Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Anssi Melametsa
Anssi Melametsa was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the 12th round, 249th overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. The Jets scouting staff had done indepth searches of players in the Finnish Elite League and opted to select Melametsa even though he had often said he did not want to leave his native Finland.

Melametsa joined the Jokerit Helsinki junior team at the age of 16 in 1977-78 where he had 14 goals and 16 points in 20 games. He moved to Canada to play in the Ontario Hockey League with the Peterborough Petes in 1978-79, scoring nine goals and 30 points in 64 games. He was also a member of the Memorial Cup winning Petes that year, where the team won a thrilling 2-1 overtime game in the finals against the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. The teams played three times in the tournament and each game was separated by a single goal, with two of the games going into overtime.

Despite having two more years of major junior eligibility remaining, Melametsa returned to Finland where he joined Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League. He also represented Finland at the World Junior Championships in 1980 and 1981. He remained in Finland through the 1984-85 season and represented his country at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics.

The Winnipeg Jets convinced him to come to North America and try the NHL game. He played in 27 games with the Jets in 1985-86, picking up three assists. He also played in 14 games with the AHL's Sherbrooke Canadiens, looking to better adjust to the North American style of play. However, Melametsa seemed happier in Finland, and chose to return home where he continued to play professionally with Jokerit Helsinki for two years where one of his teammates was Teemu Selanne.

Melametsa retired from professional hockey in 1991 after a season in Sweden's Second Division.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 20 14 2 16 8
1978-79 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 64 9 21 30 27
1978-79 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 4 0 0 0 4
1979-80 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 36 6 13 19 55
1979-80 Jokerit Helsinki Finland-Q 6 5 2 7 18
1979-80 Finland WJC-A 5 0 4 4 4
1980-81 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 36 14 22 36 46
1980-81 Jokerit Helsinki Finland-Q 6 2 5 7 15
1980-81 Finland WJC-A 5 1 3 4 2
1981-82 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 3 1 4 0
1981-82 HIFK Helsinki Finland 28 17 12 29 30 8 2 6 8 8
1982-83 HIFK Helsinki Finland 36 13 20 33 59 9 2 6 8 6
1982-83 Finland WEC-A 10 6 3 9 20
1983-84 Olympia Finland 7 3 3 6 18
1983-84 HIFK Helsinki Finland 37 16 17 33 44 2 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Finland Nat-Tm 10 2 2 4 10
1983-84 Finland Olympics 6 4 3 7 10
1984-85 HIFK Helsinki Finland 36 16 15 31 18
1984-85 Finland WEC-A 10 2 2 4 10
1985-86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 27 0 3 3 2 -5
1985-86 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 14 7 5 12 6
1986-87 HIFK Helsinki Finland 35 13 12 25 44 4 0 0 0 6
1987-88 HIFK Helsinki Finland 41 8 8 16 42 6 2 0 2 12
1988-89 Jokerit Helsinki Finland-2 42 26 40 66 44 5 1 4 5 0
1989-90 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 44 24 27 51 28
1990-91 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 44 10 21 31 20
1991-92 Team Boro HC Landsbro Sweden-2 31 5 23 28 16 9 1 4 5 6
1992-93 KooKoo Kouvola Finland-2 49 23 38 61 50
1993-94 KooKoo Kouvola Finland-2 43 16 24 40 18
NHL Totals 27 0 3 3 2


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