Václav Nedomanský

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Václav Nedomanský
Born (1944-03-14) March 14, 1944 (age 72)
Hodonín, Bohemia and Moravia, Nazi Germany
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, Bohemia and Moravia, Nazi Germany (now Czech Republic) 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 [1]. He is manager of the Slovak national team in North America.

Career after defection[edit]

Nedomanský defected in 1974 to Toronto via Switzerland.[2] 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
1963–64 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech
1964–65 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech 32 31 10 41
1965–66 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 39 14 53
1966–67 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 41 29 70 22
1967–68 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 31 15 46 10 8 5 6 11
1968–69 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 28 20 48
1969–70 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 29 13 42 23
1970–71 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 30 16 46 8 8 2 10
1971–72 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 35 21 56
1972–73 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 22 17 39
1973–74 HC Slovan Bratislava Czech 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
Czech totals 296 262 159 421 16 13 8 21
NHL totals 421 122 156 278 88 7 3 5 8 0
WHA totals 252 135 118 253 43 6 3 1 4 9

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. ^ NHL.com, NHL - International timeline
  2. ^ 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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