Roman Čechmánek

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Roman Čechmánek
Born (1971-03-02) 2 March 1971 (age 46)
Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia
(now Zlín, Czech Republic)
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
Los Angeles Kings
Czech Extraliga
HC Vsetín
HC Karlovy Vary
HC Třinec
Czechoslovak First League
HC Zlín
HC Jihlava
HC Olomouc
Deutsche Eishockey Liga
Hamburg Freezers
Elitserien
Linköpings HC
National team  Czechoslovakia 
 Czech Republic
NHL Draft 171st overall, 2000
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1989–2009

Roman Čechmánek (Czech pronunciation: [ˈroman ˈtʃɛxmaːnɛk]; born March 2, 1971) is a former Czech professional ice hockey goaltender. He played professionally in the United States, Czech Republic, and Germany. He was born in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia (now Zlín, Czech Republic).

Playing career[edit]

He played for HC Vsetín in the Czech Republic from 1994 to 2000, winning five domestic titles. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. In his first season with the Flyers, Čechmánek surprised many by capturing the starting job from Brian Boucher and being one of the best goaltenders in the league. In his first season, he played in the NHL All-Star Game and finished second in voting for the Vezina Trophy. He had a disappointing playoffs, however, including allowing five goals in an embarrassing 8–0 loss in the final game of the Flyers' first round series against the Buffalo Sabres.

The next season Čechmánek had another good year and played fairly well in the first round of the playoffs. However the Philadelphia offense failed, scoring a record low number of only two goals in five games against the Ottawa Senators. Čechmánek was publicly annoyed at his teammates' performance. The next year he had another superior season, sharing the William M. Jennings Trophy with Flyers teammate Robert Esche, and Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils. Despite some excellent games, he had an equal number of horrible ones. Čechmánek pitched two shutouts in a second round loss to Ottawa but many blamed him for the loss due to the number of soft goals he allowed in the other four games.[1] At the end of the season he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for a second round draft pick.

Playing behind a mediocre Kings team, Čechmánek had a disappointing season in 2003–04. After playing himself out of the NHL, he returned to the Czech Republic to play with his old team HC Vsetín during the cancelled 2004–05 NHL season. He split the 2005–06 hockey season between HC Karlovy Vary and the Hamburg Freezers. In the beginning of 2007, Čechmánek left Linköpings HC and was replaced by Rastislav Staňa. He then played for HC Třinec in the Czech Extraliga for three seasons. He retired following the 2008–09 season.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1988–89 TJ Gottwaldov TCH 1 0 0 0 13 0 0 0.00 1.000
1989–90 TJ Zlín TCH 2 0 0 0 89 5 0 3.37
1990–91 Dukla Jihlava TCH 9 447 18 2 2.42 .909
1991–92 DS Olomouc CZE 13 731 54 0 4.43
1991–92 AC ZPS Zlín TCH 2 0 1 0 67 8 0 7.73
1992–93 Banik Hodonin TCH-2
1993–94 Zbrojovka Vsetín CZE-2 41 1.43
1994–95 HC Dadák Vsetín CZE 41 2413 98 5 2.44
1995–96 HC Petra Vsetín CZE 36 2142 77 4 2.16
1996–97 HC Petra Vsetín CZE 48 2762 98 3 2.13 .930
1997–98 HC Petra Vsetín CZE 41 2306 76 1.98
1997–98 HC Petra Vsetín EuroHL 5 3 2 307 12 1 2.34 .903
1998–99 HC Slovnaft Vsetín CZE 45 2696 77 5 1.71
1998–99 HC Slovnaft Vsetín EuroHL 2 0 2 119 8 0 4.03
1999–2000 VHK Vsetín CZE 37 2141 88 0 2.47 .924
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 59 35 15 6 3431 115 10 2.01 .921
2000–01 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 3 1 1 0 160 3 0 1.12 .969
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 46 24 13 6 2603 89 4 2.05 .921
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 58 33 15 10 3350 102 6 1.83 .925
2003–04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 18 21 6 2701 113 5 2.51 .906
2004–05 HC Vsetín CZE 35 15 18 2 1974 88 3 2.67 .922
2005–06 HC Energie Karlovy Vary CZE 12 4 7 1 594 29 1 2.93 .915
2005–06 Hamburg Freezers DEL 27 1535 66 3 2.58 .909
2006–07 Linköpings HC SEL 26 1490 67 0 2.70
2006–07 HC Oceláři Třinec CZE 6 4 2 0 371 12 0 1.94 .948
2007–08 HC Oceláři Třinec CZE 18 4 14 0 977 53 0 3.25 .916
2008–09 HC Oceláři Třinec CZE 34 3.26 .916
CZE totals 301 17,399 643 21 2.22
NHL totals 212 110 64 28 12,086 419 25 2.08 .919

Post season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1994–95 HC Dadák Vsetín CZE 11 619 23 1 2.23
1995–96 HC Petra Vsetín CZE 13 783 17 2 1.30
1996–97 HC Petra Vsetín CZE 10 602 11 2 1.10
1997–98 HC Petra Vsetín CZE 10 600 16 1 1.60
1997–98 HC Petra Vsetín EuroHL 4 2 2 240 10 1 2.50 .915
1998–99 HC Slovnaft Vsetín CZE 12 8 4 747 23 1 1.85
1999–2000 HC Slovnaft Vsetín CZE 9 5 4 545 15 3 1.65 .944
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 2 4 347 18 0 3.12 .891
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 1 3 227 7 1 1.85 .936
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 13 6 7 867 31 2 2.14 .909
2005–06 Hamburg Freezers DEL 6 366 17 0 2.78 .910
2006–07 HC Oceláři Třinec CZE 9 569 20 0 2.11 .943
CZE totals 74 4465 125 10 1.68
NHL totals 23 9 14 1440 56 3 2.33 .909

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Czechoslovakia
Men's ice hockey
European Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 1989 Soviet Union
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Canada
Representing  Czech Republic
Winter Olympics
Gold medal – first place 1998 Nagano
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Norway
Gold medal – first place 2000 Russia
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Finland

His only Olympic appearance was for the Czech Republic in the 1998 Winter Olympics, serving as backup to star goaltender Dominik Hašek, although he did not play a single game. Čechmánek won a gold medal after the Czech team defeated Russia 1-0 in the gold medal deciding game. His other appearances were in the 2004 and 2007 IHWC, also with the Czech Republic team.

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1989 Czechoslovakia EJC 6 319 16 3.01
1991 Czechoslovakia WJC 3 151 5 3.37
1995 Czech Republic WC 1 60 4 0 4.00
1996 Czech Republic WCH DNP
1997 Czech Republic WC 8 479 17 2.13
1998 Czech Republic OLY DNP
1999 Czech Republic WC 4 197 8 1 2.44
2000 Czech Republic WC 8 7 1 0 480 16 1 2.00
2002 Czech Republic OLY DNP
2004 Czech Republic WC 1 1 0 60 1 0 1.00
2004 Czech Republic WCH DNP
2007 Czech Republic WC 7 3 4 418 18 0 2.58
Junior Totals 9 470 21 2.68
Senior Totals 29 1694 64 2 2.27

Transactions[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Named Best Goaltender at the World Championships — 2000.
  • Named to the All-Star Team at the World Championships — 2000.
  • Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game — 2001.
  • Named to National Hockey League All-Star Second Team — 2000–01.
  • William M. Jennings Trophy (shared with Martin Brodeur and teammate Robert Esche) — 2002–03.

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Preceded by
Mark Recchi
Jeremy Roenick
Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
2001
2003
Succeeded by
Jeremy Roenick
Mark Recchi
Preceded by
Patrick Roy
Tri-winner of the Jennings Trophy
(with Robert Esche and Martin Brodeur)

2003
Succeeded by
Martin Brodeur