Roman Čechmánek

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Roman Čechmánek
Born (1971-03-02) 2 March 1971 (age 43)
Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
Los Angeles Kings
Czech Extraliga
HC Vsetín
HC Karlovy Vary
HC Třinec
Czechoslovak First League
HC Zlín
HC Jihlava
HC Olomouc
Deutsche Eishockey Liga
Hamburg Freezers
Elitserien
Linköpings HC
National team  Czechoslovakia 
 Czech Republic
NHL Draft 171st overall, 2000
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1989–2009

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 (now Zlín, Czech Republic).

Playing career

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 Martin Brodeur and teammate Robert Esche. Despite some excellent games, he had an equal number of horrible ones. 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. After playing himself out of the NHL, 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 statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1988–89 TJ Gottwaldov CZE 1 0 0 0 13 0 0 0.00 1.000
1989–90 TJ Zlín CZE 2 0 0 0 89 5 0 3.37
1990–91 Dukla Jihlava CZE 9 447 18 2 2.42 .909
1991–92 DS Olomouc CZE 13 731 54 0 4.43
1991–92 AC ZPS Zlín CZE 2 0 1 0 67 8 0 7.73
1992–93 Banik Hodonin CZE-2
1993–94 VHK Vsetín CZE-2 41 1.43
1994–95 VHK Vsetín CE 41 2413 98 5 2.44
1995–96 VHK Vsetín CE 36 2142 77 4 2.16
1996–97 VHK Vsetín CE 48 2762 98 3 2.13 .930
1997–98 VHK Vsetín CE 41 2306 76 1.98
1997–98 VHK Vsetín EHL 5 3 2 307 12 1 2.34 .903
1998–99 VHK Vsetín CE 45 2696 77 5 1.71
1998–99 VHK Vsetín EHL 2 0 2 119 8 0 4.03
1999–00 VHK Vsetín CE 37 2141 88 0 2.47 .924
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 59 35 15 6 3431 115 10 2.01 .921
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
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 58 33 15 10 3350 102 6 1.83 .925
2003–04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 18 21 6 2701 113 5 2.51 .906
2004–05 VHK Vsetín CE 35 15 18 2 1974 88 3 2.67 .922
2005–06 HC Energie Karlovy Vary CE 12 4 7 1 594 29 1 2.93 .915
2005–06 Hamburg Freezers DEL 27 1535 66 3 2.58 .909
2006–07 Linköpings HC SEL 26 1490 67 0 2.70
2006–07 HC Oceláři Třinec CE 6 4 2 0 371 12 0 1.94 .948
2007–08 HC Oceláři Třinec CE 18 4 14 0 977 53 0 3.25 .916
2008–09 HC Oceláři Třinec CE 34 3.26 .916
NHL totals 212 110 64 28 12086 419 25 2.08 .919

Post season

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1994–95 VHK Vsetín CE 11 619 23 1 2.23
1995–96 VHK Vsetín CE 13 783 17 2 1.30
1996–97 VHK Vsetín CE 10 602 11 2 1.10
1997–98 VHK Vsetín CE 10 600 16 1 1.60
1997–98 VHK Vsetín EHL 4 2 2 240 10 1 2.50 .915
1998–99 VHK Vsetín CE 12 8 4 747 23 1 1.85
1999–00 VHK Vsetín CE 9 5 4 545 15 3 1.65 .944
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 2 4 347 18 0 3.12 .891
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 1 3 227 7 1 1.85 .936
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 13 6 7 867 31 2 2.14 .909
2005–06 Hamburg Freezers DEL 6 366 17 0 2.78 .910
2006–07 HC Oceláři Třinec CE 9 569 20 0 2.11 .943
NHL totals 23 9 14 1440 56 3 2.33 .909

International play

Olympic medal record
Men’s Ice Hockey
Gold 1998 Ice Hockey

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 statistics

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV SA SV%
1998 CZE Oly DNP -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 CZE Oly DNP -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 CZE IHWC 1 1 0 -- 60 1 0 1.00 17 18 .944
2007 CZE IHWC 7 3 4 -- 418 18 0 2.58 152 170 .894
Totals 8 4 4 -- 478 19 0 2.38 169 188 .919

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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







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