Björn Melin

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Björn Melin
Björn Melin AIK.jpg
Born (1981-07-04) July 4, 1981 (age 35)
Jönköping, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Right
Played for HV71
Malmö Redhawks
Anaheim Ducks
Neftkhimik Nizhnekamsk
HC Fribourg-Gottéron
Dinamo Riga
Lukko
AIK IF
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 163rd overall, 1999
New York Islanders
Playing career 1999–2016

Björn Melin (born July 4, 1981) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey forward, who most notably played with HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Melin played as left winger with jersey number 91. He was a energetic quick power forward who worked hard in every shift. Melin started his hockey career with HC Dalen and has played six of his first seven professional seasons with HV71 in the Swedish Elitserien.[1]

Melin was drafted in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders with their 6th round pick, in the 163rd overall selection. Melin chose not to renew his contract with his last club HV71 in Sweden after the season 2005-06. On May 31, 2006, he signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL. Melin started the season 2006-07 playing for the Portland Pirates in AHL.[2] On January 7 Melin made his NHL debut and scored a goal for Anaheim Ducks against Detroit Red Wings.[3]

After just one season in the AHL and the NHL, Melin returned to his native Sweden for play in Elitserien. In April 2007, he signed a three-year contract with his former club HV71.[4]

Prior to the 2012–13 season, Melin signed a two-year contract with the Stockholm club AIK of the SEL to return to Sweden.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 HV71 J20 8 0 3 3 2
1998–99 HV71 J20 30 12 7 19 50
1999–00 HV71 J20 23 18 14 32 70 1 1 2 3 0
1999–00 HV71 SEL 23 3 0 3 2 5 0 0 0 0
2000–01 HV71 J20 7 6 2 8 35 3 0 3 3 31
2000–01 HV71 SEL 43 2 1 3 26
2001–02 HV71 SEL 50 7 9 16 40 8 0 0 0 6
2002–03 HV71 SEL 48 7 9 16 44 7 0 2 2 6
2003–04 HV71 J20 1 1 4 5 2
2003–04 HV71 SEL 47 7 11 18 28 19 4 8 12 10
2004–05 Malmö Redhawks SEL 46 9 10 19 22 10 1 2 3 8
2005–06 HV71 SEL 49 16 19 35 48 10 4 1 5 16
2006–07 Portland Pirates AHL 59 8 14 22 28
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 3 1 0 1 0
2007–08 HV71 SEL 40 9 10 19 32 12 0 3 3 4
2008–09 HV71 SEL 53 8 31 39 42 18 5 8 13 2
2009–10 HV71 SEL 55 14 22 36 32 11 4 1 5 2
2010–11 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 14 3 2 5 4
2010–11 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 19 10 5 15 2 4 0 1 1 2
2011-12 Dinamo Riga KHL 11 0 0 0 4
2011-12 Lukko SM-l 42 9 15 24 6 3 3 0 3 0
2012–13 AIK IF SEL 49 7 12 19 16
2013–14 AIK IF SHL 25 6 13 19 24
2014–15 HV71 SHL 42 5 13 18 14 6 0 0 0 0
2015–16 HV71 SHL 9 2 1 3 2
SHL totals 579 102 161 263 372 106 18 25 43 54
NHL totals 3 1 0 1 0
Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Latvia

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Sweden WJC18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 1 2 3 2
2000 Sweden WJC 5th 7 0 3 3 6
2001 Sweden WJC 4th 7 2 0 2 8
2006 Sweden WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 17 3 5 8 16
Senior totals 6 0 2 2 0

Statistics complete.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
SHL
Le Mat trophy (HV71) 2004, 2008, 2010 [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Björn Melin". Elite Prospects. 2007-04-27. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Ducks Trim Roster to 27". Anaheim Ducks. Retrieved 2006-09-28. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Ducks 4, Red Wings 2". Anaheim Ducks. Retrieved 2007-01-08. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Daniel Gustafsson (2007-04-27). "Björn Melin återvänder till HV71" (in Swedish). HV71.se. Retrieved 2007-04-27. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Landslagsforward till AIK" (in Swedish). AIK IF. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  6. ^ "Björn Melin - player profile and career stats". European Hockey.Net. Retrieved 2006-04-13. 
  7. ^ "HV71 wins championship" (in Swedish). aftonbladet.se. 2017-04-30. Retrieved 2017-04-30. 

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