Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Zdenek Nedved
Right-winger Zdenek Nedved scored a dazzling goal on his first NHL shift but never became a regular in the league. He was a fine puck handler with a good wrist shot but he was unable to fight through the close checking of the NHL with regularity.

Born in Lany, Czechoslovakia, Nedved was a teenage star with Poldi Kladno. His family sent him to North America to play junior and develop his game more completely. Nedved became a fine scorer with the OHL's Sudbury Wolves and was chosen 123rd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993. He scored 97 goals his last two years of junior and represented the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships in 1994 and 1995. During the 1994 tourney played in his homeland, Nedved was among the top scorers while wreaking havoc in the offensive zone with David Vyborny.

Nedved played one game for Toronto late in 1994-95 then prepared for the upcoming training camp. He made the 1995-96 edition of the Leafs and scored a goal early in the season opener at Pittsburgh. Nedved's play tailed off over the next month and he was sent down to the St. John's Maple Leafs of the AHL. Eventually his season was ruined by a serious shoulder injury suffered in a mishap during practice. The next year Nedved played 23 games for Toronto but was unable to perform consistently. Nedved played for St. John's then the IHL's Long Beach Ice Dogs before retiring in 1998.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Poldi Kladno Jr. Czech-Jr. 19 15 12 27 22
1992-93 Sudbury Wolves OHL 18 3 9 12 6
1993-94 Sudbury Wolves OHL 60 50 50 100 42 10 7 8 15 10
1993-94 Czech Republic WJC-A 7 4 3 7 10
1994-95 Sudbury Wolves OHL 59 47 51 98 36 18 12 16 28 16
1994-95 Czech Republic WJC-A 7 4 4 8 10
1994-95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 1 1 2 6 -1
1995-96 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 41 13 14 27 22 4 2 0 2 0
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 23 3 5 8 6 +4
1996-97 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 51 9 25 34 34 7 2 2 4 6
1997-98 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 19 3 8 11 18 -3
1997-98 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 45 7 8 15 24 -6 3 1 0 1 2
1998-99 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 10 0 2 2 8
1998-99 HC Sparta Praha EuroHL 3 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Lukko Rauma Finland 30 4 7 11 22
1999-00 Lukko Rauma Finland 54 28 18 46 50 4 0 0 0 2
2000-01 Lukko Rauma Finland 51 17 14 31 36 1 0 0 0 0
2001-02 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 55 18 15 33 38 8 4 3 7 0
2002-03 Kassel Huskies Germany 48 16 10 26 26 7 1 1 2 4
2003-04 Hannover Scorpions Germany 51 12 17 29 28 5 2 1 3 2
2004-05 Karpat Oulu Finland 4 0 0 0 2
2005-06 Anyang Halla AsianHL 38 26 23 49 18 4 1 2 3 0
2006-07 Anyang Halla AsianHL 28 16 20 36 36 3 2 2 4 20
2007-08 HC Geus Okna Kladno CzRep 29 4 4 8 28 9 0 2 2 4
2008-09 HC Geus Okna Kladno CzRep 14 1 3 4 4
2009-10 HC '05 Banska Bystrica Slovakia 15 4 5 9 6
2009-10 HKm Zvolen Slovakia 21 6 5 11 10 5 2 1 3 0
NHL Totals 31 4 6 10 14


Signed as a free agent by Kassel (Germany), August 18, 2002.