Novy's brilliant play determined the outcome of many matches, and he holds his place in history among the rankings of all Czechs and Slovaks who ever played hockey. He also put in solid performances in the NHL, in Switzerland, in Austria and in lower-level competition. At least one goal of his career made history. It was scored in the 1976 Canada Cup in a game against the home team. Czechoslovakia won 1-0 and for the first time ever beat the pick of the NHL in the country that gave birth to the game of hockey.
Novy was born on September 26, 1951, in a village by the name of Kamenne Zehrovice. He first attracted attention while on the army team of Dukla Jihlava from 1972 to 1974. In his first season, he became the best scorer in the league. He managed to do this three more times. One such time was in 1976-77, when he led many a splendid attack with Eduard Novak and Lubomir Bauer on his wings and the defensive duo Frantisek Pospisil and Frantisek Kaberle at his back and managed to rack up a record 59 goals in 44 games. Six times he was named the team's most productive player, and three times he won the Golden Stick Award for being the best player in the league. With Kladno, he won the, national title five times. And in 1976 and 1977 he became a world champion.
Stamina was Milan Novy's other great strength. He earned another record by not missing a single game in the league eight seasons in a row.
Before the 1981-82 season, he left for the NHL, where he played for the Washington Capitals. The number 6 he usually wore on his jersey was already taken. At first he wore number 26 and then 66, later made famous by Mario Lemieux. "Originally, I wanted it right away. But at the time only true stars could afford to have their way. In the first match, however, I scored and got two assists. Before the next match I came to the cabin and was surprised. Apparently the club management wanted to show their appreciation of my efforts."
A year later he played for the Swiss team SC Zurich and spent one season with EV Vienna in Austria. At the age of 35, he returned to Kladno. Originally it was only to help out for a year because the club was trying to advance to the top level of competition. He ended up staying three seasons. When it came time to retire from playing, he worked as the Kladno team secretary.