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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.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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