Frank Musil

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Frank Musil
Born (1964-12-17) December 17, 1964 (age 49)
Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Minnesota North Stars
Calgary Flames
Ottawa Senators
Edmonton Oilers
National team  Czech Republic 
 Czechoslovakia
NHL Draft 38th overall, 1983
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1980–2001
Frank Musil
Medal record
World Championships
Gold 1985 Prague Ice hockey
Silver 1983 Germany Ice hockey
Bronze 1992 Ice hockey

František Musil (born December 17, 1964), more commonly known in North America as Frank Musil, is a retired professional ice hockey player who spent several seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Minnesota North Stars, Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators, and Edmonton Oilers. Musil is currently a scout for the Edmonton Oilers and assistant coach for the Czech national ice hockey team.

Playing career[edit]

Musil was selected in the second round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, 38th overall, by the Minnesota North Stars. He played on 1985 Gold Medal winning IIHF Men's World Championships for Czechoslovakia. In addition to playing in various professional European leagues, Musil played 797 games in the NHL, for Minnesota as well as the Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers.

Musil's draft position fell, but not because of talent, as there was some uncertainty whether he would be able to escape Czechoslovakia, then a Communist country. Musil obtained a holiday visa and travelled to Yugoslavia with his girlfriend. Leaving her at the resort, Musil met with Minnesota General Manager Lou Nanne and player agent Ritch Winter, who had arranged for an American work visa. Winter and Nanne used the work visa to fool the border guards, who were unaware that Musil was a defecting hockey star. Thus, in the summer of 1986, Musil arrived in Minnesota, and began his NHL career that fall.

Musil retired from hockey at the end of the 2000–01 season, and was hired by the Oilers as a scout. Musil is married to former professional tennis player Andrea Holíková, who is the sister of retired NHL player Bobby Holík.

Musil's son, David, was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2nd round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft with the 31st pick of the draft.[1] David is currently a defenceman with the Edmonton Oil Kings.[1][2]

Awards[edit]

  • World Junior Championship medals- silver (1982, 1983), bronze (1984)
  • World Championship medals- silver (1983), gold (1985), and bronze (1992)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tychkowski, R. (June 25, 2011). "Oilers look to past for the future". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  2. ^ Boylan, R. (February 10, 2011). "Prospect Watch: David Musil". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 

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