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Richard Smehlik

Richard Smehlik  #2

Defenseman
NUMBER: 2 BIRTHDATE: January 23, 1970
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Ostrava, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 230 DRAFTED: BUF / 1990 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 5th   (97th overall)
Missed entire 1995-96 due to knee surgery, August 11, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 11, 2002. Traded to New Jersey by Atlanta with New Jersey's 6th and 8th round choices (previously acquired) in 2004 Entry Draft for New Jersey's 4th round choice (Michael Vannelli) in 2003 Entry Draft, March 10, 2003. Officially announced his retirement, September 17, 2003.
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I came into a team that had 65 points, that was at the bottom of the basement, a team that everybody wrote off as never going to be good. My goal is to go from the very bottom to the very top.

— Forward Brandon Dubinsky on signing a six-year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets