Vladimír Zábrodský

Vladimír Zábrodský (7 March 1923 – 20 March 2020) was a Czechoslovak ice hockey and tennis player. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, he won a silver medal with the Czechoslovakian national team at the 1948 Winter Olympics, and won the world championships (1947 and 1949). He also represented Czechoslovakia at three Davis Cup tournaments: in 1948, 1955, and 1956.

Vladimír Zábrodský
Born (1923-03-07)7 March 1923
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Died 20 March 2020(2020-03-20) (aged 97)
Stockholm, Sweden
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for LTC Prague
Spartak ČKD Sokolovo
Bohemians ČKD Praha
Playing career 1940–1965

He was one of the inaugural members of the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997.[1] He played in the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League for LTC Prague from 1940 to 1950, Spartak ČKD Sokolovo from 1950 to 1960, and Bohemians ČKD Praha from 1963 to 1965, collecting 306 goals.

Zábrodský was also a tennis player and member of the Czechoslovakian Davis Cup team.

Zábrodský was born in Prague. His mother was Russian, and his brother Oldřich was also a hockey player.[2]

In 1965 Zábrodský defected to Sweden, where he would spend the rest of his life. Zábrodský and his wife used fake passports and traveled through Hungary and Yugoslavia before reaching Switzerland, where Oldřich, who was playing for Lausanne HC, met them. He took up coaching ice hockey, and worked for Leksands IF, Djurgårdens IF, and Rögle BK.[1] Later on Zábrodský returned to tennis, serving as a coach. He died on 20 March 2020 in Stockholm at the age of 97.[3]


  1. ^ a b Podnieks, Andrew (20 March 2020). "Hall of Famer Zabrodsky passes". IIHF. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  2. ^ Alena Gilbert: Hokejista Oldřich Zábrodský o životě v emigraci at Krajane.net, 3 June 2008.
  3. ^ Lazarová, Daniela (20 March 2020). "Czech hockey legend Vladimir Zábrodský dies at 97". Radio.cz. Czech Radio.

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