Roman Červenka (born 10 December 1985) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently playing for the SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the National League (NL). He formerly played with Slavia Praha of the Czech Extraliga, Avangard Omsk and Lev Praha both of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was the leading goal scorer in the KHL in 2010–11 and was named to the All-Star team in 2011–12 before moving to North America after signing a contract with the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Calgary Flames.
10 December 1985|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)|
SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers|
SKA Saint Petersburg
|National team||Czech Republic|
Internationally, Červenka has played with the Czech Republic national team on several occasions, winning a bronze medal at the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and gold and bronze at the 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Championships, respectively. Additionally, he represented his country as a member of the Czech team at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Červenka began playing with Slavia Praha's junior teams, playing for the under-18 team in 2000–01 and 2001–02, and the under-20 team in 2002–03 and 2003–04. During the 2003–04 season, he also made his Czech Extraliga debut, playing a total of 15 games with the top-level team. After playing for various junior-level and 1 Liga teams during the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons, Červenka rejoined Slavia Praha in 2006–07. In 2008–09, he scored 59 points (28 goals and 31 assists) in 51 games.
Červenka has represented the Czech Republic with the national team on multiple occasions. He earned a bronze medal at the 2005 World Junior Championships. He also played at the 2009 IIHF World Championship and was selected to play for the 2010 Winter Olympics. At the time of the Olympic team selection, Červenka was leading the Extraliga with 55 points in 35 games.
On 25 May 2010, Červenka signed a two-year contract with Russian club Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He earned a place on the left wing of the first line alongside his countryman Jaromír Jágr and established himself as a prolific KHL scoring forward. In his first season in the league, Červenka was selected to play in the Kontinental Hockey League All-Star Game, collecting more fan votes than any other skater in the league. Having scored 31 times in the 2010–11 season, Červenka earned the Top Goalscorer award from the KHL.
On 2 May 2012, Červenka signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $975,000 and a maximum of $3.775 million with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). His debut with the team was delayed by the 2012–13 NHL lockout, during which he returned to play for Slavia Praha. He appeared in 9 games for the team, scoring 13 points. He left the team due to injury, then returned to action with Lev Praha of the KHL, but suffered another injury after only five games. He was further sidelined by a blood clot issue that left him out of the Flames' lineup to start the 2012–13 NHL season. Červenka missed the first three games of the season before making his NHL debut on 26 January 2013 in a 4–3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. He scored his first NHL point (an assist) in the following game, against the Colorado Avalanche. Červenka's year with the Flames was disappointing largely due to missing training camp, subpar conditioning, struggling with the English language and coaches finding his defensive zone play to be a liability.
On 16 May 2013, Červenka returned to the KHL after signing a three-year contract with SKA Saint Petersburg. He left after two years and then spent the 2015–16 season with Piráti Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga; he scored 23 goals and provided 38 assists in 49 games during the regular season, ranking first in league scoring.
In March 2016, he signed with HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the Swiss National League (NL). After two seasons in Fribourg, on 23 May 2018, Červenka joined ZSC Lions on a one-year contract. On 20 June 2019, Červenka signed a one-year contract with his third Swiss club, SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers, to remain in the NL.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2003–04||HC Slavia Praha||ELH||15||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||HC Slavia Praha||ELH||22||0||0||0||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||HC Slavia Praha||ELH||51||6||6||12||54||6||3||1||4||6|
|2007–08||HC Slavia Praha||ELH||41||19||11||30||72||14||4||4||8||20|
|2008–09||HC Slavia Praha||ELH||51||28||31||59||56||18||13||11||24||20|
|2009–10||HC Slavia Praha||ELH||50||30||43||73||56||16||9||15||24||34|
|2012–13||HC Slavia Praha||ELH||9||5||8||13||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||HC Lev Praha||KHL||5||1||2||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||SKA Saint Petersburg||KHL||53||14||25||39||34||10||6||11||17||8|
|2014–15||SKA Saint Petersburg||KHL||55||13||23||36||22||22||2||5||7||10|
|Representing Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
Awards and honoursEdit
|KHL Best Sniper Award||2010–11|||
|Golden Helmet Award
- Prague Post
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- "Czech Republic finalizes Olympic hockey squad". The Sports Network. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2010.[dead link]
- "Provisional Rosters". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- "Чемпион мира, лучший нападающий Чемпионата Чехии подписал двухлетний контракт с "Авангардом"" [The World Champion signs a two-year contract] (in Russian). Avangard Omsk. 25 May 2010. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
- "Fans' Choice". KHL. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- "The League's Finest". KHL. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
- Sportak, Randy (7 January 2013). "Newcomer Cervenka won't be starting camp". Calgary Sun. p. S8.
- Maki, Alan (27 January 2013). "Flames respond to early-season struggles with 4–3 win over Oilers". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- "Paul Stastny scores twice to lead Avs past Flames". ESPN. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- Francis, Eric (15 May 2013). "Roman Cervenka was a risk worth taking for Calgary Flames". Calgary Sun.
- Sportak, Randy. "Flames' Cervenka shows he deserves another look". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
- Gilbertson, Wes (15 May 2013). "Flames forward Roman Cervenka has signed with St. Petersburg of the KHL". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
- Fox, Luke (16 May 2013). "Flames' Cervenka signs with KHL team". sortsnet.ca.
- "Le champion du monde Roman Červenka renforcera Fribourg-Gottéron pour la saison 2016/2017 | HC Fribourg-Gottéron". www.gotteron.ch. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
- Роман Червенка: «Ягр требовал, чтобы я платил ему за работу пресс-атташе»
- Duhatschek, Eric (2 May 2012). "Flames splash cash to sign Roman Cervenka". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- Busby, Ian (25 May 2012). "Flames signee a KHL all-star". Calgary Sun. p. S7.