Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vaclav Nedomansky
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 number one 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 years 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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-1964 Slovan Bratislava Czech
1964-65 Slovan Bratislava Czech
1964-65 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 7 4 2 6 2
1965-66 Slovan Bratislava Czech
1965-66 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 7 5 2 7 8
1966-67 Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 41 29 70 22
1966-67 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 7 1 2 3 14
1967-68 Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 31 15 46 10 8 5 6 11
1967-68 Czechoslovakia Olympics 7 5 2 7 4
1968-69 Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 28 20 48
1968-69 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 9 2 11 10
1969-70 Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 29 13 42 23
1969-70 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 10 7 17 11
1970-71 Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 30 16 46 8 8 2 10
1970-71 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 10 7 17
1971-72 Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 35 21 56
1971-72 Czechoslovakia Olympics 6 8 3 11 0
1971-72 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 9 9 6 15 0
1972-73 Slovan Bratislava Czech 36 22 17 39
1972-73 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 9 3 12 2
1973-74 Slovan Bratislava Czech 44 46 28 74
1973-74 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 10 3 13 4
1974-75 Toronto Toros WHA 78 41 40 81 19 6 3 1 4 9
1975-76 Toronto Toros WHA 81 56 42 98 8
1976-77 Birmingham Bulls WHA 81 36 33 69 10
1977-78 Birmingham Bulls WHA 12 2 3 5 6
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 11 17 28 2 -17 7 3 5 8 0
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 38 35 73 19 -13
1979-80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 35 39 74 13 -5
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 12 20 32 30 -35
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 12 28 40 22 -15
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 1 1 0 1 0 -2
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 22 2 9 11 2 -8
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 34 11 8 19 0 +1
NHL Totals 421 122 156 278 88 7 3 5 8 0


WEC-A First All-Star Team (1969, 1970, 1974)
Named Best Forward at WEC-A (1974)
Paul Deneau Trophy (Most Gentlemanly Player - WHA) (1976)
Scored total of 369 goals in 419 Czech Elite League games. Signed as a free agent by Toronto (WHA), July, 1974. Transferred to Birmingham (WHA) after Toronto (WHA) franchise relocated, June 30, 1976. Traded to Detroit by Birmingham (WHA) with Tim Sheehy for the loan of Steve Durbano and Dave Hanson and future considerations, November 18, 1977. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers on September 30, 1982. Claimed on waivers by St. Louis from NY Rangers, October 6, 1982. Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis with Glen Hanlon for Andre Dore, January 4, 1983.