Richard Šmehlík

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Richard Šmehlík
Born (1970-01-23) January 23, 1970 (age 47)
Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 222 lb (101 kg; 15 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Atlanta Thrashers
New Jersey Devils
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 97th overall, 1990
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1988–2003
Olympic medal record
Men’s Ice Hockey
Gold medal – first place 1998 Nagano Ice Hockey
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Albertville Team

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 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.
  • 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.

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