Roman Čechmánek

Roman Čechmánek (Czech pronunciation: [ˈroman ˈtʃɛxmaːnɛk]; born March 2, 1971) is a former Czech professional ice hockey goaltender. He played professionally in the United States, Czech Republic, and Germany. He was born in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia.

Roman Čechmánek
Born (1971-03-02) March 2, 1971 (age 50)
Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for HC Zlín
HC Jihlava
HC Olomouc
HC Vsetín
Philadelphia Flyers
Los Angeles Kings
HC Karlovy Vary
Hamburg Freezers
Linköpings HC
HC Třinec
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 171st overall, 2000
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1989–2009

Playing careerEdit

He played for HC Vsetín in the Czech Republic from 1994 to 2000, winning five domestic titles. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. In his first season with the Flyers, Čechmánek surprised many by capturing the starting job from Brian Boucher and being one of the best goaltenders in the league. In his first season, he played in the NHL All-Star Game and finished second in voting for the Vezina Trophy. He had a disappointing playoffs, however, including allowing five goals in an embarrassing 8–0 loss in the final game of the Flyers' first round series against the Buffalo Sabres.

The next season Čechmánek had another good year and played fairly well in the first round of the playoffs. However the Philadelphia offense failed, scoring a record low number of only two goals in five games against the Ottawa Senators. Čechmánek was publicly annoyed at his teammates' performance. The next year he had another superior season, sharing the William M. Jennings Trophy with Flyers teammate Robert Esche, and Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils. Čechmánek pitched two shutouts in a second round loss to Ottawa but many blamed him for the loss due to the number of soft goals he allowed in the other four games.[1] At the end of the season he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for a second-round draft pick.

Playing behind a mediocre Kings team, Čechmánek had a disappointing season in 2003–04. He returned to the Czech Republic to play with his old team HC Vsetín during the cancelled 2004–05 NHL season. He split the 2005–06 hockey season between HC Karlovy Vary and the Hamburg Freezers. In the beginning of 2007, Čechmánek left Linköpings HC and was replaced by Rastislav Staňa. He then played for HC Třinec in the Czech Extraliga for three seasons. He retired following the 2008–09 season.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1988–89 TJ Gottwaldov TCH Jr 35 3.43
1988–89 TJ Gottwaldov TCH 1 0 0 0 13 0 0 0.00 1.000
1989–90 TJ Zlín TCH 2 0 0 0 89 5 0 3.37 .875
1990–91 ASD Dukla Jihlava TCH 9 447 18 2 2.42 .909
1991–92 TJ DS Olomouc TCH 13 731 54 0 4.43
1991–92 AC ZPS Zlín TCH 2 0 1 0 67 8 0 7.73
1991–92 SHK Hodonín CZE II
1992–93 SHK Hodonín CZE II
1993–94 TJ Zbrojovka Vsetín CZE II 41 1.43
1994–95 HC Dadák Vsetín ELH 41 21 12 8 2413 98 5 2.44 .923 11 9 2 609 24 1 2.36 .924
1995–96 HC Dadák Vsetín ELH 36 22 9 5 2081 76 4 2.19 .921 13 12 1 783 17 2 1.30 .957
1996–97 HC Petra Vsetín ELH 48 31 11 6 2760 100 3 2.17 .929 10 9 1 602 10 2 1.00 .966
1997–98 HC Petra Vsetín ELH 41 26 11 4 2245 77 8 2.06 .934 10 9 1 600 16 1 1.60 .947
1997–98 HC Petra Vsetín EuroHL 5 3 2 307 12 1 2.34 .903 4 2 2 240 10 1 2.50 .915
1998–99 HC Slovnaft Vsetín ELH 36 22 4 10 2155 67 3 1.87 .938 11 8 3 675 22 1 1.96 .926
1998–99 HC Slovnaft Vsetín EuroHL 2 0 2 119 8 0 4.03
1999–2000 HC Slovnaft Vsetín ELH 37 20 10 7 2141 88 2 2.47 .924 9 6 3 543 15 3 1.66 .944
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 59 35 15 6 3431 115 10 2.01 .921 6 2 4 347 18 0 3.12 .891
2000–01 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 3 1 1 0 160 3 0 1.12 .969
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 46 24 13 6 2603 89 4 2.05 .921 4 1 3 227 7 1 1.85 .936
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 58 33 15 10 3350 102 6 1.83 .925 13 6 7 867 31 2 2.14 .909
2003–04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 18 21 6 2701 113 5 2.51 .906
2004–05 Vsetínská Hokejová ELH 35 15 18 2 1974 88 3 2.67 .922
2005–06 HC Energie Karlovy Vary ELH 12 4 7 1 594 29 1 2.93 .915
2005–06 Hamburg Freezers DEL 27 1535 66 3 2.58 .909 6 366 17 0 2.78 .910
2006–07 Linköpings HC SEL 26 10 11 4 1490 67 0 2.70 .905
2006–07 HC Oceláři Třinec ELH 6 4 2 0 371 12 0 1.94 .948 9 5 4 569 20 0 2.11 .943
2007–08 HC Oceláři Třinec ELH 18 4 14 0 977 53 0 3.25 .916
2008–09 HC Oceláři Třinec ELH 34 16 18 0 1823 99 2 3.26 .916
TCH totals 27 1347 85 2 3.79
ELH totals 344 185 116 43 0 19,534 787 31 2.41 .926 73 58 15 4381 124 10 1.70 .945
NHL totals 212 110 64 28 12,086 419 25 2.08 .919 23 9 14 1440 56 3 2.33 .909

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Czechoslovakia
Men's ice hockey
European Junior Championships
  1989 Soviet Union
World Junior Championships
  1991 Canada
Representing   Czech Republic
Winter Olympics
  1998 Nagano
World Championships
  1999 Norway
  2000 Russia
  1997 Finland

His only Olympic appearance was for the Czech Republic in the 1998 Winter Olympics, serving as backup to star goaltender Dominik Hašek, although he did not play a single game. Čechmánek won a gold medal after the Czech team defeated Russia 1–0 in the gold medal deciding game. His other appearances were in the 2004 and 2007 IHWC, also with the Czech Republic team.

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1989 Czechoslovakia EJC 6 319 16 3.01
1991 Czechoslovakia WJC 3 151 5 1.99
1995 Czech Republic WC 1 0 1 0 60 4 0 4.00 .902
1996 Czech Republic WC DNP
1996 Czech Republic WCH DNP
1997 Czech Republic WC 8 479 17 0 2.13 .929
1998 Czech Republic OG DNP
1998 Czech Republic WC 2 108 3 0 1.68 .929
1999 Czech Republic WC 4 197 8 1 2.44 .900
2000 Czech Republic WC 8 7 1 0 480 16 1 2.00 .925
2002 Czech Republic OG DNP
2004 Czech Republic WC 1 1 0 0 60 1 0 1.00 .944
2004 Czech Republic WCH DNP
2007 Czech Republic WC 7 3 4 418 18 0 2.58 .894
Junior totals 9 470 21 2.68
Senior totals 29 1802 67 2 2.23

TransactionsEdit

HonoursEdit

  • Named Best Goaltender at the World Championships – 2000.
  • Named to the All-Star Team at the World Championships – 2000.
  • Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game – 2001.
  • Named to National Hockey League All-Star Second Team – 2000–01.
  • William M. Jennings Trophy (shared with Martin Brodeur and teammate Robert Esche) – 2002–03.

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Preceded by
Mark Recchi
Jeremy Roenick
Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
2001
2003
Succeeded by
Jeremy Roenick
Mark Recchi
Preceded by
Patrick Roy
Tri-winner of the Jennings Trophy
(with Robert Esche and Martin Brodeur)

2003
Succeeded by
Martin Brodeur