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 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
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Devils in exchange for a draft pick. Šmehlík would go
on to win the
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. He also appeared in 88 playoff games, scoring
1 goal and recording 14 assists.
Bronze Medal at
1992 Winter Olympics
1992 Winter Olympics (with Czechoslovakia)
Gold Medal at
1998 Winter Olympics
1998 Winter Olympics (with Czech Republic)
Stanley Cup champion (with New Jersey Devils)
January 28th 2017 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. (Received from
Charles Anzalone, black belt under Ricardo De La Riva)
The draft pick the Sabres used to select Šmehlík was acquired from
New York Rangers
New York Rangers in exchange for Lindy Ruff. Ruff would later
become the Sabres' head coach, and Šmehlík would play under him for
Richard and his wife, Martina, have two daughters: Adela and Jessica.
Šmehlík appears on the cover of the
Czech Republic version of the
NHL 2000 video game.
Richard Šmehlík career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
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