Roman Cechmanek
Roman Cechmanek.jpg
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
230 lb (105 kg)
CZE Team
F. Teams
HC Oceláři Třinec
Linköpings HC (SEL)
HC Vsetín (CZE)
Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL)
Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
HC Karlovy Vary (CZE)
Hamburg Freezers (DEL)
Nationality Flag of the Czech Republic Czech
Born (1971-03-02)March 2, 1971,
Gottwaldov, CS
NHL Draft 171st overall, 2000
Philadelphia Flyers
Pro Career 1994 – present

Roman Čechmánek (born March 2, 1971) is a Czech professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for HC Oceláři Třinec of the Czech Extraliga.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

He played for HC Vsetín in the Czech Republic from 1996 to 2000. 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 an embarrassing 8–0 loss in the final game of the series against Buffalo.

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 Martin Brodeur and teammate Robert Esche. His play was very uneven. 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 LA 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 is now playing for HC Ocelari Trinec in the Czech Extraliga.

International play[edit | edit source]

Olympic medal record
Men’s Ice Hockey
Gold 1998 Ice Hockey

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[edit | edit source]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV SA SV%
1998 CZE Oly DNP -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 CZE Oly DNP -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 CZE IHWC 1 1 0 -- 60 1 0 1.00 17 18 .944
2007 CZE IHWC 7 3 4 -- 418 18 0 2.58 152 170 .894
Totals 8 4 4 -- 478 19 0 2.38 169 188 .919

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Honours[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
Mark Recchi
Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
Succeeded by
Jeremy Roenick
Preceded by
Jeremy Roenick
Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
Succeeded by
Mark Recchi
Preceded by
Patrick Roy
Tri-winner of the Jennings Trophy
(with Robert Esche and Martin Brodeur)

Succeeded by
Martin Brodeur
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