March 18, 1944|
Prague, Bohemia and Moravia, Nazi Germany
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||163 lb (74 kg; 11 st 9 lb)|
HC Sparta Praha
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
Jiří Holeček (born March 18, 1944) is a Czech professional ice hockey coach and former player. Holeček played in the Czechoslovak Elite League from 1964 to 1979, and on the Czechoslovak national team for many years.
After joining the military he participated in the hockey camp of Dukla Jihlava, but coming from an insignificant Slávia team at the time, he did not make it further than number three goaltender and was loaned to the HC Košice in the eastern part of the country. After starting his career on the Košice team in 1963–64, Holecek played there for 10 years until he joined Sparta Prague for the 1973/1974 season. Holecek played 488 league games, and despite being awarded Czechoslovak Golden Hockey Stick award for the best player in 1974, he never won the league title.
He played 164 games for the national team, including ten World Championships (leading the team to gold in 1972, 1976, and 1977), being named the best goaltender five times. He played at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics and the 1976 Canada Cup.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com
- HC Sparta Praha Klub Historie (in Czech)
- GOALIE ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL (in Czech)
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