Lukáš Smítal

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Lukáš Smítal
Lukas smital guildford flames hockey.jpg
Born (1974-08-15) 15 August 1974 (age 42)
Brno, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
EPIHL team
Former teams
Bracknell Bees
Saint John Flames
Cleveland Barons
San Antonio Rampage
Guildford Flames
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1993–present

Lukáš Smítal (born 15 August 1974) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger who currently plays for and coaches the Bracknell Bees in the English Premier Ice Hockey League. Smítal rejoined the Bees after four seasons with local rival club, the Guildford Flames.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Smítal played for the Czech Republic U-20 (under 20 years old) team in 1994,[2] where he scored two points in six games.[3]

Professional[edit]

Smítal spent most of his career (1996–99, 2000–04) in North America playing in the ECHL and the AHL. Smítal holds the record for most goals scored as a member of the former Johnstown Chiefs. Smítal scored 107 goals over two different stints with the Chiefs (1996–99, 2001–03). Smital broke the record formerly held by Bruce Coles, who had scored 106 goals during his time with the Chiefs.

Smital was signed and brought to the UK by the Bracknell Bees hockey team, where he made a formidable partnership with Martin Masa, helping to bring silverware to Bracknell. Smital stayed for 3 seasons before leaving for local rivals Guildford.

Smítal spent the majority of four seasons with the Guildford Flames, leaving the squad shortly before the end of the 2010-11 season. For the 2011-12 season, Smítal rejoined the Bracknell Bees hockey team with longtime teammate Martin Máša. Fellow countryman and current teammate Máša has skated on six different teams with Smítal: 1996-99 Johnstown Chiefs; 1997-98 Saint John Flames; 2000-01 Greensboro Generals; 2003-04 Texas Wildcatters; 2004-05 Bracknell Bees; 2009–2011 Guildford Flames.

Smítal is also the current head coach of the Bracknell Hornets of the ENIHL and is a camp coach at Black And Gold Conditioning Camp, located in Bracknell.[4]

Awards & Honours[edit]

  • Winter Cup winner, 2004–05 Bracknell Bees
  • British National League All Star Team, 2004–05
  • British Ice Hockey Writer's Association Player of the Year, 2004–05
  • English Premier League winner, 2005–06; 2008–09; 2009–10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forward Lukas Smital signs new Guildford Flames deal". BBC. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  2. ^ Guildford Flames: Lukas Smital Profile Page - International Stats
  3. ^ "Lukas Smital Profile Page". eurohockey.net. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Black And Gold Conditioning Coaching Team". blackandgold.com. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 

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