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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS ST. LOUIS BLUES HOCKEY
Columbus Blue Jackets Rostislav Klesla of the Czech Republic brings the puck up ice against the St. Louis Blues in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 20, 2007. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Rostislav "Rusty" Klesla (born March 21, 1982) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). During the off season, Klesla spends his time in the Czech Republic. Klesla was selected fourth overall by Columbus in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, making him the first ever pick in an entry draft by the Blue Jackets. He also played with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He currently wears number 97 after beginning his career with the number 44.

Klesla spent the 1997-98 season with HC Opava Jr. of the Czech Republic Junior League, where in 38 games, Klesla scored 11 goals and 29 points. In eight playoff games, Klesla had two goals and four points.

Klesla began playing junior hockey in North America in 1998-99, when he played for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. In 54 games, Klesla had four goals and 16 points, while getting 100 penalty minutes. In five playoff games, Klesla scored two goals.

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