Retired forward Václav Nedomanský has become the second Czech to be inducted into ice hockey’s Hall of Fame. A member of the Czechoslovak world championship winning team in 1972, was the first player from behind the Iron Curtain to defect and play in the NHL. Nedomanský joins goaltender Dominik Hašek, who is the only other Czech to receive this accolade.
Retired forward Václav Nedomanský has become the second Czech to be
inducted into ice hockey’s Hall of Fame in Toronto. The other Czech to
have received this accolade was goaltender Dominik Hašek, back in 2014.
Nedomanský, now 75 and living in California, was a member of the Czechoslovak world championship winning team in 1972 and scored 163 goals in 220 games for the national side.
He later fled from communist Czechoslovakia and arrived in Toronto via Switzerland. It was not until Nedomanský was 33 that he began his career in the NHL, with stops at the Detroit Red Wings, the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.
After his active career, Nedomanský initially worked as a coach, in Schwenningen and Innsbruck. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, he worked as a scout in Europe for the Los Angeles Kings.
The National Hockey League’s 2019-20 regular season begins on Friday when
the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Chicago Blackhawks at Prague’s O2
Several Czech nationals will face off against each other. Playing for the Flyers is Jakub Voráček, the team’s right winger and an alternate captain. Playing for the Blackhawks are forward David Kämpf and centre Dominik Kubalík, in his NHL debut.
Although originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2013, Kubalík has had to wait until now for a chance to actually play in the NHL and spent last season playing in Switzerland.
This is the third straight year that the NHL returns to Europe as part of its efforts to grow the local fan base in hockey-mad countries such as the Czech Republic.
The match starts at 8pm local Prague time. It is the showcase event of the 2019 NHL Global Series.
Police arrested 28 fans of the Banik Ostrava football club following a riot
after the team lost an away match against Sparta Praha by a score of 0:2 on
The visiting fans attacked local supporters, firefighters and police officers. At least one victim has been hospitalised.
Of those arrested 19 could be charged for disturbing the peace while seven may face charges for instigating a riot.
Sparta Prague manager Václav Jílek has accused his players of making
trivial and naive mistakes in defence after a 3:4 defeat at Mladá Boleslav
in Czech football’s First League on Sunday. Sparta have seven points out
of a possible 15 after the first five rounds of the season.
Defending champions Slavia Prague are first on 13 points after a 1:0 win over Jablonec at the weekend. Viktoria Plzen were beaten 2:0 at home by Slovácko; last season’s runners-up have now failed to score in four games.
Two NHL teams will begin their 2019-20 campaigns overseas. The Philadelphia
Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks will start next season in the Czech capital,
Both teams have Czech-born players on their rosters: Radko Gudas and Jakub Voráček play for the Flyers while Dominik Kahun and David Kampf are with the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks last opened their season in Europe back in 2009, when they played the Florida Panthers in Helsinki, Finland.