PENSACOLA, Fla. (August 9, 2018) – The Pensacola Ice Flyers announced today that Head Coach Rod Aldoff has signed veteran defenseman Cory Melkert.
A 6’5” 225-lb. defenseman from Kenmore, Ontario, Canada, Melkert is entering his third season in the SPHL having played for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs and Evansville Thunderbolts in the past. He served as the captain for the Thunderbolts during the 2017-18 season where he played in 50 games tallying 22 points and 45 penalty minutes. He spent some time in the ECHL as well where he played for the Wichita Thunder for five games.
“It’s always a great day when you can sign a player and person of Cory’s ability on and off the ice. He’s a natural leader and has the ability to be an elite defenseman for our team every night,” Aldoff stated.
Melkert added, “It was an easy decision for me to sign with Coach Aldoff and Pensacola after I decided not to go over to play in Europe this year. The Ice Flyers are a first-class organization and they have the best fans in the league. Playing in front of them will be a honor this upcoming season.”
During the 2016-17 season Melkert played 20 games for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs before being traded to the Evansville Thunderbolts where he had 10 points and 55 penalty minutes in 31 games.
Before playing professionally, Melkert played for SUNY-Fredonia, a NCAA III school for four years and was Captain in his senior year. He played in 90 games and earned 10 points 53 penalty minutes. The following year he played in Germany for 15 games where he had 2 goals and 8 assists for a total of 10 points and 10 penalty minutes.
“I know Cory will bring a professional and positive attitude to our team,” Coach Aldoff said, “I know his game will be appreciated not only by our team, but our fans who will enjoy having him in an Ice Flyers jersey.”
“After speaking with Coach Aldoff and the owner Greg Harris, it is clear that it is a win first attitude and that is something I really want to be a part of. It is on the top of my list and there is no better place for that than Pensacola. I can’t wait to get down there in October and start the journey to winning a championship,” concluded Melkert.