Impressions



Czechoslovakia 1972: Players' Info
Prague, Czechoslovakia, September 29, 1972


Summary | Goalies & Defense | Forwards
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Bedrich Brunclik, Forward
b. 07.06.1946, Czechoslovakia.
Czechoslovakian Elite League: Dukla Kosice ('65-'67), VSZ Kosice ('67-'81); scored 237 goals in 583 games. National team: WC '71; scored 1 goal in 4 games for Czechoslovakia. Coached VSZ Kosice ('81-'85).

FardaRichard Farda, Forward (C)
b. 11.08.1945, Brno, Czechoslovakia.
Defected to Canada with Nedomansky in 1974. Became one of the first Czech players to play in the top pro leagues in North America (WHA).
Czechoslovakian Elite League: Dukla Jihlava ('63-'65), ZKL Brno ('65-'74), League Gold '66, scored 177 goals in 408 games. WHA: Played for Toronto Toros ('74-'77); 34 goals in 178 games, including the playoffs. National team: WC '69-'74; Olympics '72; WC Gold '72, scored 49 goals in 149 games for Czechoslovakia.

HlinkaIvan Hlinka, Forward (C)
b. 01.26.1950, Most, Czechoslovakia.
Achieved legendary status both as a hockey player and coach on international level. Was a very skilled elite player with good balance and strength, mastered exceptional counter attacks.
Czechoslovakian Elite League: Chemopetrol Litvinov ('68-'81), Dukla Trencin ('78); scored 347 goals in 479 games. NHL: Played for Vancouver Canucks ('81-'83); 45 goals in 153 games, including the playoffs. European Leagues: EV Zug (Switzerland, '83-'85), 76 goals in 80 games. National team: WC '70-'79, '81; Olympics '72 and '76; WC Gold '72, '76, 77; Canada Cup '76; scored 132 goals in 256 games for Czechoslovakia. Coached Litvinov, Freiburg (Germany); national team at 6 WCs and 2 Olympics (WC Gold and Olympics Gold in 1998), became just the second European head coach in the NHL (Pittsburgs Penguins, 2000) and the second Czech coach in the Russian Elite League (Avangard Omsk, 2002).
    Awards: IIHF Hall of Fame 2002, IIHF WC All Stars '78, CSSR Golden Hockey Stick '78.

Jaroslav Holik, Forward (C)
b. 08.03.1942, Hvlicko Brod, Czechoslovakia.
In the national team, played mostly together on a line with Jan Klapac and his brother Jiri Holik. Was famous for his emotional and agressive style in both ends of the ice, often reached top results in both scoring and penalty minutes. His son, Bobby Holik is now playing for the New Jersey Devils (NHL).
Czechoslovakian Elite League: Dukla Jihlava ('61-'79), League Gold '67-'72 and '74, scored 267 goals in 602 games. National team: WC '65-'67, '69, '70, '72, '73; Olympics '72; WC Gold '72; scored 57 goals in 142 games for Czechoslovakia.
    Awards: IIHF Hall of Fame 1999

Jiri HolikJiri Holik, Forward (LW)
b. 07.07.1944, Hvlicko Brod, Czechoslovakia.
One of the best Czechoslovakian players ever. Holds a national record in games played to team Czechoslovakia (319). Was an elegant skater, excellent 2-way player, exceptionally reliable team player.
Czechoslovakian Elite League: Dukla Jihlava ('63-'78), League Gold '67, '69-'72 and '74, scored 283 goals in 553 games. European Leagues: SB Rosenheim (Germany, '78-'80), WAT Stadlau Wien (Austria, '80-'81), Wiener EV (Austria, '84-'85). National team: WC '64-'77; Olympics '64, '68, '72, '76; WC Gold '72, '76, 77; Canada Cup '76; scored 132 goals in 319 games for Czechoslovakia.
    Awards: IIHF Hall of Fame 1999

MatrinecVladimir Martinec, Forward (RW)
b. 12.22.1949, Lomnice, Czechoslovakia
One of the best players in the world in the 1970s. Was famous for his exceptional technical skills and on-ice creativity. Nicknamed the Fox, he was a nightmare for the opponents' defense lines because of his unpredictable moves.
Czechoslovakian Elite League: Tesla Pardubice ('67-'78, '79-'81), Dukla Jihlava ('78-'79), League Gold '73, scored 343 goals in 539 games. European Leagues: ESV Kaufbeuren (Germany, '85). National team: WC '70-'79, '81; Olympics '72, '76, '80; WC Gold '72, '76, 77; Canada Cup '76; scored 155 goals in 289 games for Czechoslovakia. Coached ESV Kaufbeuren (Germany) and Tesla Pardubice ('86-'89)
    Awards: IIHF Hall of Fame 2001, IIHF WC All Stars '74, '76, '77, IIHF WC Best Defenseman '76, CSSR Golden Hockey Stick '73, '75, '76, '79.

Jan Klapac, Forward (RW)
b. 02.27.1941, Czechoslovakia.
Played mostly with his national team linemates Jaroslav and Jiri Holiks, was a tough competitor in front of the opponents' net.
Czechoslovakian Elite League: Dukla Jihlava ('65-'68), Sparta Prague ('68-'79), League Gold '67, '68; scored 185 goals in 453 games. National team: WC '64-'66, '68, '69, '72, '73; Olympics '64, '68; WC Gold '72, scored 56 goals in 110 games for Czechoslovakia.

Jiri Kochta, Forward (RW)
b. 10.11.1946, Czechoslovakia.
Was a very skilled technically player, played well both as a center and a wing, was able to lead his team in the key games.
Czechoslovakian Elite League: Dukla Jihlava ('60-'75), League Gold '67-'72, '74; scored 177 goals in 408 games. European Leagues: EV Landshut (Germany, '79-'81), EHC Munich (Germany, '81-'82). National team: WC '67, '68, '70-'75; Olympics '68, '72; WC Gold '72, scored 56 goals in 148 games for Czechoslovakia.

NedomanskyVaclav Nedomansky, Forward (C/RW)
b. 03.14.1944, Hodonin, Czechoslovakia.
One of the most successful Czechoslovakian player in both amateur and pro hockey of the 1970s. Defected to Canada in 1974 to launch an impressive career in both WHA and NHL. Was a big and strong forward with a great scoring touch.
Czechoslovakian Elite League: Slovan Bratislava ('62-'74); scored 349 goals in 419 games. WHA: Toronto Toros ('74-'76), Birmingham Bulls ('76-'78); 138 goals in 258 games, including the playoffs. NHL: Detroit Red Wings ('77-'82), St. Louis Blues ('82-'83), NY Rangers ('83); 125 goals in 421 games, including the playoffs. National team: WC '65-'74; Olympics '72; WC Gold '72; scored 163 goals in 220 games for Czechoslovakia.
    Awards: IIHF Hall of Fame 1997; IIHF WC All Stars '69, '70, '74

Josef Palecek, Forward (LW)
b. 05.05.1949, Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakian Elite League: Tesla Pardubice ('67-'77, '78-'80), Dukla Jihlava ('77-'78), Stadion Hradec Kralove ('77-'78), League Gold '73, scored 170 goals in 451 games. National team: WC '72-'74; WC Gold '72; scored 16 goals in 62 games for Czechoslovakia.

Bohuslav StastnyBohuslav Stastny, Forward (LW)
b. 04.23.49, Chotebor, Czechoslovakia
Excellent 2-way forward, played very well defensively and positionally.
Czechoslovakian Elite League: Tesla Pardubice ('67-'81); League Gold '73; scored 241 goals in 504 games. European Leagues: ESV Kaufbeuren (Germany, '81-'85). National team: WC '71-'76; Olympics '72, '76; WC Gold '72, '76; Canada Cup '76; scored 73 goals in 188 games for Czechoslovakia.