Josef Melichar (D)
||Ceske Budejovice, Czech R
Draft: 1997, Pittsburgh, Round 3 (71st overall)
Acquired: By the Tampa Bay Lightning with Wade Brookbank and a 2009 fourth-round pick from the Carolina Hurricanes for Jussi Jokinen on February 7, 2009
Recalled by Tampa Bay (NHL) on 03/18/09 and finished the season with the Lightning… Made his Tampa Bay (NHL) debut 02/12/09 vs. Toronto and recorded an assist… Recalled by Tampa Bay (NHL) on 02/10/09 and returned to Norfolk on 03/16/09 (Appeared in 15 games with the Lightning and recorded four assists and 12 penalty minutes)… Made his Norfolk debut on 02/08/09 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Scored his first goal of the season, added one assist and had a fighting major for the Gordie Howe Hat Trick on 01/14/09 with Albany at Hershey… Tallied his first Albany point and his first AHL point in eight years with an assist 12/28/08 at Hershey… Made his Albany debut vs. Norfolk 12/05/08 – his first AHL game since the 2001 Calder Cup Finals… Assigned to Albany (AHL) by Carolina (NHL) on 12/05/08… Made his Carolina (NHL) debut on 10/23/08 at Pittsburgh (his former team)… Signed a one-year contract with Carolina (NHL) as a free agent on 07/02/08.
2007-08: Reached the 2008 Elitserien finals with Linköping HC of the Swedish Elite League… Spent the majority of 2007-08 with Linköping HC (SEL), ranking third with 74 PIM… Also played six games in 2007-08 with HC České Budějovice of the Czech League. 2004-05: Signed as a free agent by Sparta Praha (Czech) on 09/17/04. 2002-03: Scored his first NHL goal on 01/27/03 with Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay (John Grahame)… Missed majority of 2002-03 recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in a game vs. Boston 10/13/02. 2000-01: Advanced to the 2001 Calder Cup Finals with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. 1999-2000: Only member of the 1999-2000 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to appear in all 80 games.