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Melicherik Puts Focus on Jr's

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Long serving Flames player, and eventually Assistant Coach, Milos Melicherik will vacate his senior duties in order to focus full time on his Head Coach role with the Guildford Jr. programme.

“The Flames are a great organisation,” said Melicherik. “I had great time to playing and then working as an assistant coach. I would like to thank to Paul, our fans and everyone who gave me support for those many years while I played and coached.” 

“We have a great group of Juniors in Guildford and for many years I was splitting my time between Flames and Junior coaching. It was getting more and more difficult to do that so this season I will focus only on developing our young players in the GJIHC.”

Melicherik starred with the big club when he arrived from his native Slovakia in 2003-2004 before being named an assistant player coach in the summer of 2007. He continued playing through the 2013-2014 term and remained on as the assistant coach through last season, his 12th in the role. 

In the off season of 2009 he was named as Head Coach of the Guildford under 18 side and has since become the Head Coach for the entire development group. 

As a player, Melicherik is 1 of only 3 Flames skaters to ever cross the 700 career point mark and is 1 of 10 players to make 500 or more starts with the club.  He ranks 2nd on the team's all-time points list with 777 from 240 goals and 537 assists in 546 appearances.  He opened his Flames career by topping the points chart for 6 consecutive seasons from 2003-2004 through 2008-2009.  Since leading the club to the British National League Playoff title in the spring of 2004 he has helped with 10 more trophies as a player plus the 2015-2016 “Double” Cup-Playoff haul and last season’s Patton Conference as Assistant Coach.  His total silver run includes 4 English Premier League crowns, 5 Cup hauls, 2 EPL Playoff captures, a BNL Playoff jewel and the opening Elite trophy last term. 

After a development career that included caps with the Slovakian World Jr. international squad in 1994, he iced the first 6 years of his full time pro career in Slovakia with Dukla Trencin.  He recorded his best offensive Extraleague season during the 1999-2000 set when he had 19 goals and 46 points.  The next year he made his first move by joining Havirov Panthers in the Czech Extraleague.  He spent the following season in Germany which preceded a final session back with Trencin ahead of his UK arrival. 

“This is a different type of announcement in that we are used to doing people coming or going, but in this case it is mostly a change of the office door sign,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon.  

“Milos has become part of the fabric of the Flames with the length of his stay in different roles, but also because of the significant success he had both as a player and a coach with us.”

“He has an unbelievable wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on to the next generation of players, and he has been able to translate that to a great deal of success with the kids.”

“Nobody is more passionate for their love of hockey than Milos. He brings that to his leadership of the Junior group and he deserves this opportunity to concentrate on that.”

“At this time, we are not going to fill the Flames assistant role and will see where we are at moving forward.  The good news for us as people who have worked with Milos for so many years is that he stays in our office.  Not only will we still have access to his hockey mind when we need to bounce ideas around, but more importantly from a day to day standpoint we don’t need to worry about missing a guy who has been a big part of everything we have done over the past 16 seasons.  There are a few folks with a Flames logo stamped on their heart and Milos is definitely one of them.”

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