Karel Gut (16 September 1927 – 6 January 2014) was a Czech ice hockey player and coach, who later worked in sports management. He was born in Prague and later played in the Czechoslovak Extraliga.[1] While Gut played soccer in his youth, he was better known as an, "offensive-minded hockey defenseman".[2]

Karel Gut
Praha, mistrovství světa v ledním hokeji 2015, Karel Gut.jpg
"Karel Gut" VIP area in Prague's O2 Arena at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
Born (1927-09-16)16 September 1927
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Died 6 January 2014(2014-01-06) (aged 86)
Prague, Czech Republic
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Czechoslovak Extraliga
National team  Czechoslovakia
Playing career 1951–1964

Gut was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 1998, and has also been inducted into the Czechoslovakian Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. He died on January 6, 2014, at the age of 86.[3]

Playing careerEdit

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Gut eventually began playing in the Czechoslovak Extraliga with Praha ATK. He later played for Tatra Smichov from 1951 to 1953. He would play the rest of his career with Spartak Praha Sokolova TJ.[2] Gut also captained the Czechoslovakia men's national ice hockey team from 1952 to 1960.[2]

As a player, he won three bronze medals at the Ice Hockey World Championships, first in 1955 where he was voted the tournament's best defenseman,[2] then again in 1957 and in 1959. Gut also made three appearances at the Winter Olympics,[2] and six World Cup appearances.

Coaching careerEdit

In 1964 he retired from his playing career in ice hockey and became an ice hockey coach.[2]

Between 1973 and 1979 Gut was the coach for the then Czechoslovakia men's national ice hockey team who he lead on to win the gold at the Ice Hockey World Championships in 1976 in Poland and 1977 in Austria.[2][4][5]

In the late 1970s, after having observed Roger Neilson of the Toronto Maple Leafs using ringette rings and concepts during a practice in Canada, Gut went back to Czechoslovakia and introduced and modified these ideas and applied them to the training system for the national mens team's practices, which was then also applied as a training aid for Czechoslovakia's university ice hockey teams.[6]

Management careerEdit

When Czechoslovakia was divided, Gut became chairman of the Czech Ice Hockey Association. The team went on to take the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan and won four VM-Gold in 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2001.[5]


  1. ^ "elite hockey prospects - player - Karel Gut". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Biography - Karel Gut". olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Český hokej přišel o velkou osobnost, ve věku 86 let zemřel Karel Gut". Lidové noviny (in Czech). lidovky.cz. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Karel Gut har somnat in" (in Swedish). corren.se. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Karel Gut har somnat in" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  6. ^ Lawlor, Allison (2005). "Obituaries: Agnes Jacks, ringette promoter 1923–2005". The Globe and Mail.

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