Václav Nedomanský

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Václav Nedomanský
Born (1944-03-14) March 14, 1944 (age 75)
Hodonín, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Slovan Bratislava
Toronto Toros
Birmingham Bulls
Detroit Red Wings
St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
National team  Czechoslovakia
Playing career 1962–1983

Václav Nedomanský (born March 14, 1944 in Hodonín, Czechoslovakia) is a former hockey forward. Nedomanský is best known as the first hockey player to defect to North America to play.[1]

Playing in Czechoslovakia[edit]

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing  Czechoslovakia
Silver medal – second place 1968 Grenoble Team
Bronze medal – third place 1972 Sapporo Team

Nedomanský played for Slovan Bratislava of the Czechoslovak Extraliga for twelve seasons. In 1968, he was a member of the Czechoslovak national ice hockey team which won silver medals at the Winter Olympics in Grenoble and bronze medals in 1972 at the Winter Olympics in Sapporo. He also played for Czechoslovakia in nine IIHF World Championships, and was named top forward at the 1974 World Championships.[2] He is manager of the Slovak national team in North America.

Career after defection[edit]

Nedomanský defected in 1974 to Toronto via Switzerland.[3] He was not able to return to his home country until after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

He played just over three seasons in the World Hockey Association with the Toronto Toros and the Birmingham Bulls, peaking with 56 goals and 98 points for Toronto in 1975–76. He also won the Paul Deneau Trophy for sportsmanship in 1975–76. He then signed as a free agent with the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings in 1977. Nedomanský played five seasons for Detroit, posting highs of 38 goals and 74 points. He retired after one final season with the St. Louis Blues and the New York Rangers in 1982–83.

Nedomanský coached in Germany and Austria from 1987 to 1991.

He was born in Hodonin, in eastern Moravia in the present-day Czech Republic but very close to the Slovak border. Today, he claims to feel more Slovak than Czech, having lived in Bratislava for a number of years.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1960–61 SHK Hodonín CZE II
1961–62 SHK Hodonín CZE II
1962–63 Slovan ChZJD Bratislava TCH
1963–64 Slovan ChZJD Bratislava TCH 31 20 7 27
1964–65 Slovan ChZJD Bratislava TCH 32 31 10 41
1965–66 Slovan ChZJD Bratislava TCH 36 39 14 53
1966–67 Slovan ChZJD Bratislava TCH 36 40 20 60 22
1967–68 Slovan ChZJD Bratislava TCH 36 34 15 49 10 8 5 6 11
1968–69 Slovan ChZJD Bratislava TCH 36 27 20 47
1969–70 Slovan ChZJD Bratislava TCH 36 29 13 42 23
1970–71 Slovan ChZJD Bratislava TCH 33 31 15 46 7 7 3 10
1971–72 Slovan ChZJD Bratislava TCH 35 35 21 56
1972–73 Slovan ChZJD Bratislava TCH 34 22 17 39 11 4 4 8
1973–74 Slovan ChZJD Bratislava TCH 44 46 28 74
1974–75 Toronto Toros WHA 78 41 40 81 19 6 3 1 4 9
1975–76 Toronto Toros WHA 81 56 42 98 8
1976–77 Birmingham Bulls WHA 81 36 33 69 10
1977–78 Birmingham Bulls WHA 12 2 3 5 6
1977–78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 11 17 28 2 7 3 5 8 0
1978–79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 38 35 73 19
1979–80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 35 39 74 13
1980–81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 12 20 32 30
1981–82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 12 28 40 22
1982–83 New York Rangers NHL 35 12 8 20 0
1982–83 St. Louis Blues NHL 22 2 9 11 2
TCH totals 388 354 180 534 26 16 13 29
WHA totals 252 135 118 253 43 6 3 1 4 9
NHL totals 421 122 156 278 88 7 3 5 8 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1965 Czechoslovakia WC 7 4 2 6 2
1966 Czechoslovakia WC 7 5 2 7 8
1967 Czechoslovakia WC 7 1 2 3 14
1968 Czechoslovakia OLY 7 5 2 7 4
1969 Czechoslovakia WC 10 9 2 11 10
1970 Czechoslovakia WC 10 10 7 17 11
1971 Czechoslovakia WC 10 10 7 17
1972 Czechoslovakia OLY 6 8 3 11 0
1972 Czechoslovakia WC 9 9 6 15 0
1973 Czechoslovakia WC 10 9 3 12 2
1974 Czechoslovakia WC 10 10 3 13 4
Senior totals 93 80 39 119 55

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peng, Sheng (15 September 2016). "Meet 'Big Ned': The international hockey legend you never knew - TheHockeyNews". TheHockeyNews. The Hockey News. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  2. ^ Pinchevsky, Tal (2012). Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL--The Untold Story of Hockey's Great Escapes. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118096215. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  3. ^ George Gross, "Czech Hockey Star Defects to Canada", front page of The Toronto Sun July 18, 1974 (Vol. 3, No. 182). See also pp. 3 and 32-33.

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