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Frantisek Cernik
Frantisek Cernik
Left Wing
Number: 21
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 189
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Born: Jun 3, 1953
Birthplace: Novy Jicin, Czech Republic
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on July 5, 1983.
Frantisek Cernik grew up playing hockey in his native Czech Republic, joining the elite junior ranks in 1968-69 at the age of 15 with Bank Ostrava. The next four years were spent with TJ Vitkovice before he advanced to the senior team from 1973-75.

From 1976 through 1984, Cernik played primarily with Dukla Jilhava and TJ Vitkovice while also representing the Czech Republic on the national team at numerous World Championships and the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo. He was also a member of the 1976 Czech team which lost a thrilling championship final against Team Canada in the former Canada Cup, now known as the World Cup of Hockey.

Cernik's entire NHL career took place in 1984-85, with the Detroit Red Wings. He originally signed as a free agent with the Quebec Nordiques on September 17, 1979, but never did report to the team. Four years later he had signed with the Red Wings as a free agent on July 3, 1983. In 49 games with the Wings, Cernik contributed five goals and nine points. Cernik, who had always been known as a strong two-way player in international hockey, seemed to have a tough time adjusting to the smaller NHL ice surfaces and never really was able to adapt to the style of game.

In 1985-86, Cernik opted to play a season in Germany with ESV Kaufbeuren. In 40 games, he scored 23 times and counted 67 points. He then moved to Austria where he played for two years. Ironically, his final pro season in 1987-88 was by far his best in terms of points production. As a leader with EC Graz, Cernik potted a league-high 64 goals and 104 points in just 30 games.

Cernik still lives in the Czech Republic with his family and now serves as the general manager for the country's national team which competes at the World Championships and the Olympics.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80