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Josef Malecek

Born on June 18, 1903 in Prague, Czech Republic. Forward. Josef Malecek was a major part of the early development of ice hockey in Czechoslovakia, first honing his skills with in the AC Sparta Praha club, and later becoming a legend with LTC Praha. Malecek, spent 16 seasons with LTC between 1927 and 1943, making them virtually unbeatable, as evidenced by taking 12 national titles out of 13 times it was up for grabs as well as four Spengler Cup titles. Toward the end of his career, Malecek suited up for Slovan Bratislava and lastly as a playing coach with HC Davos. Malecek already represented his national team at age 17, and starred in 17 different IIHF events, including three Olympic tournaments from 1922 to 1939. Aside from the two World Championship bronze medals, Malecek helped Czechoslovakia earn four gold, four silver and four bronze medals as part of the European Championship competitions during which he was the tournament's leading scorer on four occasions.

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