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Richard Šmehlík (born January 23, 1970) is a Czech former National Hockey League defenceman. He was drafted in the fifth round, 97th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres
in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Šmehlík joined the Sabres for the 1992–93 season, and played there for nine seasons. He left via free agency for the Atlanta Thrashers before the 2002–03 season. At the trade deadline of the 2002–03 season, Šmehlík was traded to the New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Devils
in exchange for a draft pick. Šmehlík would go on to win the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
that season with the Devils. He retired following the season. In his NHL career, Šmehlík appeared in 644 games, tallying 49 goals and adding 146 assists. He also appeared in 88 playoff games, scoring 1 goal and recording 14 assists. Awards[edit]

Bronze Medal at 1992 Winter Olympics
1992 Winter Olympics
(with Czechoslovakia) Gold Medal at 1998 Winter Olympics
1998 Winter Olympics
(with Czech Republic) 2003 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
champion (with New Jersey Devils) January 28th 2017 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. (Received from Charles Anzalone, black belt under Ricardo De La Riva) https://www.fitexpert.cz/blog/rozhovor-richard-smehlik-je-devatym-cechem--ktery-ziskal-cerny-pas-v-brazilskem-jiu-jitsu/

Trivia[edit]

The draft pick the Sabres used to select Šmehlík was acquired from the New York Rangers
New York Rangers
in exchange for Lindy Ruff. Ruff would later become the Sabres' head coach, and Šmehlík would play under him for five seasons. Richard and his wife, Martina, have two daughters: Adela and Jessica. Šmehlík appears on the cover of the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
version of the NHL 2000
NHL 2000
video game.

External links[edit]

Richard Šmehlík career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database

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