Vladimír Dzurilla

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Vladimír Dzurilla
Born (1942-08-02)August 2, 1942
Bratislava, Slovakia
Died July 25, 1995(1995-07-25) (aged 52)
Düsseldorf, Germany
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for HC Slovan Bratislava
HC Plzeň
Kometa Brno
Augsburger Panther
SC Riessersee
National team  Czechoslovakia
Playing career 1959–1982
Olympic medal record
Representing  Czechoslovakia
Men’s Ice hockey
Bronze medal – third place 1964 Innsbruck Ice hockey
Silver medal – second place 1968 Grenoble Ice hockey
Bronze medal – third place 1972 Sapporo Ice hockey

Vladimír Dzurilla (August 2, 1942 in Bratislava, Slovakia – July 25, 1995 in Düsseldorf, Germany) was a Slovak ice hockey goaltender playing for Czechoslovakia.

Dzurilla, a refrigerator repairman by profession, was goalie for the Czechoslovak national team for over 16 years, winning three gold, three silver and four bronze medals at world championships as well as one silver and two bronze Olympic medals. However, in most of these tournaments Dzurilla and Jiri Holecek were battling to be Czechoslovakia's top goaltender and each were given their share of games.

For North American fans, he is mostly known for stopping 29 shots in a 1-0 win over Canada in the 1976 Canada Cup (where the Czechoslovaks finished second).[1]

He suffered a fatal heart attack at his home in Düsseldorf, Germany on July 25, 1995, only days before his 53rd birthday.


  1. ^ "Vladimir Dzurilla Biography". telus.net. Archived from the original on April 9, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2010.

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