Roman Čechmánek

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Czech RepublicCzech Republic  Roman Čechmánek Ice hockey player
Date of birth March 2nd 1971
place of birth Gottwaldov , Czechoslovakia
size 191 cm
Weight 91 kg
position goalkeeper
number # 33
Shot hand Left
NHL Entry Draft 2000 , 6th round, 171st position
Philadelphia Flyers
Career stations
until 1990 TJ Gottwaldov
1990-1991 TŽ Třinec
1991-1992 TJ DS Olomouc
1992-1993 HC Baník Hodonín
1993-2000 HC Petra Vsetín
2000-2003 Philadelphia Flyers
2003-2004 Los Angeles Kings
2004-2005 HC Vsetín
2005-2006 Hamburg Freezers
2006-2007 Linköpings HC
2007-2009 HC Oceláři Třinec
Czech RepublicCzech Republic  Roman Čechmánek
Coaching stations
2012-2013 SHK Hodonin ( Assistant Trainer )
2013-2014 VHK Vsetín ( assistant coach of the U16 team)
since 2014 VHK Vsetín (goalkeeping coach)

Roman Čechmánek (born March 2, 1971 in Gottwaldov ) is a former Czech ice hockey goalkeeper and current goalkeeper coach at VHK Vsetín .

Čechmánek stood in his long career u. a. for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League on the ice and won the Czech championship five times . He also won three world titles and was Olympic champion in Nagano in 1998 .


Roman Čechmánek began his career at a club from his hometown, the TJ Gottwaldov , where he first received appearances in the top division of Czechoslovakia , the 1st division , in the 1989/90 season . The season 1990/91 he spent with ASD Dukla Jihlava and TŽ Třinec - at the end of the season he was with Jihlava as substitute goalkeeper Czechoslovakian champions . In the following two years he went on the ice for his hometown club TJ Gottwaldov, TJ DS Olomouc and HC Baník Hodonín .

However, he was used regularly only after his move to HC Vsetín in the 1993/94 season, with which he achieved promotion from the second division, the first division , to the extra division in 1994 . A year later he won the Czech championship for the first time with the club and was voted the best goalkeeper in the league. In the following four seasons, four more championships followed with Vsetín.

In 2000 he left the club after eight years and moved to North America to the Philadelphia Flyers , who had drawn him a total of 171 in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft . There, Čechmánek quickly established himself as a regular goalkeeper, reached the play-offs with the club in the first two seasons and was invited to the All-Star Game in 2001. In the 2002/03 season he won the William M. Jennings Trophy as the goalkeeper of the team with the fewest goals. After this season he moved to the Los Angeles Kings , where he played another year in the NHL. For the 2004/05 season, the season of the NHL lockout , he returned to the Czech Republic for HC Vsetín for a year.

When there were no offers for an engagement in the NHL after the end of the lockout, Čechmánek stayed in Europe, but shortly after the start of the season he switched from the Czech extra league club HC Energie Karlovy Vary to the DEL to the Hamburg Freezers , who were looking for one due to injuries Goalkeepers were. After he was eliminated with the Freezers in the quarter-finals of the play-offs, he moved to the Swedish Elitserien to Linköpings HC . At the end of the season he moved to the Czech first division club HC Oceláři Třinec , with whom he qualified for the playoffs . In the following two playing years he was on the ice for Třinec in the extra league before he announced the end of his career in August 2009.

In the 2012/13 season, Čechmánek worked as an assistant coach at the Czech third division club SHK Hodonin , before he took on the youth team of VHK Vsetín as an assistant coach in the following season . He has been the goalkeeping coach of the first team since the 2014/15 season.


Čechmánek made his debut for a selection of the Czech Ice Hockey Federation at the Junior World Championship in 1991 , where he won the bronze medal with the team from the former Czechoslovakia. He played for the senior national team for the first time at the 1995 World Cup . He received further assignments at world championships in 1996 , 1997 , 1998 , 1999 , 2000 , 2004 and 2007 .

He won the title three times and the bronze medal twice with the team. He also played for his country at the Olympic Games in 1998 (gold medal) and 2002 (7th place) and at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey .

Achievements and Awards




National Hockey League

Seasons Sp Min S. N U GT GTS SaT Sv% SO T A. PIM
Regular season 4th 211 12085 110 64 28 419 2.08 5161 91.9% 25th 0 1 24
Playoffs 3 23 1441 9 14th - 56 2.33 613 90.9% 3 0 0 0

(Status: end of the 2008/09 season)


year team event Sp S. N Min GT GTS Sv SaT Sv% SO
1997 Czech Republic WM 8th 2.13 92.9
1998 Czech Republic Olympia 6th Substitute goalkeeper
1999 Czech Republic WM 4th 197 8th 2.44 80 90.0 1
2000 Czech Republic WM 8th 7th 1 480 16 2.00 196 212 92.5 1
2002 Czech Republic Olympia 4th Substitute goalkeeper
2004 Czech Republic WM 1 1 0 60 1 1.00 17th 18th 94.4 0
2007 Czech Republic WM 7th 3 4th 418 18th 2.58 152 170 89.4 0

( Legend for the goalkeeper statistics: GP or Sp = total games; W or S = wins; L or N = defeats; T or U or OT = draws or overtime or shootout defeats; min. = Minutes; SOG or SaT = shots on goal; GA or GT = goals conceded; SO = shutouts ; GAA or GTS = goals conceded ; Sv% or SVS% = catch quota ; EN = empty net goal ; 1  play-downs / relegation ; italics : statistics not complete)

Individual evidence

  1., Historie hokejové ligy, sezona 1990-1991
  2., Hokejový brankář Čechmánek se rozhodl ukončit kariéru

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