Skip to main content

Josef Cerny: International Classics


Since I have a special fascination with international hockey history, I always take extra close note of Classic Auction's international collection.

The current auction features five from the private collection of Josef Cerny. Most notable is his 1964 Olympic bronze medal. He has a few other championship medals available too, along with this beautiful game worn Czechoslovakian national team jersey from the early 1970s.

Josef Cerny was one of the top players in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s and 1970s. He played 21 seasons in the Czech league, playing 686 games, scoring 403 goals (keep in mind statistical records are sketchy at best). Seven straight years (1960 - 1966) he led his team to the national championship. He also was a regular on the national team from 1959 through 1972. He played so long he was dubbed the Czech Gordie Howe.

Cerny was born in a small Bohemian town called Rozmital. He was the only boy among the families nine children. All those sisters would drive any boy to stay out on the frozen ponds longer every passing winter. It worked well for Josef as he perfected his craft on the pond behind their house.

By the time he became a teenager it was clear he was destined for hockey stardom. By 18 he was playing in the top Czech league and by 19 he debuted with the Czechoslovakian national team that later he would became captain of.

Number 15 stood out immediately, thanks to his remarkable skating ability. The left winger formed a dangerous duo with Frantisek Vanek (Rudolf Scheuer or Ludek Bukac often played on right wing). He may not have looked like much at first, standing at just 5'8" and 170lbs and with his "crooked legs," but as soon as the puck dropped he was something to see.

After retiring as a player Cerny coach in Austria and Czechoslovakia while also taking up teaching.

Other international items up for bids in the Spring 2012 Classic Auctions offering include:

Be sure to follow Classic Auctions on their website and on Twitter - @Classic_Auction

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M