March 09, 2011

Vaclav Nedomansky: International Man of Mystery

One of the most under-appreciated and even unknown early greats of international hockey would have to the big Slovak star Vaclav Nedomansky.

Nedomanksy starred for over a decade with Slovan Bratislava. He also represented Czechoslovakia at 9 world championships and 2 Olympics (winning silver in 1968 and bronze in 1972).

The fact that Big Ned never got long lasting respect is a bit of a surprise, given that he finished his career in North America. He defected to Canada in 1974 and played in the WHA with the Toronto Toros and then the Birmingham Bulls when the franchise relocated there. He later joined the Detroit Red Wings for several seasons before bouncing around the league in his NHL days.

There are 20 relics of Nedomansky's career up for bids at including:

Tomorrow we'll take a look at a number of other fascinating international items available at

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed watching him in the old WHA days one of the best to come out of the eastern block countries.