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Lightning Recall D Josef Melichar from Norfolk

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Josef Melichar from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. Left wing Wade Brookbank was assigned to the Admirals.

Melichar, a 6-2, 222-pound native of Ceske Budjovice, Czech Republic, has played in 15 games with the Hurricanes this season, recording four assists. He has also appeared in 25 games with Albany of the AHL, recording a goal and five points.

In his seventh NHL season, Melichar has played in 325 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina. He has recorded seven goals and 44 points, including one shorthanded goal, during his career. Melichar has also played in 151 career AHL games with the River Rats and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording six goals and 24 points.

Melichar was drafted by Pittsburgh in the third round, 71st overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Brookbank, 6 foot 4, 225 pounds, has played in 27 games with the Carolina Hurricanes this season, scoring one goal and ranking tied for third on the team in penalty minutes with 40. He is a veteran of 127 career NHL games with Nashville, Vancouver, Boston and the Hurricanes. He has amassed six goals and nine points with a 345 penalty minutes in his career. Brookbank also has a career plus-5 rating.

Josef Melichar’s Career Statistics

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