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March 16, 2009

Lightning Assign D Josef Melichar to Admirals

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have reassigned defenseman Josef Melichar to the Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

Melichar, a 6-foot-2, 222-pound native of České Budějovice, Czech Republic, has played in 30 games with the Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes this season, recording eight assists. He made his Tampa Bay debut February 12 and has averaged 17:15 in ice time while recording four assists in 15 games with the Lightning.

Melichar has appeared in one game with Norfolk this season, making his Admirals debut on February 8 in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. 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 340 career NHL games with Tampa Bay, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina. He has recorded seven goals and 48 points, including one shorthanded goal, during his career. Melichar has also played in 152 career AHL games with the Admirals, River Rats and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, recording six goals and 24 points.

Melichar was drafted by Pittsburgh in the third round, 71st overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by Tampa Bay from Carolina on February 7, 2009 with Wade Brookbank and a fourth round pick in 2009 in exchange for Jussi Jokinen.

The Admirals are now back in Norfolk preparing for the final seven home games of the regular season. The puck drops on the homestand with a pair of contests against the Binghamton Senators on Wednesday and Friday nights at 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday’s game will be Student Rush Night and Family Fun Pack Night. With Student Rush Nights, students in high school and college may purchase $8 white level tickets by presenting their school IDs at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game. With Family Fun Packs, you receive four red level tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns and four sodas for only $48 – that’s a saving of $37! Family Fun Packs are available now at the Scope Box Office or online at For more details on these discounted ticket offers, please visit

To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at (757) 671-8100 or visit Ticketmaster online at Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $42 per month! Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit anytime!

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