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Vaclav Nedomansky
Vaclav Nedomansky
Center
Number: 20
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 205
Shoots:
Born: Mar 14, 1944
Birthplace: Hodonin, Czech Republic
Hometown: Hodonin. Czech Republic
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Birmingham (WHA) with Tim Sheehy for the loan of Steve Durbano and Dave Hanson and future considerations on November 18, 1977.
Nedomansky was born on March 14, 1944 in Hodonin, but throughout his entire Czech career he was in some way tied to Slovan Bratislava, a team where he spent 12 seasons. Had he not decided to go for hockey, he would have made a good soccer player. He even played one match for Slovan in the Czech league. But in the end hockey won out and Nedomansky went on to become practically indispensable to the Czech national team.

Four times he was No. 1 in the league in goals scored. Including his time on the national team, he put 559 shots into the net altogether and led the historic ranking of the Czech Club of League Scorers, which rates players by total goals scored on the professional level. Only Milan Novy and in the 1998-99 season Vladimir Ruzicka have been able to beat him. He played in two Olympics and on 10 World Championship teams, including the one that won the title in 1972. During his career, his name has been linked to most of the successes as well as the failures in Czech hockey. But then one day it all came to an end.

Nedomansky defected in 1974 to Toronto via Switzerland and for three seasons they played for the local Toros and later for the Birmingham Bulls of the WHA. Big Ned, got the Paul Deneau Trophy in 1976 for most gentlemanly player and followed it up with another career move. He transferred to the NHL, playing for Detroit, the New York Rangers and St. Louis, then called it quits at the age of 39.

In 1987-89 he coached the German club Schwenningen, and for one season the Innsbruck hockey club in Austria. He also wrote regular columns for the Swiss magazine Sport. Only after the fall of the Iron Curtain was he able to return to his homeland. By that time he was working as a European talent scout for the Los Angeles Kings.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89