Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Milan Novy
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.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1963-1968 SONP Kladno Jr. Czech-Jr.
1968-71 SONP Kladno Czech
1971-72 SONP Kladno Czech 36 19 14 33
1972-73 Dukla Jihlava Czech 40 39 17 56 18
1973-74 Dukla Jihlava Czech 44 34 23 57 18
1974-75 SONP Kladno Czech 40 46 22 68 38
1974-75 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 4 4 8 4
1975-76 SONP Kladno Czech 32 32 25 57 14
1975-76 Czechoslovakia Olympics 5 5 0 5 0
1975-76 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 9 6 15 4
1976-77 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 7 5 3 8 2
1976-77 Poldi SONP Kladno Czech 44 59 31 90
1976-77 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 7 9 16 2
1977-78 Poldi SONP Kladno Czech 44 40 35 75 64
1977-78 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 9 4 1 5 2
1978-79 Poldi SONP Kladno Czech 22 24 15 39 4 22 9 8 17
1978-79 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 5 0 2 2 4
1979-80 Poldi SONP Kladno Czech 44 36 30 66 20
1979-80 Czechoslovakia Olympics 6 7 8 15 0
1980-81 Poldi SONP Kladno Czech 16 19 42 61 12 28 13 6 19
1980-81 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 8 6 2 8 2
1981-82 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 6 1 2 3 7
1981-82 Poldi SONP Kladno Czech 44 29 38 67 40
1981-82 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 3 1 4 6
1982-83 Washington Capitals NHL 73 18 30 48 16 +1 2 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Czechoslovakia Nat-Tm 35 19 8 27 25
1983-84 Zurcher SC Swiss 38 31 23 54
1984-85 Zurcher SC Swiss-2 40 40 44 84
1985-86 Vienna EV Austria 40 31 50 81 16
1986-87 Poldi SONP Kladno Czech-2
1987-88 Poldi SONP Kladno Czech 47 24 29 53 10
1988-89 Poldi SONP Kladno Czech 40 15 19 34 2
NHL Totals 73 18 30 48 16 2 0 0 0 0


WEC-A All-Star Team (1976)
Canada Cup All-Star Team (1976)
Czechoslovakian Player of the Year (1977, 1981, 1982)