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Jozef Balej

Jozef Balej  #8

Right Wing
NUMBER: 8 BIRTHDATE: February 22, 1982
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Myjava, Slovakia
WEIGHT: 195 DRAFTED: MTL / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 3rd   (78th overall)
WHL West First All-Star Team (2002) Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team (2002) Traded to NY Rangers by Montreal with Montreal's 2nd round choice (Bruce Graham) in 2004 Entry Draft for Alex Kovalev, March 2, 2004. Traded to Vancouver by NY Rangers with future consdierations for Fedor Fedorov, October 7, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Fribourg (Swiss), July 24, 2006.
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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