Ice hockey player
925,000 USD (2014)
| February 11, 1989 (age 26)
Helsinki, FIN (1989-02-11) |
Lennart Petrell, Toni Rajala, Brendan Mikkelson, Craig Schira, Jacob Micflikier
Ilari Melart Wikipedia
Ilari Melart (born February 11, 1989) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).
In 2006–07 he played 10 matches for the A-junior (top youth level in Finland) side and an additional 21 matches for the B-juniors. In 2007-08 he made 21 appearances for the A-juniors, which eventually earned him a spot in the first team.
Melart made his first appearance for HIFK's first team on November 13, 2008 away against Tappara. Before joining the first team, Melart played with HIFK's different youth teams.
On May 24, 2013 Melart signed as a free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets on a one-year entry level contract. Melart moved to North America for the 2013–14 season and was assigned to the Blue Jackets' AHL team, the Springfield Falcons. He scored his first professional goal on November 23 against the Hartford Wolf Pack. After 24 games with the Falcons, and unable to solidify a position on the blueline, Melart opted to be reassigned to the Russian Kontinental Hockey League to play for Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk. In 15 games he scored 1 goal and 5 points as Yugra were unable to qualify for the Gagarin Cup. He then returned to the Falcons on March 25, 2013, to fulfil his contract.
As a restricted free agent with the Blue Jackets, Melart opted to make a permanent return with Yugra of the KHL on May 19, 2014.