Thursday, March 10, 2011

Václav Nedomanský: International Man of Mystery

by Joe Pelletier

One of the most under-appreciated and even unknown early greats of international hockey would have to the big Czecho-Slovak star Václav Nedomanský.

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 including:

Check out Greatest Hockey Legends' full bio on Václav Nedomanský here. 

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