David Vychodil

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David Vychodil
Born (1980-03-25) March 25, 1980 (age 37)
Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
[Belgium] team
Former teams
Chiefs Leuven
Arystan Temirtau
Playing career 2000–present

David Vychodil (born March 25, 1980 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic) is a Czech professional ice hockey player, currently playing and coaching for Chiefs Leuven in Belgium .

Career[edit]

He began his notable career playing junior level and later on when he was spotted by senior head coach Vladimir Vůjtek also senior level in his native Czech Republic for HC Vitkovice.In spring 1999 Vychodil was selected for the U20 Czech National Team by Jaroslav Holík .In 2000 the WJC was held in Sweden and the Czech junior team won the gold medal for the first time in the history unfortunately Vychodil was 8th defenceman and didn't play any games .He spent his first professional year with Jaroslav Holík as a head coach in Dukla Jihava and won the league title, before moving to North America in the end of the year 2000. On arrival, he began playing junior level hockey for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL, the highest level of junior hockey in the United States. In January 2001 Vychodil won the trophy for USHL Offensive Player of the week. During the summer 2001 he went to the NHL draft,but unfortunately for him none of the teams pick him.

Vychodil spent one season in Sioux City before progressing to ECHL standard with the Johnstown Chiefs. Vychodil would only play two games for the Chiefs before being moved mid-season to the Wheeling Nailers, another ECHL team. Vychodil settled well and played 38 games during the 2001/02 season.During the summer 2002 the Wheeling Nailers head coach John Brophy recommend Vychodil to Pittsburgh Penguins organization and went for the training camp to Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in the American Hockey League.After that he played just one game for the Wheeling Nailers before moving to Europe to play for HC Havirov Panthers of the Czech Extraliga. Vychodil would also spend time playing for Rosice Zdár nad Sázavou as well as a second spell at Dukla Jihava during the 2002/03 season.

Vychodil began the 2003/04 season still in the Czech Republic, playing in the second tier of the Czech League for HC Frýdek-Místek. He played in just four games before returning to North America with the Winston-Salem T-Birds of the SEHL, a team that existed for just one season before folding. Vychodil did not want to finish the season with the T-Birds though, and played for two more teams before the season ended - the Greensboro Generals and the Adirondack IceHawks.

Vychodil found form whilst playing for the IceHawks, and stayed for the following season. He proved to be an important player for the side, featuring in 75 games throughout the 2004/05 season. Despite his improved form, Vychodil changed the team in the off-season, moving to play for the first time in Russia for Metallurg Serov of the Vysshaya Liga. He remained to stay in Russia for the season, played 40 games.During the off-season, Vychodil was spotted by Manchester Phoenix player/coach Tony Hand and was added to the Phoenix blue-line.

Vychodil was a popular player amongst Phoenix fans, and became known for his accurate and powerful slapshot, which he used to grab 39 points in 56 games for the Manchester club. His play led to the EIHL-winning Coventry Blaze signing him in the off-season as a replacement for the injured Rumun Ndur. Unfortunately, Vychodil was unable to produce his form for his new team and in November 2007 was released by Coventry head coach Paul Thompson following the signing of his former Phoenix teammate K. C. Timmons.Vychodil has since taken the opportunity to sign for his third club in the EIHL, signing for the Basingstoke Bison until the end of the 2007/08 season.During the off-season Vychodil chose to move to Russia, signing for Vysshaya Liga club Gazovik Tyumen.

After the season in Russia Vychodil decided to move for the 2009/10 season to Austria.His decision was influenced by the birth of his daughter.It was successful year for both the family and also sports page he grab 23 points in 18 gemes and left a good impression in his team EHC Wattens.

During the off-season Vychodil signed in August 2010 a 3 years contract with the Hungarian team FTC Ferencvaros.He made his decision, because his grandmother was Hungarian nationality and he had the opportunity to get Hungarian citizenship and also play for the Hungarian Senior National Team.Vychodil proved his skills and high level of hockey he reached 26 points in 39 games and he belonged between the top defence in the league.In summer of 2011, the FTC Ferencvaros got into financial troubles and this situation forced Vychodil to leave. FTC Ferencvaros had problems regarding the implementation of the contract which the team did not pay his monthly salary.Vychodil was forced to hire a lawyer to solve this problem through the courts.The court ruled in Vychodil favor and ordered the FTC Ferencvaros to pay the owed amount.Unfortunately Vychodil is still waiting for the money so he is trying to get some help from the IIHF.

Because of all this troubles what he has in Hungary he start to play his 2011/12 season late December for the Chiefs Leuven in Eredivisie. He played 8 games and grab 5 points.

For the 2012/13 season Vychodil returned to his hometown team HC Vitkovice Steel in Czech extraliga for the tryout. He split the season between Czech and Kazakhstan he played for the Arystan Temirtau.

This season 2013/14 moved Vychodil with his family to Belgium and will be playing and also coaching to youth teams for the Chiefs Leuven. He achieved 26 points in 25 games with the senior Elite team and won the league title with U14 youth team as a head coach for the 2013/14.

For the season 2014/15 Vychodil stayed in Belgium and he became the head coach for the youth program in IHCL Leuven Chiefs. In 28 Elite league games he achieved 26 goals and 50 assists as a defenceman.

In 2015/16 season Vychodil kept developing his program as a head coach for the youth in IHCL Leuven Chiefs. He also played for the senior Elite team which participates in BeNeLiga and Belgium Cup.He achieved 19 goals and 20 assists in 26 games.

Player Awards

  • 2014-2015 League Winner Most Assists (Belgium)
  • 2010-2011 Best Defenceman - MOL League (Hungary)
  • 2005-2006 Most Penalty Minutes in the Vysshaya League (Russia)
  • 2004-2005 IHL East Division Champion Adirondack Frostbite (U.S.A)
  • 2000-2001 January USHL Offensive Player of the Week (U.S.A)
  • All Time USHL Statistics By Nation (Czech Republic)
  • Points 12th (3rd as defense), Goals 7th (1st as defense), PPG 10th (1st as defense)
  • 1999-2000 League Championship 1 LIGA HC Dukla Jihlava (CZECH REPUBLIC)

Coaching Awards

  • 2016 BELGIAN LEAGUE CHAMPION RUNNER-UP U14
  • 2016 INTERNATIONAL U13 TOURNAMENT (Franconville, France) – 1ST PLACE
  • 2016 INTERNATIONAL U14 IJSHOCKEYTOERNOOI (Geleen, Netherlands) – 3RD PLACE
  • 2015 NOVOTEL LEUVEN CHIEFS U12 INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT (Leuven, Belgium) – 2ND PLACE
  • 2015 INTERNATIONAL U12 IJSHOCKEYTOERNOOI (Geleen, Netherlands) – 3RD PLACE
  • 2015 BAUER TURKU-TURNAUS U10 (Turku, Finland) – SILVER MEDAL
  • 2015 NOVOTEL LEUVEN CHIEFS U10 INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT (Leuven, Belgium) – 2ND PLACE
  • 2014 BELGIAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS U14
  • 2014 BELGIAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS U16
  • 2014 INTERNATIONAL U14 TOURNAMENT (Bad Nauheim, Germany) – 2ND PLACE
  • 2014 NOVOTEL LEUVEN CHIEFS U14 INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT (Leuven, Belgium) – 1ST PLACE
  • 2014 INTERNATIONAL U14 TOURNAMENT (Dordrecht, Netherlands ) – 1ST PLACE

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