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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 have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.

— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday