Milan Hnilička

Milan Hnilička[1] (born June 25, 1973) is a Czech former ice hockey goalie who played in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers and the Los Angeles Kings and politician. He was a member of the Chamber of Deputies since 2017, but resigned in January 2021 after attending a party in breach of coronavirus restrictions.[2] He was drafted 70th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. In 2000, Milan won the Calder Cup while playing for the Hartford Wolf Pack. He last played in the Czech Extraliga for Bílí Tygři Liberec. He announced his retirement in August 2010. Internationally Hnilička represented the Czechoslovakian national junior team and the Czech national senior team at multiple tournaments, including the 2006 Winter Olympics, where he won a bronze medal.

Milan Hnilička
Milan Hnilička Liberec.jpg
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
21 October 2017 – 26 January 2021
Personal details
Born (1973-06-25) June 25, 1973 (age 49)
Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
Ice hockey career
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Czech Extraliga team
Former teams
Bílí Tygři Liberec
New York Rangers
Atlanta Thrashers
Los Angeles Kings
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 70th overall, 1991
New York Islanders
Playing career 1989–2010
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold medal – first place 1998 Nagano Team
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Torino Team

Playing careerEdit

Hnilička played for Poldi SONP Kladno in the Czechoslovak Extraliga for several years. At the 1991 NHL Entry Draft he was selected 70th overall by the New York Islanders, and moved to North America in 1992, spending one season in major junior with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, helping them reach the 1993 Memorial Cup. He then spent 2 seasons in the minor leagues before returning to the Czech Extraliga, where he played a further 4 seasons. Signed by the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League in 1999, he made his NHL debut on October 14, 1999 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played 2 games for the Rangers, spending the majority of the season with their American Hockey League affiliate the Hartford Wolf Pack, winning the Calder Cup with them as AHL champions.

Signing as a free agent with the Atlanta Thrashers, he would spend 3 seasons with them, before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 2003. Hnilička mainly played for the Kings' AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, appearing in 2 games for the Kings. He returned to the Czech Republic in 2004 and played 5 seasons with Bílí Tygři Liberec, as well as briefly playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Russian Superleague in 2007–08. Hnilička's last games were in 2009–10 when he played 3 games for Slavia Praha. He holds the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets franchise record for saves in one game with 53 on December 18, 2001 against the Boston Bruins.

International playEdit

Hnilička played his first game for the Czechoslovak junior team in 1990 at the 1990 European Junior Championships, winning a bronze medal. He played again for the Czechoslovakian junior team at the 1991 World Junior Championships, again winning bronze. He was named to the Czechoslovakian senior team for both the 1991 Canada Cup and 1991 World Championships, but did not play in either tournament. Hnilička's final tournament for Czechoslovakia was the 1992 World Junior Championships, where the team finished fifth.

With the dissolution of Czechoslovakia he began to represent the Czech national team, playing in 7 World Championships and the 1998 and 2006 Winter Olympics (though he did not play in 1998). He won gold at the 1999, 2001, and 2005 World Championships, as well as a silver in 2006 and bronze in both 1997 and 1998.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1988–89 Poldi SONP Kladno CSSR U18 34 2.51 .921
1989–90 Poldi SONP Kladno CSSR 24 1113 70 3.77
1990–91 Poldi SONP Kladno CSSR 40 2122 98 2.80 .902
1991–92 Poldi SONP Kladno CSSR 38 2066 128 3.73
1992–93 Swift Current Broncos WHL 65 46 12 2 3679 206 2 3.36 .896 17 12 5 1017 54 2 3.19 .911
1992–93 Swift Current Broncos M-Cup 4 4.72
1993–94 Richmond Renegades ECHL 43 18 16 5 2299 155 4 4.05 .883
1993–94 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 8 5 1 0 378 25 0 3.97 .892
1994–95 Denver Grizzlies IHL 15 9 4 1 798 47 1 3.53 .890
1995–96 Poldi Kladno CZE 33 16 12 5 1895 151 1 4.78 .868 8 3 5 492 24 0 2.93 .916
1996–97 Poldi Kladno CZE 48 20 17 11 2741 120 4 2.63 .928 3 0 3 150 14 0 5.60 .863
1997–98 Sparta Praha CZE 49 25 14 10 2498 90 6 2.16 .943 11 5 6 631 33 0 3.14 .912
1998–99 Sparta Praha CZE 50 27 15 8 2876 109 4 2.27 .925 8 5 3 501 12 2 1.44 .960
1999–00 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 1 0 86 5 0 3.49 .886
1999–00 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 36 22 11 0 1979 71 5 2.15 .928 3 0 1 99 6 0 3.64 .854
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 36 12 19 2 1879 105 2 3.35 .890
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 60 13 33 10 3367 179 3 3.19 .908
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 21 4 13 1 1097 65 0 3.56 .893
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 15 11 2 1 838 33 1 2.36 .922
2003–04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 2 0 1 0 80 5 0 3.76 .881
2003–04 Manchester Monarchs AHL 20 8 10 0 1022 44 1 2.58 .908 2 0 2 127 5 0 2.37 .914
2004–05 Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 46 28 16 2 2740 106 5 2.32 .928 12 5 7 702 32 0 2.74 .927
2005–06 Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 45 29 11 5 2644 75 6 1.70 .940 4 1 3 158 10 0 3.80 .861
2006–07 Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 40 28 12 2370 73 4 1.85 .943 12 5 7 716 34 0 2.85 .916
2007–08 Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 15 11 4 890 30 2 2.02 .937
2007–08 Salavat Yulaev Ufa RSL 9 560 18 1 1.93 .918 1 1 59 0 3.02 .885
2008–09 Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 22 9 13 1243 66 0 3.19 .910
2009–10 Slavia Praha CZE 3 0 3 178 13 0 4.38 .833
CZE totals 351 193 117 41 20,075 833 32 2.49 .925 58 24 34 3350 159 2 2.85 .919
NHL totals 121 29 67 13 6509 359 5 3.31 .900

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1990 Czechoslovakia EJC 4 2.78 .864
1991 Czechoslovakia WJC 5 4 1 0 269 14 1 3.12
1991 Czechoslovakia EJC
1991 Czechoslovakia WC DNP
1991 Czechoslovakia CC DNP
1992 Czechoslovakia WJC 6 329 20 0 3.65 .853
1992 Czechoslovakia WC DNP
1997 Czech Republic WC 1 1 0 0 60 3 0 3.00 .885
1998 Czech Republic OG DNP
1998 Czech Republic WC 8 4 1 2 430 10 2 1.39 .940
1999 Czech Republic WC 9 429 16 1 2.24 .911
2001 Czech Republic WC 9 8 0 1 541 13 1 1.44 .952
2002 Czech Republic WC 5 4 1 0 299 9 1 1.81 .917
2005 Czech Republic WC 1 1 0 0 60 0 1 0.00 1.000
2006 Czech Republic OG 3 1 1 0 128 6 0 2.82 .878
2006 Czech Republic WC 9 5 2 2 548 24 0 2.63 .893
2008 Czech Republic WC 6 3 3 371 16 1 2.59 .878
Senior totals 57 2866 97 7 2.03

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Prague Post
  2. ^ Michaela Rambousková (26 January 2021). "Byla to chyba a určitě ne poslední, řekl Hnilička a složil mandát poslance". seznamzpravy.cz. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  3. ^ He is world champion from 1999,2001 and 2005. lng=CZ&webid=472&view=hrac_info&idh=136 Stats at hokej.cz Archived 2009-01-05 at the Wayback Machine (in Czech)

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