head coach Davis Payne, who took over halfway through last season after Andy Murray was fired. St. Louis went 23-15-4 under Payne, but still missed the playoffs by five points a year after earning a surprise post-season berth.

"I'm excited to add a quality person like Scott to our staff, who was highly respected as a player on and off the ice," said Payne. "He has great knowledge of the game and will be a valuable addition to our staff."