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Branislav Mezei

Branislav Mezei  #2

Defenseman
NUMBER: 2 BIRTHDATE: October 8, 1980
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Nitra, Slovakia
WEIGHT: 235 DRAFTED: NYI / 1999 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (10th overall)
OHL First All-Star Team (2000) Traded to Florida by NY Islanders for Jason Wiemer, July 3, 2002. Missed majority of 2002-03 due to ankle (October 12, 2002 vs. Atlanta) and foot (January 1, 2003 vs. New Jersey) injuries. Signed as a free agent by Trinec (CzRep), September 25, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Trencin (Slovakia), January 30, 2005. Missed remainder of 2005-06 due to knee injury sufferd in game vs. NY Rangers, November 9, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Astana (KHL), May 26, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Plzen (CzRep), May 17, 2009. Transferred to Espoo (Finland), October 29, 2009.
Quote of the Day

I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh