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Meland and Kalemba Reunite on Slovakia's HC Banska Bystrica

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 08/02/2013
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Princeton alums Eric Meland and Zane Kalemba are re-uniting as teammates, signing with HC Banska Bystrica (Slovakia), the team announced. Meland, a defenseman, and Kalemba, a goaltender, were teammates on the Tigers’ 2009-10 squad. 

Meland, who concluded his collegiate career at Princeton this past season, embarks on his first professional campaign. Kalemba, entering his fourth professional season, joins HC Banska Bystrica from GKS Katowice (Poland), where he spent the 2012-13 season.

Meland, a native of Grand Forks, North Dakota finished his collegiate career with 60 points on 16 goals and 44 assists in 118 games played.  He competed in four professional games with the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League (CHL) after completion of his senior campaign at Princeton.

Kalemba appeared in 38 regular-season games and two postseason contests with GKS Katowice (Poland). He sported a 2.86 goals-against average (GAA) and .919 save percentage during the regular season.

The Saddle Brook, New Jersey, native spent the 2011-12 campaign with the Bloomington Blaze of the CHL. In 46 games with Bloomington, Kalemba posted a GAA of 3.47 and save percentage of .901.

Kalemba’s first professional season was the 2010-11 campaign. He appeared in 19 games, competing with Elmira, Reading and Stockton of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and Missouri of the CHL.

During his four-year career at Princeton, Kalemba earned second-team all-America honors as a junior and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award,  when he set single-season school records for wins (22), GAA (1.82) and save percentage (.932).

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