Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Eric Meloche
Eric Meloche was born May 1, 1976 in Montreal, Quebec. The 7th choice, 186th overall selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Meloche who is the son of Penguins goaltending coach and scout Gilles Meloche, is a graduate of the Central Junior Hockey League's Cornwall Colts and of the CCHA's Ohio State Buckeyes.

In his four years at Ohio State, Meloche was one of the most exciting players to watch in the CCHA. A smooth, fast skater with a cannon for a shot, Meloche made his professional debut with the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2000-01, scoring 40 points and finishing sixth in team scoring and played a key role in the Baby Penguins run to the Calder Cup Final.

Meloche returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2001-02 and spent the majority of the season with the team while making his NHL debut January 24, 2002 becoming only the second father-son duo in Penguins history. Meloche spent the majority of the 2002-03 season in the AHL, but managed to score his first NHL goal in his handful of games with Pittsburgh that season. In 2003-04, Meloche established career highs in goals (16), assists (26) and points (42) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while leading the team to the Calder Cup final against eventual winner Milwaukee. Although he spent the majority of the season in the AHL, Meloche went on to see action in 25 games with the parent club tallying ten points (3-7-10) before being acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 2004.

A Calder Cup winner with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2005, Meloche continued to toil in the AHL in the early stages of the 2005-06 season before being dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks along with Patrick Sharp.

Meloche would spend the end of his season with the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate in Norfolk before being dealt back to the Flyers in the off-season in exchange for Vaclav Pletka.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 Cornwall Colts ON-Jr.A 40 7 15 22 51
1995-96 Cornwall Colts ON-Jr.A 64 68 53 121 162
1996-97 Ohio State University CCHA 39 12 11 23 78
1997-98 Ohio State University CCHA 42 26 22 48 86
1998-99 Ohio State University CCHA 35 11 16 27 87
1999-00 Ohio State University CCHA 36 20 11 31 138
2000-01 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens AHL 79 20 20 40 72 -9 21 6 10 16 17
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 23 0 1 1 8 -7
2001-02 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens AHL 55 13 14 27 91 -4
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 5 1 6 4 -2
2002-03 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens AHL 59 12 17 29 95 0 6 1 0 1 20
2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 25 3 7 10 20 -6
2003-04 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 56 16 26 42 49 +6 23 9 6 15 14
2004-05 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 63 6 11 17 102 -1 17 3 2 5 18
2005-06 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 10 1 2 3 16 -4
2005-06 Norfolk Admirals AHL 47 7 14 21 81 +1 4 0 0 0 11
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 13 1 2 3 4 -6
2006-07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 49 11 13 24 82 -14
2007-08 Straubing Tigers Germany 54 17 23 40 125
2008-09 Straubing Tigers Germany 49 13 20 33 148
2009-10 Straubing Tigers Germany 51 22 16 38 95
2010-11 Straubing Tigers Germany 49 7 14 21 124
NHL Totals 74 9 11 20 36


Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 14, 2004. Traded to Chicago by Philadelphia with Patrick Sharp for Matt Ellison and Chicago's 3rd round choice (later traded to Montreal - Montereal selected Ryan White) in 2006 Entry Draft, December 5, 2005. Traded to Philadelphia by Chicago for Vaclav Pletka, August 2, 2006.