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Richard Šmehlík
Position Defence
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
222 lb (101 kg)
Teams Buffalo Sabres
Atlanta Thrashers
New Jersey Devils
Born (1970-01-23)January 23, 1970,
Ostrava, CS
NHL Draft 97th overall, 1990
Buffalo Sabres
Pro Career 1988 – 2003

Olympic medal record
Men’s Ice Hockey
Bronze 1992 Albertville Team
Gold 1998 Nagano Ice Hockey

Richard Šmehlík (born January 23, 1970, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia) is a 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 the 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.



  • The draft pick the Sabres used to select Šmehlík was acquired from the New York Rangers in exchange for Lindy Ruff. Ruff would later become the Sabres' head coach, and Šmehlík would play under him for five seasons.

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