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40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first two retirements

Postby Tomas on Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:08 pm

This guy. Announced retirement today, following the first round playoff loss of his team (HC Liberec):

http://translate.google.com/translate?s ... 0_hokej_tp

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Nedved throughout the years:

http://isport.blesk.cz/galerie/hokej-ti ... 65/?foto=0

Jagr, Slegr, Straka - still active players!
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby JS© on Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:42 pm

Was still a point per game player too.

49 GP - 19G - 31A - 50 PTS - 103 PIM

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=8684
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby dodint on Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:47 pm

Noooooooooooooooooooo. :(
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby Gaucho on Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:16 pm

:(
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby relantel on Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:57 pm

Nedved will be best remembered for two things:

The 4OT goal in 1996...



and landing us Kovalev.
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby columbia on Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:03 pm

And for being completely **** awesome. ;)
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby Tomas on Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:04 am

columbia wrote:And for being completely **** awesome. ;)


Damn straight! In the choice of "live to play (hockey)" vs. "play to live", he clearly was the master of the latter. Can Crosby ever do this? :lol:

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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby jimjom on Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:14 am

Man Nedved was a beast. What a career. Slegr was also one of my favorites.
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby Tomas on Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:19 am

Jaromir Jagr through his facebook (https://www.facebook.com/68Jagr ):

I was quite sad to read that Petr Nedved is done with hockey for good. Too bad...well, let's hope he knows what he's doing :))) He was a great hockey player (and he still is), and a guy who would never spoil any fun. And his career - I'll use his sentence "it was no festival of fu#$@ed up time", but a long, successful, wonderful hockey journey completed at the age of 42... he is THE MAN. I am glad I was able to play alongside Meda. {"little bear", Nedved's nickname}
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby dodint on Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:14 am

What bums me out about Nedved was that he never had that long streak of stability at the NHL level where he could really find a groove. His inconsistent play was part of it, but he was tossed in as a bargaining chip/spare in some of those trades. He had that stretch in New York but that wasn't a particularly good team.

4OT is obviously a big one, it was the very first video I ever downloaded from the internet, on a 28.8K dial-up modem (shout out to PulseNet). I also remember the year he got 99 points I was sitting on the couch just begging him to tip in one last point to break 100 but it just wasn't there. That was the year of that really frustrating ECF with Florida and I swear Petr was the only Pen who had any idea what he was doing because his goals were going in high while everyone else was shooting low on John Vanbiesbrouck.

My family got out of the military after the Gulf War and moved back home to Pittsburgh the summer before the 1992-93 season, I was just turning 10 years old. I discovered hockey and the Pens just won back to back cups so the atmosphere was great for it. I figured cups were automatic, and then the Islanders series happened. I didn't know it would be almost two decades before I'd see the Pens win a cup. Kevin Stevens was my favorite player, and then he was gone and Petr came in. By then I was starting to play organized hockey and he was the model for my game. We both had wicked wrist shots and I was suprisingly fast for my size so I really identified with the guy. I tucked my jersey like him and adopted 93 as my number for life. His was the first Pens jersey I ever bought, I saved my my Christmas and Birthday money and did whatever else I could, then had my Dad drive me down to Station Square and custom ordered his authentic jersey, the black one with the diagonal Pittsburgh lettering down the front. I even got a chance to meet him at the Pittsburgh Auto show one year and got him to sign it.

A friend of mine, the biggest Pens fan I know, chides me a bit about my Nedved fandom. The guy just came to the Pens right when I was finding hockey and what were ultimately the best hockey years of my life both as a fan and a player and it always just stuck with me. Although he didn't produce a ton I really, really enjoyed watching him play at Sochi even though I was certain it would be the last time I'd see the man skate. I followed his career through stats online and knew he was still doing well, but to watch him one last time on that big stage was a really wonderful way to say goodbye.

I never really sat down and wrote out the reasoning behind my total dedication to a player that only spent two years in a Pens jersey, so here it is. Had I been two years older, it would have been Kevin Stevens. Two years younger, I dunno, Stu Barnes?

Just a couple of Czechs beating up the the Capitals:

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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby columbia on Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:19 am

re: that third photo

You know Jagr must have loved that.
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby npv708 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:58 am

Having started as a Pens fan in the 90s and being a kid during Nedved's time in Pittsburgh, I have to say he was always one of my favorite Penguins on those teams. What made it even better was, I was probably around 11 or so, I had been waiting outside the igloo for players to come out. I'm pretty sure the Pens had lost the game, but Nedved came out and signed for the 10 of us or so that were waiting. What was awesome is that I had a binder with a page full of his cards in them, and he goes, take them all out. He signed each one.

Little stuff like that made Nedved awesome.
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby Lt. Dish on Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:10 pm

Tempted to start an appreciation thread for this thread. Love it, Tomas. I miss those guys--seems forever ago. Thank you!
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby MalkinIsMyHomeboy on Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:33 pm

I always used to think NHL 97 was spelling his name wrong for not adding a second 'e' in his name.
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby Penspal on Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:42 pm

Yeah, he's was one of my old favorites too. I had never seen any of those crazy photos with the women, thanks for sharing!

Thanks for the story dodint, hockey tales are fun to read.
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby JS© on Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:35 pm

relantel wrote:Nedved will be best remembered for two things:

The 4OT goal in 1996...



and landing us Kovalev.


speaking of over-40 former Penguins players...
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby JS© on Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:14 pm

Tomas wrote:Jagr, Slegr, Straka - still active players!


and then there were two...three if you include Kovalev

Roman Jedlicka wrote:Ex-NHLer Martin Straka called it a career couple minutes ago. He had great hockey life. He is olympic champion, world champion. Thanx, Marty


https://twitter.com/jedli/status/449664119399260160
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby Gaucho on Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:24 pm

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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first retirement

Postby Tomas on Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:26 pm

Straka immediately after announcing retirement (following Pilsen's QF Extraleague exit):

"Now I'll get me some beer, a cigar, and...it was beautiful 25 years."

From the Sport Daily gallery(http://isport.blesk.cz/galerie/hokej/193165/?foto=0):
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first two retireme

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:09 pm

Curious as to why a Czech hockey team would have a North American Indian as its mascot, but I digress...

Straka was a lot of fun to watch. Congrats on a retirement well earned! And stay away from the gym...
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first two retireme

Postby Tomas on Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:55 pm

Digitalgypsy66 wrote:Curious as to why a Czech hockey team would have a North American Indian as its mascot, but I digress...


Pilsen (as the only one out of the major Czech cities) was liberated by the US in the WWII - more specifically, by the "Indianhead" 2nd Infantry Division (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2nd_Infant ... _States%29).

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HC Pilsen uses their modified shoulder sleeve insignia since 2009 (after Straka bought the team) to commemorate the liberation.

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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first two retireme

Postby columbia on Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:57 pm

That's going to push every one of DG66's buttons.
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first two retireme

Postby mikey287 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:23 am

I wonder why Vastra Frolunda does then...
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first two retireme

Postby Gaucho on Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:38 pm

It's not like you'll see many Roman Senators in Ottawa either.
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Re: 40-something Czech ex-Penguins stars: first two retireme

Postby pens2005 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:40 pm

I still can't get over the fact that milbury was still at it again.

Said it cost Thornton a lot of money for his incident because Orpik wouldn't just face the music.

Awwww, poor Thornton! He was just an innocent bystander.

Edit: oops wrong thread! Sorry!
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