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Rostislav Klesla

Rostislav Klesla  #97

Defenseman
NUMBER: 97 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.
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I first met him when I was 19 years old and he coached me for 13 consecutive years. I don't know how many athletes who have had that pleasure. Al Arbour was a man that left us not only feeling like champions, but left us with a lot of great memories that we can carry on through life.

— Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin on former coach Al Arbour, who passed away Friday at the age of 82