Roman Červenka

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Roman Červenka
Roman Cervenka 2011.jpg
Born (1985-12-10) 10 December 1985 (age 31)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NLA team
Former teams
HC Fribourg-Gottéron
HC Slavia Praha
Avangard Omsk
HC Lev Praha
Calgary Flames
SKA Saint Petersburg
Piráti Chomutov
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2003–present

Roman Červenka[1] (born 10 December 1985) is a Czech professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the National League A (NLA).

He formerly played with HC Slavia Praha of the Czech Extraliga, Avangard Omsk and HC Lev Praha both of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was the leading goal scorer in the KHL in 2010–11 and was named to the All-Star team in 2011–12 before moving to North America by signing a contract with the Flames. Internationally, Červenka has played with the Czech national team on several occasions, winning a bronze medal at the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and gold and bronze at the 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Championships, respectively. Additionally, he represented his country as a member of the Czech team at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Playing career[edit]

Červenka played one NHL season with the Flames in 2012–13.

Červenka began playing with Slavia Praha's junior teams, playing for the under-18 team in 2000–01 and 2001–02, and the under-20 team in 2002–03 and 2003–04. During the 2003–04 season he also made his Extraliga debut, playing a total of 15 games with the top-level team. After playing for various junior-level and 1 Liga teams during the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons, Červenka rejoined Slavia Praha in 2006–07. In 2008–09, Červenka recorded 59 points (28 goals, 31 assists) in 51 games.[2][3]

Červenka has represented the Czech Republic with the national team on multiple occasions. He earned a bronze medal at the 2005 World Junior Championships. He also played at the 2009 IIHF World Championship and was selected to play for the 2010 Winter Olympics. At the time of the Olympic team selection, Červenka was leading the Extraliga with 55 points in 35 games.[4][5]

On 25 May 2010, Červenka signed a two-year deal with Avangard Omsk.[6] He earned a place on the left wing of the first line alongside his countryman Jaromír Jágr and established himself as a prolific KHL scoring forward. In his first season in the league, Červenka was selected to play in the Kontinental Hockey League All-Star Game collecting more fan votes than any other skater in the league.[7] Having scored 31 times in the 2010-11 season, the forward received the Top Goalscorer award from the league.[8]

Červenka signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $975,000 and a maximum of $3.775 million with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL) on 2 May 2012. His debut with the team was delayed by the 2012-13 NHL lockout, during which he first played for HC Slavia Praha in the Czech Republic. He appeared in nine games for the team, scoring 13 points. He left the team due to injury, then returned to action with the KHL's HC Lev Praha, but suffered another injury after only five games. He was further sidelined by a blood clot issue that left him out of the Flames' lineup to start the season.[9] Červenka missed the first three games of the season before making his NHL debut on 26 January 2013, in a 4–3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.[10] He scored his first NHL point, an assist, in the following game against the Colorado Avalanche.[11] Červenka's year with the Flames was disappointing, due to missing training camp,[12] subpar conditioning, struggling with the English language,[13] and coaches finding his defensive zone play to be a liability.[14]

On 16 May 2013 Červenka signed a three-year contract with SKA Saint Petersburg.[15] He left after two years and then spent the 2015-16 season with Piráti Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga (KHL): He scored 23 goals and dished 38 assists in 49 games of the regular season, ranking him first in the league in scoring. In March 2016, he signed with HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the Swiss National League A (NLA).[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 HC Slavia Praha ELH 15 0 1 1 2
2005–06 HC Slavia Praha ELH 22 0 0 0 12
2006–07 HC Slavia Praha ELH 51 6 6 12 54 6 3 1 4 6
2007–08 HC Slavia Praha ELH 41 19 11 30 72 14 4 4 8 20
2008–09 HC Slavia Praha ELH 51 28 31 59 56 18 13 11 24 20
2009–10 HC Slavia Praha ELH 50 30 43 73 56 16 9 15 24 34
2010–11 Avangard Omsk KHL 51 31 30 61 56 12 5 4 9 4
2011–12 Avangard Omsk KHL 54 23 16 39 18 20 11 10 21 4
2012–13 HC Slavia Praha ELH 9 5 8 13 14
2012–13 HC Lev Praha KHL 5 1 2 3 2
2012–13 Calgary Flames NHL 39 9 8 17 14
2013–14 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 53 14 25 39 34 10 6 11 17 8
2014–15 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 55 13 23 36 22 22 2 5 7 10
2015–16 Piráti Chomutov ELH 49 23 38 61 96 8 3 6 9 12
ELH totals 288 111 138 249 362 70 32 37 69 94
KHL totals 218 82 96 178 132 64 24 30 54 26
NHL totals 39 9 8 17 14

International[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Czech Republic
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2005 USA
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Germany
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Slovakia
Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Czech Republic WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 1 0 1 8
2009 Czech Republic WC 6th 7 2 1 3 2
2010 Czech Republic Oly 7th 5 0 2 2 0
2010 Czech Republic WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 9 1 1 2 2
2011 Czech Republic WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 4 6 10 4
2014 Czech Republic Oly 6th 5 2 0 2 2
2014 Czech Republic WC 4th 10 2 3 5 4
2015 Czech Republic WC 4th 10 2 3 5 0
2016 Czech Republic WC 5th 8 2 5 7 2
2016 Czech Republic WCH 6th 2 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 7 1 0 1 8
Senior totals 65 15 21 36 16

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
KHL
KHL Best Sniper Award 2010–11 [17]
Golden Helmet Award
All-Star team
2011–12 [18]
Gagarin Cup 2014–15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prague Post
  2. ^ "Roman Cervenka". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Roman Cervenka". Eurohockey. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Czech Republic finalizes Olympic hockey squad". The Sports Network. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Provisional Rosters". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Чемпион мира, лучший нападающий Чемпионата Чехии подписал двухлетний контракт с "Авангардом"" [The World Champion signs a two-year contract] (in Russian). Avangard Omsk. 25 May 2010. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Fans' Choice". KHL. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "The League's Finest". KHL. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Sportak, Randy (7 January 2013). "Newcomer Cervenka won't be starting camp". Calgary Sun. p. S8. 
  10. ^ Maki, Alan (27 January 2013). "Flames respond to early-season struggles with 4-3 win over Oilers". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Paul Stastny scores twice to lead Avs past Flames". ESPN. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Francis, Eric (2013-05-15). "Roman Cervenka was a risk worth taking for Calgary Flames". Calgary Sun. 
  13. ^ Sportak, Randy. "Flames' Cervenka shows he deserves another look". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (2013-05-15). "Flames forward Roman Cervenka has signed with St. Petersburg of the KHL". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  15. ^ Fox, Luke (16 May 2013). "Flames' Cervenka signs with KHL team". sortsnet.ca. 
  16. ^ "Le champion du monde Roman Červenka renforcera Fribourg-Gottéron pour la saison 2016/2017 | HC Fribourg-Gottéron". www.gotteron.ch. Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  17. ^ Duhatschek, Eric (2 May 2012). "Flames splash cash to sign Roman Cervenka". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  18. ^ Busby, Ian (25 May 2012). "Flames signee a KHL all-star". Calgary Sun. p. S7. 

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