Ladislav Šmíd

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Ladislav Šmíd
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Šmíd with the Calgary Flames in 2013
Born (1986-02-01) February 1, 1986 (age 35)
Frýdlant, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
ELH team
Former teams
Bílí Tygři Liberec
Edmonton Oilers
Calgary Flames
National teamFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 9th overall, 2004
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 2002present

Ladislav Šmíd (Czech pronunciation: [ˈlaɟɪslaf ˈʃmiːt] , born February 1, 1986) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for HC Bílí Tygři Liberec of the Czech Extraliga (ELH). He has formerly played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.

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Playing career

Smid as a member of the Oilers Smid Oilers 2012.jpg
Šmíd as a member of the Oilers

As a youth, Šmíd played in the 2000 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a team from Chomutov. [1]

Šmíd was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, ninth overall, by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He played junior hockey for HC Liberec Junior in the 2001–02 season, and split the following three seasons between HC Liberec Junior and the professional HC Bílí Tygři Liberec. He also played for the Czech Republic in the 2004, 2005 and 2006 IIHF World U20 Championships, as well as for the under-18 team the 2004 IIHF World U18 Championships. [2]

After coming to North America, Šmíd spent the 2005–06 season with the Portland Pirates, at the time the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Mighty Ducks. [2] On July 3, 2006, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers with Joffrey Lupul and several draft picks in exchange for disgruntled defenceman Chris Pronger. [3] Šmíd made the Oilers' roster out of his first training camp with the team, and spent the entire 2006–07 season with Edmonton. After the Oilers missed the Stanley Cup playoffs, he joined the Czech senior team at the 2007 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. [2] The following year, he was cut from the Oilers' training camp and assigned to the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, with whom he played eight games before being recalled to Edmonton. [2] [4]

After the 2008–09 season, Šmíd was part of a trade negotiated between the Oilers and the Ottawa Senators that would have seen him, as well as teammates Andrew Cogliano and Dustin Penner, dealt to Ottawa in exchange for forward Dany Heatley. Heatley, however, refused to waive the no-trade clause in his contract to go to Edmonton, and after more than a month of the Oilers unsuccessfully trying to persuade Heatley to change his mind, the trade fell through and Šmíd remained with the Oilers. [5] In October 2009, the Oilers revealed that Šmíd had been diagnosed with H1N1, though he did not miss any games as a result. [6]

In Šmíd's sixth season in the NHL, he turned into a reliable shutdown defenceman, often paired with Jeff Petry on defence and playing against other teams' top lines each night. Šmíd finished the season with a positive plus-minus rating, and was in the top ten in blocked shots for the majority of the season. [7] Šmíd suffered a neck injury in a game against the Los Angeles Kings; despite avoiding serious neck injury, he did not play in any of the Oilers' remaining games in the season. [8] He ranked top five in the NHL for blocked shots for the 2011–12 season, also receiving attention for accidentally hitting Oilers Head Coach Tom Renney with a puck after deflecting it into the air during a drill during practice.[ citation needed ]

On April 1, 2013, Šmíd signed a four-year, $14 million contract extension with the Oilers. At the time of his signing, he was in the final year of a two-year deal signed prior to the 2011–12 season.[ citation needed ]

On November 8, 2013, Šmíd was traded by the Oilers to rivals, the Calgary Flames, along with Olivier Roy, in exchange for Roman Horák and Laurent Brossoit. [9]

With his tenure with the Flames marked by a lingering back injury, Šmíd in his last year under contract sat out the entirety of the 2016–17 season, in order to rehabilitate his injury. As an impending free agent, on May 23, 2017, Šmíd signed a two-year contract in returning to his original club in the Czech Republic, HC Bílí Tygři Liberec of the ELH. [10]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2002–03 Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE U20411181930821331
2002–03 Bílí Tygři Liberec ELH 40000
2003–04Bílí Tygři LiberecCZE U2014410143821016
2003–04 Bílí Tygři LiberecELH4511251
2003–04 HC Berounští Medvědi Czech.1 31124
2004–05Bílí Tygři LiberecCZE U2030114
2004–05 Bílí Tygři LiberecELH3913414120006
2005–06 Portland Pirates AHL 7132528481601116
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77371037
2007–08 Springfield Falcons AHL814515
2007–08 Edmonton OilersNHL6504458
2008–09 Edmonton OilersNHL600111157
2009–10 Edmonton OilersNHL5118939
2010–11 Edmonton OilersNHL780101085
2011–12 Edmonton OilersNHL785101544
2012–13 Bílí Tygři LiberecELH222121422
2012–13 Edmonton OilersNHL4813455
2013–14 Edmonton OilersNHL1711216
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL5615662
2014–15 Calgary FlamesNHL3101113
2015–16 Calgary FlamesNHL220006
2015–16 Stockton Heat AHL10000
2017–18 Bílí Tygři LiberecELH4731013401011212
2017–18 HC Benátky nad Jizerou Czech.1100012
2018–19 Bílí Tygři LiberecELH514202454171568
2019–20 Bílí Tygři LiberecELH516293564
ELH totals2611880982473926826
NHL totals583126072472

International

YearTeamEventResult GPGAPtsPIM
2003 Czech Republic WJC18 6th60002
2004 Czech Republic WJC 4th61234
2004 Czech RepublicWJC18Bronze medal icon.svg50220
2005 Czech RepublicWJCBronze medal icon.svg70224
2006 Czech RepublicWJC6th61120
2007 Czech Republic WC 7th600031
2013 Czech RepublicWC7th80336
2014 Czech Republic OG 6th50002
Junior totals3027910
Senior totals1903339

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References

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Corey Perry
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim first round draft pick
2004
Succeeded by
Bobby Ryan