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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 don't know how he does it. I don't know how he gets his body parallel with the player and pulls it through his legs like that. I know he's tried it a couple times in practice and it's never worked, so how he does it in a game, it's incredible.

— Capitals defenseman Mike Green on teammate Alex Ovechkin's highlight-reel goal against the Devils on Saturday