January 23, 1970 |
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||222 lb (101 kg; 15 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||Buffalo Sabres
New Jersey Devils
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||97th overall, 1990
|Olympic medal record|
|Men’s Ice Hockey|
|1998 Nagano||Ice Hockey|
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.
- Bronze Medal at 1992 Winter Olympics (with Czechoslovakia)
- Gold Medal at 1998 Winter Olympics (with Czech Republic)
- 2003 Stanley Cup champion (with New Jersey Devils)
- 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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