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by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Ladislav Smid on a four-year contract extension.

Smid, 27, recorded a career high five goals and 15 points (5G, 10A) in 78 games last season. His five goals ranked him first among Oilers defencemen.

The 6’3, 207-pound Frydlant, Czech Republic native has spent his entire NHL career with the Oilers, led the team in blocked shots (184) and hits (186) last season. His 186 blocked shots were 7th best in the NHL.

Smid played in the 2007 NHL Young Stars Game in Dallas, as a part of the NHL All-Star Weekend.

He has represented his country several times internationally, most recently at the 2007 World Hockey Championship. He also participated in the 2004, 2005, and 2006 World Junior Hockey Championships and the 2003 and 2004 World Under-18 Hockey Championship.

Smid was Anaheim’s 1st round selection, 9th overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft.

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