Roman Čechmánek

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.

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 Flyers teammate Robert Esche, and Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils. 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. 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. 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 and playoffs

Regular seasonPlayoffs
1988–89TJ GottwaldovTCH Jr353.43
1988–89TJ GottwaldovTCH100013000.001.000
1989–90TJ ZlínTCH200089503.37.875
1990–91ASD Dukla JihlavaTCH94471822.42.909
1991–92TJ DS OlomoucTCH137315404.43
1991–92AC ZPS ZlínTCH201067807.73
1991–92SHK HodonínCZE II
1992–93SHK HodonínCZE II
1993–94TJ Zbrojovka VsetínCZE II411.43
1994–95HC Dadák VsetínELH412112824139852.44.92311926092412.36.924
1995–96HC Dadák VsetínELH36229520817642.19.921131217831721.30.957
1996–97HC Petra VsetínELH4831116276010032.17.92910916021021.00.966
1997–98HC Petra VsetínELH412611422457782.06.93410916001611.60.947
1997–98HC Petra VsetínEuroHL5323071212.34.9034222401012.50.915
1998–99HC Slovnaft VsetínELH362241021556731.87.93811836752211.96.926
1998–99HC Slovnaft VsetínEuroHL202119804.03
1999–2000HC Slovnaft VsetínELH372010721418822.47.9249635431531.66.944
2000–01Philadelphia FlyersNHL59351563431115102.01.9216243471803.12.891
2000–01Philadelphia PhantomsAHL3110160301.12.969
2001–02Philadelphia FlyersNHL462413626038942.05.921413227711.85.936
2002–03Philadelphia FlyersNHL58331510335010261.83.92513678673122.14.909
2003–04Los Angeles KingsNHL4918216270111352.51.906
2004–05Vsetínská HokejováELH351518219748832.67.922
2005–06HC Energie Karlovy VaryELH124715942912.93.915
2005–06Hamburg FreezersDEL2715356632.58.90963661702.78.910
2006–07Linköpings HCSEL261011414906702.70.905
2006–07HC Oceláři TřinecELH64203711201.94.9489545692002.11.943
2007–08HC Oceláři TřinecELH1841409775303.25.916
2008–09HC Oceláři TřinecELH341618018239923.26.916
TCH totals2713478523.79
ELH totals34418511643019,534787312.41.9267358154381124101.70.945
NHL totals212110642812,086419252.08.9192391414405632.33.909

International play

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

1995Czech RepublicWC101060404.00.902
1996Czech RepublicWCDNP
1996Czech RepublicWCHDNP
1997Czech RepublicWC84791702.13.929
1998Czech RepublicOGDNP
1998Czech RepublicWC2108301.68.929
1999Czech RepublicWC4197812.44.900
2000Czech RepublicWC87104801612.00.925
2002Czech RepublicOGDNP
2004Czech RepublicWC110060101.00.944
2004Czech RepublicWCHDNP
2007Czech RepublicWC7344181802.58.894
Junior totals9470212.68
Senior totals2918026722.23



  • Named Best Goaltender at the World Championships – 2000.
  • Named to the All-Star Team at the World Championships – 2000.
  • Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game – 2001.
  • Named to National Hockey League All-Star Second Team – 2000–01.
  • William M. Jennings Trophy (shared with Martin Brodeur and teammate Robert Esche) – 2002–03.

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