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Miroslav Ihnacak
Miroslav Ihnacak
Left Wing
Number: 35
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175
Shoots:
Born: Feb 19, 1962
Birthplace: Poprad, Czech Republic
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on November 18, 1988.
Drafted: TOR / 1982 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 9th (171st overall)
A much anticipated talent after his defection from Czechoslovakia, Miroslav Ihnacak never fulfilled the promise of the reports that came from overseas. He was blessed with speed and natural offensive instincts which were demonstrated clearly in Europe and the minor leagues but did not translate to the North American game.

Born in Poprad, Czechoslovakia, Ihnacak learned the game playing on a frozen river or the open air rink used by the local second division club. He play impressed fans with the Czechoslovakian entry at the 1979 European Junior Championships when he was placed on the tournament all-star team. Ihnacak played four and a half seasons with VSZ Kosice in the Czechoslovakian league where he became known all over the country. In 1984-85, he led the league in scoring with 66 points in 43 games.

The Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Ihnacak 171st overall in 1982 just in case they were able to get him out of the country at some point. After his brother, Peter, defected in 1982, 19-year-old Miroslav was forbidden to play in any tournaments outside Czechoslovakia or the Soviet Union. Consequently, North American scouts were unfamiliar with his play and had only the reports of the Czechoslovak observers. In addition, Ihnacak's development as a player was stunted by a lack of access to top level competition.

The younger Ihnacak defected part way through the 1985-86 season and joined Toronto just before Christmas. He arrived in Toronto with much fanfare, as much because of his odyssey to gain personal freedom as his ability. Toronto officials refused to divulge the specifics of the trip from Bratislava to North America, via Vienna, Austria. Suffice to say much of the nearly $200,000 cost of the arrangements took the form of bribing people for assistance.

Ihnacak showed glimpses of his potential and scored a goal in his first game playing on a line with his brother, Peter, and another Czech, Miroslav Frycer. The honeymoon was short-lived, however, as he seemed uncertain around the net and totally helpless defensively and ended up spending more time in the minors than at the NHL level. He struggled to adjust to the pro game and often appeared dejected and unmotivated with Toronto's AHL farm teams in St. Catharines and Newmarket.

The Detroit Red Wings signed him as a free agent early in the 1988-89 season. Ihnacak played one last NHL game with the Wings that year before starting a fine three-year run in the AHL. He recorded 105 goals in three minor pro seasons split between the Adirondack Red Wings and Halifax Citadels before returning to Europe.

Ihnacak played in Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic before heeding home to VSZ Kosice, now a Slovakian team playing in the Czech elite division. During this period he played one more game in North America with the IHL's Milwaukee Admirals. In 1995 he scored seven goals in eight games for Slovakia at the World Championships "B" Pool which they won to qualify for the "A" Pool.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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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