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Jan Suchý
Position Defence
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
169 lb (77 kg)
Teams Dukla Jihlava
Nationality Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovak
Born (1944-10-10)October 10, 1944,
Havlíčkův Brod, CS
Pro Career 1963 – 1983

Jan Suchý (born October 10, 1944) was an ice hockey player from Havlíčkův Brod, Czechoslovakia. He was sometimes referred to as the "European Bobby Orr."

From the ages of 8 to 19, Suchý played for a local team, Jiskra Havlíčkův Brod. He then played for the Czechoslovakian team Dukla Jihlava from 1963 to 1979. He helped lead them to seven Czechoslovakian league titles. By his last season he had scored more goals than any defenceman in league history. He then continued to play in Austria and Germany until 1984.

Suchý won the first two Golden Hockey Stick awards as Czechoslovakia's best player, in 1969 and 1970. He was named the best defenceman at the Ice Hockey World Championships in 1969 and 1971.

He was also the first European to be placed on an NHL protected list (by the Boston Bruins).


Preceded by
Golden Hockey Stick
1969, 1970
Succeeded by
Frantisek Pospisil