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Melville "Sparky" Vail

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Melville "Sparky" Vail
Position Defenceman
Teams NHL
New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Shamrocks
Windsor Bulldogs
Cleveland Falcons
Springfield Indians
Providence Reds
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born July 5, 1906(1906-07-05),
Meaford, ON, CAN
Died January 29 1983 (aged 76),
Pro Career 1926 – 1936

Melville "Sparky" Vail (July 5, 1906 in Meaford, Ontario - January 29, 1983) was a professional ice hockey defenceman in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers. He played a total of 50 games over two seasons, 1928–29 and 1929–30, scoring four goals and oce assist.

He played for the junior North Bay Trappers in 1925-26 and then signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent. Vail spent two seasons with the Springfield Indians and then was called up to the Rangers in 1928-29. He managed to score 3 goals in 18 games.

In the next season he played in 32 Rangers' games, scoring a goal and an assist. The Rangers then sold him to he Providence Reds. Vail played in the minors until 1935-36.

After taking two years off Vail played from 1938 to 1943 with the Toronto Red Indians, a team in the local Toronto league.

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