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Björn Melin
Born July 4, 1981 (1981-07-04) (age 29),

Jönköping, SWE

Height

Weight

6 ft 2.5 in (1.89 m)

198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)

Position Left Winger
Shoots Right
NHL Draft 163rd overall, 1999

New York Islanders

Playing career 1999–present

Björn Melin (born July 4, 1981 in Jönköping, Sweden) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player, currently with HV71 in the Swedish elite league Elitserien.


Playing careerEdit

Melin plays as left winger with jersey number 91. He is an energetic och quick power forward who works 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 AHL and 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]

AwardsEdit

  • Silver medal at the 1999 World U18 Championships.
  • Elitserien playoff winner with HV71 in 2004, 2008 and 2010.
  • Gold medal at the 2006 World Championships.
  • Elitserien playoff silver medal with HV71 in 2009.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999-00 HV71 SEL 23 3 0 3 2 5 0 0 0 0
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 SEL 47 7 11 18 28 19 4 8 12 10
2004-05 Malmö Redhawks SEL 46 9 10 19 22 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 HV71 SEL 49 16 19 35 48 10 4 1 5 16
2006-07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 3 1 0 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Portland Pirates AHL 59 8 14 22 28 -- -- -- -- --
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
SEL totals 399 68 100 168 284 79 13 22 35 44
AHL totals 59 8 14 22 28 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 3 1 0 1 0 -- -- -- -- --

Statistics as of July 9, 2009.

International playEdit

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2006 Team

Melin has played for Sweden in:

  • 1999 World U18 Championships (silver medal)
  • 2000 World Junior Championships
  • 2001 World Junior Championships
  • 2006 World Championships (gold medal)

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Sweden WU18C 3 1 2 3 2
2000 Sweden WJC 7 0 3 3 6
2001 Sweden WJC 7 2 0 2 8
2006 Sweden WC 6 0 2 0 0
Junior int'l totals 17 3 5 8 16
Senior int'l totals 6 0 2 0 0

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