Zdeněk Šmíd

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Zdeněk Šmíd
Born (1980-02-03) February 3, 1980 (age 35)
Plzen, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 168 lb (76 kg; 12 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Right
Played for 'Czech Extraliga
HC Karlovy Vary
Bili Tygri Liberec
HC Plzen
HC Slavia Praha
HC Sparta Praha
1. liga
SK Kadaň
IHC PisekSM-liiga
HPK
Swedish Hockey League
Luleå HF
NHL Draft 168th overall, 2000
Atlanta Thrashers
Playing career 1998–2005

Zdeněk Šmíd (born February 3, 1980 in Plzen) is a Czech retired professional ice hockey goaltender. He played mostly in his home country, with appearances in both the top and second-level Czech hockey leagues. Šmíd also appeared in both the Finnish SM-liiga - 18 games with HPK - and the Swedish Hockey League - one game with Luleå HF - during the 2001–02 season.[1] He was the starting goalie for the Czech team that won the 2000 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[2]

Šmíd was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 6th round (168th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, but opted to remain in the Czech championship longer.[3]

He retired at the early age of 26 following long struggles with injury, and has ever since started working on his father's construction company.[4]

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