05/30/2012 07:37 EDT | Updated 07/30/2012 05:12 EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens have appointed former NHL player Scott Mellanby as director of player personnel on Monday, Habs general manager Marc Bergevin announced.

Mellanby, a Montreal native, spent three years in the Vancouver Canucks' organization as a special consultant to general manager Mike Gillis after his 21-year career concluded in 2007.

He then held the position of assisant coach for the St. Louis Blues for the last two seasons.

Mellanby's appointment followed the hiring of Rick Dudley as assistant general manager last week.

“We are extremely happy to have Scott Mellanby joining the Canadiens organization,” said Bergevin. “Scott has an impressive background and a commanding knowledge of the league, having played for 21 seasons in the NHL before holding various management positions over the last four years.

“Scott is known for his character and his leadership, which made him a great team captain during six seasons with the Florida Panthers and the Atlanta Thrashers. He has extensive knowledge of the game, is well respected in the hockey circles and will become an important asset for our organization.”

Mellanby, 45, played for five NHL teams. The veteran suited up for 1,431 games, the third most without winning a Stanley Cup, behind only Phil Housley (1,495) and Mike Gartner(1,432). He also amassed 840 points, including 364 goals.