Nedomanský, who was born in Hodonín to Slovak parents, starred for over a decade with Slovan Bratislava. He also represented Czechoslovakia at 9 world championships and 2 Olympics (winning silver in 1968 and bronze in 1972).
The fact that Big Ned never got long lasting respect is a bit of a surprise, given that he finished his career in North America. He defected to Canada in 1974 and played in the WHA with the Toronto Toros and then the Birmingham Bulls when the franchise relocated there. He later joined the Detroit Red Wings for several seasons before bouncing around the league in his NHL days.
There are 20 relics of Nedomanský's career up for bids at ClassicAuctions.net including:
- 1968 Olympics silver medal
- 1972 Olympic bronze medal
- 1976 WHA Paul Denau Trophy
- 1969 World Championships game worn jersey
- Various world championship medals
Check out Greatest Hockey Legends' full bio on Václav Nedomanský here.