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Jiri Slegr

Jiri Slegr  #71

Defenseman
NUMBER: 71 BIRTHDATE: May 30, 1971
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Jihlava, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 210 DRAFTED: VAN / 1990 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (23rd overall)
Son of Jiri Bubla WJC-A All-Star Team (1990) Best Defenseman at WJC-A (1991) Czechoslovakian First All-Star Team (1991) Traded to Edmonton by Vancouver for Roman Oksiuta, April 7, 1995. Traded to Pittsburgh by Edmonton for Pittsburgh's 3rd round choice (later traded to New Jersey New Jersey selected Brian Gionta) in 1998 Entry Draft, August 12, 1997. Traded to Atlanta by Pittsburgh for San Jose's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Columbus Columbus selected Aaron Johnson) in 2001 Entry Draft, January 14, 2001. Traded to Detroit by Atlanta for Yuri Butsayev and Detroit's 3rd round choice (later traded to Columbus Columbus selected Jeff Genovy) in 2002 Entry Draft, March 19, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, September 4, 2003. Traded to Boston by Vancouver for future considerations, January 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Litvinov (CzRep), August 20, 2004. Missed majority of 2005-06 season with recurring back problems on a ruptured disk (March 10, 2006). Signed as a free agent by Litvinov (CzRep), July 31, 2006.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday