Monday, August 21, 2006

Here come the defectors

Hot on the heels of all this Malkin/Zherdev talk, CBS SportsLine's Wes Goldstein has a good list of past defections by European hockey stars and how they went about escaping their various homelands.


At 3:54 p.m., August 22, 2006, Blogger Joe Pelletier said...

The article is a nice one, but far from complete. Here's a more complete list, compiled by myself and Patrick Houda:

Vaclav Nedomansky 1974

Richard Farda 1974 (WHA 1974-1977, never played in NHL)

Jiri Crha 1979

Vitezslav Duris 1980

Peter Stastny 1980

Anton Stastny 1980

Marian Stastny 1981

Miroslav Frycer 1981

Jan Ludvig 1981

Peter Ihnacak 1982

Petr Klima 1984

Petr Svoboda 1984

Miroslav Ihnacak 1985

Frantisek Musil 1986

Petr Prajsler 1987

Ladislav Tresl 1987 (Never Played In NHL)

Alexander Mogilny 1989

Petr Nedved 1989

Lesser Knowns:

Jiri Sevcik (never played in NHL)

Vojtech Kucera (never played in NHL)

Jaroslav "Jarda" Krupicka 1969 (first played in Western Europe, then WHA, never played in NHL)

Peter Almasy - attended a few NHL
camps. Played for Baltimore and St.Catharines (AHL) in the early 80's. Best known as long time member of French National Team.

Karel Svoboda - Petr's older brother, only played with farm team before heading to western Europe.

Martin Maglay 1980 - attended Leafs camp with Crha, but was released.

There are many Czechs/Slovaks on the list, but some older players were given permission to play including
Old stars as Milan Novy, Miroslav Dvorak, Jiri Bubla, Ivan Hlinka, Frantisek Cernik and Milan Chalupa.
Vladimir Martinec and Bohumil Ebermann were also available
(but they went to Germany and France respectively).

Joe Pelletier

At 5:37 a.m., August 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the bure brothers also defected.

At 2:54 p.m., August 23, 2006, Blogger Joe Pelletier said...

Neither Pavel nor Valeri defected. They had their playing rights transfered via proper channels.

Sergei Fedorov is an interesting case too. He did defect, but then settled the matter through proper channels. Technically he never defected.

Joe Pelletier

At 4:35 p.m., August 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it depends how you define "defect." yes, fedorov and pavel bure negotiated transfer agreements in order to play in the nhl, but they both also left the soviet union illegally. bure left the soviet union for los angeles with his brother and father, after he was cut from the soviet canada cup team in 1991 (ironically, for fear that he would defect while in north america). he then had to stay in los angeles, as malkin is doing right now, while the canucks hammered out an agreement with the red army team.

At 5:38 p.m., August 23, 2006, Blogger Joe Pelletier said...

You are correct - the term defection is up in the air. Fedorov and Bure left Russia without permission, but part of the cash settlement avoided defection status for Bure and Fedorov, unlike Mogilny when he defected a couple of years earlier.

It's always surprised me how none of the great Russians of the 70s or particularly the 80s defected.

Joe Pelletier

At 1:47 p.m., August 24, 2006, Blogger Doogie2K said...

Fun fact: Nedomansky was involved in the first (and, I think, only) interleague trade between the WHA and NHL, going from Birmingham to Detroit in 1977.

Too bad he was already 30 by the time he made it over. Imagine if he'd come over during the original expansion in '67, at the age of only 23. Despite the anti-Euro sentiment of the NHL at the time, a team like Oakland might have been desparate enough to try it.

At 11:26 a.m., February 07, 2007, Blogger Ben Rice said...

I knew Karel Svoboda when he played in France. He may not have been the player his brother was, but he was a great great guy.


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