"Mad" Mel Angelstad is a former professional ice hockey player. He played two games in the NHL, both coming in the 2003–04 NHL Season with the Washington Capitals during which he became the first player to wear #69 in a regular season game. Throughout his career he was known as a feared enforcer, earning his nickname The Mangler. The nickname, however did not come from Mel's fighting, it came from his locker tag, M.Angelstad.
For Angelstad, the road to the NHL was a long one. He played five Colonial Hockey League seasons in Thunder Bay before becoming an IHL regular and then AHL regular.
While in Thunder Bay he played for the Thunder Bay Thunder Hawks, wearing number 27, and spawning several bootlegged video collections of his fights. It was a rare night when Mad Mel wasn't the last man standing, but his ice presence was also dangerous for his forward passes and set-up skills. While he could never be accused of being a sniper, he was versatile enough the not be a liability on the ice like most goons.
During the 2003–04 NHL season Angelstad appeared in two games with the Washington Capitals, registering a total of zero points and two penalty minutes.
I know the only reason I made it anywhere in hockey was because I was a fighter. I know that was my role. I made it to the NHL doing that. If I don't fight again in my life that doesn't mean I'm not a tough guy.