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Richard Šmehlík
Richard Šmehlík (born January 23, 1970) is a Czech former National Hockey League defenceman. He was drafted in the fifth round, 97th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres
in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Šmehlík joined the Sabres for the 1992–93 season, and played there for nine seasons. He left via free agency for the Atlanta Thrashers before the 2002–03 season. At the trade deadline of the 2002–03 season, Šmehlík was traded to the New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Devils
in exchange for a draft pick. Šmehlík would go on to win the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
that season with the Devils. He retired following the season. In his NHL career, Šmehlík appeared in 644 games, tallying 49 goals and adding 146 assists
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Ostrava
Ostrava
Ostrava
(Polish: Ostrawa, German: Ostrau or Mährisch Ostrau) is a city in the north-east of the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
and is the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region. It is 15 km (9 mi) from the border with Poland, at the meeting point of four rivers: the Odra, Opava, Ostravice and Lučina. In terms of both population and area Ostrava
Ostrava
is the third largest city in the Czech Republic, the second largest city in Moravia, and the largest city in Czech Silesia. It straddles the border of the two historic provinces of Moravia
Moravia
and Silesia. The population was around 300,000 in 2013
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Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia, or Czecho-Slovakia[1] (/ˌtʃɛkoʊsloʊˈvækiə, -kə-, -slə-, -ˈvɑː-/;[2][3] Czech and Slovak: Československo, Česko-Slovensko[4][5]), was a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia
Slovakia
on 1 January 1993. From 1939 to 1945, following its forced division and partial incorporation into Nazi Germany, the state did not de facto exist but its government-in-exile continued to operate. From 1948 to 1990, Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
was part of the Soviet bloc with a command economy. Its economic status was formalized in membership of Comecon
Comecon
from 1949 and its defense status in the Warsaw Pact
Warsaw Pact
of May 1955
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Special
Special
Special
or specials may refer to:Contents1 Music 2 Film and television 3 Other uses 4 See alsoMusic[edit] Special
Special
(album), a 1992
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Ice Hockey
Ice
Ice
hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team. Ice
Ice
hockey is most popular in Canada, central and eastern Europe, Nordic countries, Russia
Russia
and the United States
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Lindy Ruff
Lindy Cameron Ruff (born February 17, 1960) is an assistant coach for the New York Rangers
New York Rangers
of the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL). Ruff was previously the head coach of the Dallas Stars
Dallas Stars
of the NHL, and also the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres
from 1997 to 2013, with whom he won the Jack Adams Award
Jack Adams Award
as Coach of the Year in 2006
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New York Rangers
Blue, red, white[1][2]               Media MSG MSG Plus ESPN (98.7 FM) ESPN Deportes (1050 AM) NBCSNOwner(s) The Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
Company (James Dolan, chairman)General manager Jeff GortonHead coach Alain VigneaultCaptain VacantMinor league affiliates Hartford Wolf Pack
Hartford Wolf Pack
(AHL) Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Greenville Swamp Rabbits
(ECHL)Stanley Cups 4 (1927–28, 1932–33, 1939–40, 1993–94)Conference championships 2 (1993–94, 2013–14)Presidents' Trophy 3 (1991–92, 1993–94, 2014–15)Division championships 8 (1926–27, 1931–32, 1941–42, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1993–94, 2011–12, 2014–15)Official website nhl.com/rangersThe New York Rangers
New York Rangers
are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City
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Stanley Cup
The Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
(French: La Coupe Stanley) is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL) playoff winner. It is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise, and the International Ice Hockey Federation
International Ice Hockey Federation
(IIHF) considers it to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport".[1] Originally commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the trophy is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, then–Governor General of Canada, who donated it as an award to Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club, which the entire Stanley family supported, with the sons and daughters playing and promoting the game.[2] The first Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal HC, and subsequent winners from 1893 to 1914 were determined by challenge games and league play
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Free Agent
In professional sports, a free agent is a player who is eligible to sign with any club or franchise; i.e., not under contract to any specific team. The term is also used in reference to a player who is under contract at present but who is allowed to solicit offers from other teams
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1992–93 NHL Season
The 1992–93 NHL season
1992–93 NHL season
was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. Each player wore a patch on their jersey throughout the 1992–93 regular season and playoffs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup. It proved, at the time, to be the highest-scoring regular season in NHL history, as a total of 7,311 goals were scored over 1,008 games for an average of 7.25 per game.[1] Twenty of the twenty-four teams scored three goals or more per game, and only two teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
and the Chicago Blackhawks, allowed fewer than three goals per game
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Defenceman (ice Hockey)
Defence (defense in the USA) in ice hockey is a player position whose primary responsibility is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. They are often referred to as defencemen, defencewomen or defenceplayers, D, D-men or blueliners (the latter a reference to the blue line in ice hockey which represents the boundary of the offensive zone; defencemen generally position themselves along the line to keep the puck in the zone). They were once called cover-point. A good defenceman is both strong in defensive and offensive play and for defenceman pairing also need to be good at defending and attacking. In regular play, two defencemen complement three forwards and a goaltender on the ice. Exceptions include overtime during the regular season and when a team is shorthanded (i.e
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National Hockey League
The National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL; French: Ligue nationale de hockey—LNH) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world,[3] and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada
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Czech Republic
The Czech Republic
Czech Republic
(/ˈtʃɛk rɪˈpʌblɪk/ ( listen)[10] Czech: Česká republika, Czech pronunciation: [ˈtʃɛskaː ˈrɛpuˌblɪka] ( listen)),[11] also known as Czechia[12] (/ˈtʃɛkiə/ ( listen); Czech: Česko, pronounced [ˈtʃɛsko] ( listen)), is a landlocked country in Central Europe
Europe
bordered by Germany
Germany
to the west, Austria
Austria
to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland
Poland
to the northeast.[13] The Czech Republic
Czech Republic
covers an area of 78,866 square kilometres (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, has 10.6 million inhabitants and the capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents
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1992 Winter Olympics
The 1992 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVI Olympic Winter Games (French: Les XVIes Jeux olympiques d'hiver), were a winter multi-sport event celebrated from 8 to 23 February 1992 in Albertville, France. They were the last Winter Olympics
Winter Olympics
to be held the same year as the Summer Olympics,[2] and the first where the Winter Paralympics were held at the same site. Albertville
Albertville
was selected as host in 1986, beating Sofia, Falun, Lillehammer, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Anchorage and Berchtesgaden
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1998 Winter Olympics
The 1998 Winter Olympics, officially the XVIII Olympic Winter Games (French: Les XVIIIes Jeux olympiques d'hiver)[2] (Japanese: 第十八回オリンピック冬季競技大会, Dai Jūhachi-kai Orinpikku Tōkikyōgi Taikai), and commonly known as Nagano 1998, was a winter multi-sport event celebrated from 7 to 22 February 1998 in Nagano, Japan. 72 nations and 2,176 participants contested in 7 sports and 68 events at 15 venues. The Games saw the introduction of women's ice hockey, curling and snowboarding. National Hockey League
National Hockey League
players were allowed to participate in the men's ice hockey. The host was selected on June 15, 1991, over Salt Lake City, Östersund, Jaca
Jaca
and Aosta
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Ice Hockey At The Olympic Games
Ice hockey
Ice hockey
tournaments have been staged at the Olympic Games
Olympic Games
since 1920. The men's tournament was introduced at the 1920 Summer Olympics and was transferred permanently to the Winter Olympic Games
Olympic Games
program in 1924, in France. The women's tournament was first held at the 1998 Winter Olympics. The Olympic Games
Olympic Games
were originally intended for amateur athletes. However, the advent of the state-sponsored "full-time amateur athlete" of the Eastern Bloc countries further eroded the ideology of the pure amateur, as it put the self-financed amateurs of the Western countries at a disadvantage
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