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Frantisek Sevcik Passes Away.

Frantisek Sevcik, a star with the Czechoslovak national team in the late 1960s, passed away in Brno, Czech Republic on 22 July. He was 75. 

Sevcik is a Czech Hockey Hall of Famer most famous for playing with Jozef Golonka and Jaroslav Jirik at the World Championships. 

Born in Vilemovice, Czechoslovakia in 1942, Sevcik was a youth hockey star who began his pro career as a teenager. In 1961 he joined Kometa Brno and would play with the team for the majority of his domestic league career. 

The right winger played on a line with Jirik and Zdenek Kepak in league play. With three years he made the national team, helping the Czechs win silver at the 1965 World Championship in Tampere, Finland. 

Sevcik also represented his country at the 1966, 1969, and 1970 Worlds, winning another silver in 1966 and bronze in both 1969 and 1970.

Sevcik's big moment was at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble. Sevcik scored one goal and one assist in a 5-4 upset of the mighty Soviet Union team, allowing Czechoslovakia to win the silver medal. Sevcik's play at the Olympics was so strong he was named to the tournament's all star team. 

Sevcik continued to play in Brno until 1973 and played in lower Czech leagues until his ultimate retirement in 1977.

Sevcik was inducted into the Czech Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014.


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