Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Josef Melichar
Josef Melichar was born January 20, 1979 in Ceske Budjovice, Czech Republic. The third round, 71st overall selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Melichar is a graduate of the WHL's Tri-City Americans.

After two seasons with Tri-City, the young blueliner joined the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 1999-00. In 2000-01, Melichar split his season with the parent club in Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, helping the team reach the 2001 Calder Cup final only to lose in a hard fought series against the Saint John Flames.

The 2001-02 season marked Melichar's first full season in the NHL before injuries plagued him during the 2002-03 season, limiting the blueliner to a mere eight games. In 2003-04, Melichar returned to the Penguins lineup and despite the team's on ice struggles was one of the club's more durable and reliable players.

Melichar would complete two more full seasons with the Penguins before he would lace-up his skates for a pair of seasons in Europe. He returned to the North America after the Carolina Hurricanes signed the unrestricted free agent to a 1-year contract in the summer of 2008.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 HC Ceske Budejovice Jr. CzRep-Jr. 38 3 4 7
1996-97 HC Ceske Budejovice Jr. CzRep-Jr. 41 2 3 5 10
1996-97 Czech Republic EJC-A 6 0 1 1 6
1997-98 Tri-City Americans WHL 67 9 24 33 154 -42
1998-99 Tri-City Americans WHL 65 8 28 36 125 +30 11 1 0 1 15
1999-00 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens AHL 80 3 9 12 126 -18
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 0 2 2 21 -5
2000-01 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens AHL 46 2 5 7 69 +4 21 0 5 5 6
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 0 3 3 68 -1
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8 0 0 0 2 -2
2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 3 5 8 62 -17
2004-05 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 13 0 4 4 8 5 0 0 0 6
2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 3 12 15 66 -2
2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 1 11 12 44 +1 5 0 0 0 2
2007-08 HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice CzRep 6 0 0 0 4
2007-08 Linkopings HC Sweden 50 0 8 8 74 16 1 1 2 39
2008-09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 15 0 4 4 8 -1
2008-09 Albany River Rats AHL 25 1 4 5 35 +7
2008-09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 24 0 5 5 29 +1
2008-09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
2009-10 HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice CzRep 52 5 9 14 80 5 0 0 0 6
2010-11 HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice CzRep 12 0 1 1 8
2010-11 Linkopings HC Sweden 41 0 5 5 24 7 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 349 7 42 49 300 5 0 0 0 2


Missed majority of 2002-03 due to shoulder injury vs. Boston, October 13, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Sparta Praha (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Linkopings (Sweden), October 3, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 2, 2008. Traded to Tampa Bay by Carolina with Wade Brookbank and future considerations for Jussi Jokinen, February 7, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Ceske Budejovice (CzRep), July 9, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Linkoping (Sweden), August 10, 2010. Loaned to Ceske Budejovice (CzRep) by Linkoping (Sweden), September 1, 2010.
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