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Rostislav Klesla

Rostislav Klesla

Defenseman
BIRTHDATE: March 21, 1982
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Novy Jicin, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 215 DRAFTED: CBJ / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (4th overall)
OHL All-Rookie Team (2000) Canadian Major Junior All-Rookie Team (2000) OHL First All-Star Team (2001) NHL All-Rookie Team (2002) Signed as a free agent by Vsetin (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Hameenlinna (Finland), January 29, 2005. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to various injuries. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to groin injury vs. St. Louis, November 30, 2009. Traded to Phoenix by Columbus with Dane Byers for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto, February 28, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Trinec (CzRep), September 21, 2012. Traded to Washington by Phoenix with Chris Brown and a 4th round choice in 2015 Entry Draft for Martin Erat and John Mitchell, March 4, 2014. Traded to Buffalo by Washington with Michal Neuvirth for Jaroslav Halak and Buffalo's 3rd round choice in 2015 Entry Draft, March 5, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Trinec (CzRep), June 25, 2014.
Quote of the Day

You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals