Gone too Soon – Todd Melton 99

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Published on March 26, 2012 with 7 Comments

With a heavy heart the AIHL mourns the death of Todd Melton, former coach of the Philadelphia Brawlers. Todd was the owner/operator of The Coliseum Roller Hockey Rink / Berlin Hockey World located in Voorhees, NJ. Melton was also the President of AIRHS (American Inline Roller Hockey Series) a major player in the tournament scene during the 90′s. However, Melton was probably best known as founder and coach to the 99ers youth travel program. The 99ers were a model of roller hockey perfection for the better part of a decade, in which Melton crafted and pressed out one amazing player and team after another. The organization was named after Wayne Gretzky, a fact that became obvious to anyone who spoke to him for more than a few minutes, in which his deep love for Gretzky was bound to come out in conversation.

Many would consider Melton one of the modern game’s innovators and easily one of the best coaches ever. He won countless national titles in USARS, NARCh, AAU, and AIRHS. He also spent some time as coach to the Team USA program. He retired from the sport in 2001, selling his rink and dissolving AIRHS, but his legacy would live on with the countless players who grew up playing Coliseum and 99ers hockey. Melton made a brief comeback in the sport, as the coach of the AIHL’s Philadelphia Brawlers in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. It was reported he passed away from a heart attack sometime on Sunday, March 26, 2012. He was simply a legend in the sport and will be missed.

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  1. Wow….this is some terrible news. At the end of the day Todd was a major part of all of our lives in the roller hockey world. To his players, maybe even a mentor off the ice. Personally, I owe Todd a thank you for all the great games we had played against one another, rivalries built, places I have seen and friendships I have made because of him. There will never be another time like that again. I knoq I can speak for everyone who crossed his path and say we all miss those days!! Thank you Todd.

    -Enright

  2. The passing of Todd’s death has just reached my family’s ears. (Chambers). The Chambers and Melton family are perhaps the oldest of friends. Our families live side by side for 45 years, and our fathers John and Lonnie Melton grew up in West Philadelphia and were friends since the age of 6.

    Our families resided on Park Blvd. in Camden, New Jersey and we, my brothers John, Dennis, and Chris and his three brother (Troy deceased, Trevor and Terrell) are life long friends.

    My heart goes out to his mother, Jean Melton and to his father Lonnie Melton, who are like second parents to us. Together our families raised phenomenal athletes, scholars and humanitarians. I am numb right now, and my prayers travel across the miles to the Melton family and Chambers family.

    Sorrowfully submitted.

    Stacey Chambers.

  3. Growing up there were so many battles and so many wars. On the rink I couldn’t stand Todd and the 99ers because we had such an intense rivalry. But one thing I always had for Todd is RESPECT. This man did so much for Roller Hockey, he did so much for Roller Hockey on the East Coast as well as nationally and I know he did so much for the ones that knew him. Every time I lace up the skates, I thank him. Todd will truly be missed but never ever forgotten. #99 Forever – R.I.P. Todd Melton.

  4. MY SONS BROCK, NIKKO AND MARCUS ALL PLAYED FOR TODD. TODD GAVE BROCK NIS FIRST PAIR OF MISSION SKATES “BRAND NEW”. NIKKO WON A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH TODD. I’VE NEVER MET ANYONE SO GIVING, KNOWLEDGEABLE, PASSIONATE ABOUT THE GAME OF HOCKEY. MY CHILDREN WERE APART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL!!!! RIP BRO. TODD THE GROOMES FAMILY

  5. Todd not only was a great coach but a wonderful man. He helped shape the lives of many young men. He was one of the good ones. You will be missed Todd.

  6. So sorry to hear of Todds Passing. I worked with him at the coliseum and he always had his attention on the young kids learning the game. God Speed Todd.

  7. Todd was a Great man, a Humanitarian, he was Helpful, always cared for needy kids and always guided them thru the right track. He made a big difference in many teenagers lives on and off the rink. He was full of Love and never expected anything in return from anyone, just that they reach their own positive goals in Life. He was a Great Mentor to many kids as well as adults. May you guide all of us and watch over all of us with the Angels up above. I am praying for Jean and Lonnie Melton who are Great Parents, as well as his 2 brothers. May Our Lord place his healing hand over your hearts, only time will tell. “RIP MY DEAR TODD”"”"”"”"

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