Miroslav Dvořák (ice hockey)

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Miroslav Dvořák
Born (1951-10-11)October 11, 1951
Hluboká nad Vltavou, TCH
Died June 12, 2008(2008-06-12) (aged 56)
České Budějovice, CZE
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
HC České Budějovice
National team  Czechoslovakia
NHL Draft 46th overall, 1982
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1972–1989
Miroslav Dvořák
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1976 Vienna Team
Gold medal – first place 1977 Katowice Team
Silver medal – second place 1974 Helsinki Team
Silver medal – second place 1975 Munich/Düsseldorf Team
Silver medal – second place 1978 Prague Team
Silver medal – second place 1979 Moscow Team
Silver medal – second place 1982 Helsinki Team
Silver medal – second place 1983 Germany Team

Miroslav "Cookie" Dvořák (October 11, 1951 – June 12, 2008) was a Czechoslovak professional ice hockey defenseman who played three seasons in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is also well known as a famous player of Czech Extraliga (Czechoslovak) team HC České Budějovice, where he spent most of his active career.

Playing career[edit]

In 1967 he started professional ice hockey career playing for HC České Budějovice Junior team and from 1970 became a member of 'senior team'. In the same year Dvořák was named the best defender of World Junior Ice Hockey Championships held in Sweden. During his military service he moved to the army team Dukla Jihlava where he spent 2 seasons. He also played for Czechoslovak national ice hockey team and won 8 medals overall in the Ice Hockey World Championships in years 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982 and 1983 and represented Czechoslovakia on 1976 and 1981 Canada Cups and on 1980 Winter Olympics as well. He was drafted by Philadelphia Flyers in the 3rd round in 1982 and played 3 seasons in North America, playing in the NHL for Philadelphia. He had to wait until his thirties to play NHL, as playing overseas under the age of 30 was strictly prohibited because of sports rules during communism era in Czechoslovakia. He left professional ice hockey after the 88-89 season and went back to Czechoslovakia to play for HC České Budějovice.


Dvořák died in the Czech Republic after a long battle with throat cancer at the age of 56 on June 12, 2008. His family played composer Antonín Dvořák's "New World Symphony" at the funeral.[1]


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