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Josef Melichar

Josef Melichar  #2

Defenseman
NUMBER: 2 BIRTHDATE: January 20, 1979
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 220 DRAFTED: PIT / 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (71st overall)
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.
Quote of the Day

For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday