The Most Famous

HOCKEY PLAYERS from Czechia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Czech Hockey Players. The pantheon dataset contains 358 Hockey Players, 27 of which were born in Czechia. This makes Czechia the birth place of the 6th most number of Hockey Players behind Finland and United States.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Czech Hockey Players of all time. This list of famous Czech Hockey Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Czech Hockey Players.

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1. Jaromír Jágr (1972 - )

With an HPI of 61.33, Jaromír Jágr is the most famous Czech Hockey Player.  His biography has been translated into 36 different languages on wikipedia.

Jaromír Jágr (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjaromiːr ˈjaːɡr̩] (listen); born 15 February 1972) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger for and the owner of HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga (ELH). He has previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames, serving as captain of the Penguins and the Rangers. After leaving the Rangers in 2008, he played three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with Avangard Omsk. He returned to the NHL in 2011 with the Flyers and remained in the league for seven more years before being assigned by the Flames in 2018 to HC Kladno. Having played in 33 professional seasons (as of 2021) and over 2,000 professional games, Jágr has had the longest career in professional ice hockey history.Jágr has the second-most points in NHL history, after Wayne Gretzky. He is the most productive European player who has ever played in the NHL and is considered one of the greatest ice hockey players of all time. In 1990, at age 18, he was the youngest player in the NHL. Until his transfer, at age 45, he was the oldest player in the NHL, and is the oldest player to record a hat-trick. In 2017, Jágr was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history.Jágr was the fifth overall selection in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He won consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1991 and 1992 seasons with the Penguins. Individually, he has won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion five times (four times in a row), the Lester B. Pearson Award for the NHL's outstanding player as voted by the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) three times and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player once, while finishing second four times. Jágr is a member of the Triple Gold Club, individuals who have played for teams that have won the Stanley Cup (1991, 1992), the Ice Hockey World Championships (2005, 2010) and the Olympic gold medal in ice hockey (1998). Jágr is one of only two Czech players (the other being Jiří Šlégr) in the Club, achieving this feat in 2005. Jágr was the Czech Republic's flag bearer at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Jágr is also one of only three players from 1981 to 2001 to win the Art Ross Trophy as the leading point-scorer during the regular season; the others are Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. Jágr has won the award more times than any other non-Canadian player. He is a member of the Czech Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.

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2. Jiří Holeček (1944 - )

With an HPI of 59.83, Jiří Holeček is the 2nd most famous Czech Hockey Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Jiří Holeček (born March 18, 1944) is a Czech professional ice hockey coach and former player. Holeček played in the Czechoslovak Elite League from 1964 to 1979, and on the Czechoslovak national team for many years.After joining the military he participated in the hockey camp of Dukla Jihlava, but coming from an insignificant Slávia team at the time, he did not make it higher than the number three goaltender and was loaned to HC Košice in the eastern part of the country. After starting his career on the Košice team in 1963–64, Holecek played there for 10 years until he joined Sparta Prague for the 1973/1974 season. Holecek played 488 league games, and despite being awarded the Czechoslovak Golden Hockey Stick award for the best player in 1974, he never won the league title. Holecek played 164 games for the national team, including ten World Championships (leading the team to gold in 1972, 1976, and 1977), being named the best goaltender five times. He played at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics and the 1976 Canada Cup. Holecek finished his playing career in 1981 in West Germany. In 1980s he worked as a coach of the Czechoslovak national ice hockey team goaltenders. He was inducted into the IIHF hall of fame in 1998. Currently, he is working as goalie coach for one of the Prague junior hockey teams, HC Hvězda Praha.

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3. Jiří Holík (1944 - )

With an HPI of 58.21, Jiří Holík is the 3rd most famous Czech Hockey Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Jiří Holík (born July 9, 1944) is a Czech former professional ice hockey player and coach. Holík played for Dukla Jihlava in the Czechoslovak Extraliga and was a member of the Czechoslovakian national ice hockey team. Holík was a member of the Czechoslovak 1976 Canada Cup team. He was also a member of the country's medal winning teams at the 1964, 1968, 1972, and 1976 Winter Olympics.His brother Jaroslav was also a hockey player. Holík later worked as a coach, being known for his temperament and active coaching style.

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4. Oldřich Machač (1946 - 2011)

With an HPI of 55.26, Oldřich Machač is the 4th most famous Czech Hockey Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Oldřich Machač (18 April 1946 in Prostějov – 10 August 2011 in Brno) was a Czech ice hockey player who played in the Czechoslovak Extraliga. He won three medals in three Winter Olympic games. He was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 1999.

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5. Jiří Šlégr (1971 - )

With an HPI of 50.12, Jiří Šlégr is the 5th most famous Czech Hockey Player.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Jiří Šlégr (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjɪr̝iː ˈʃlɛːɡr̩] (listen); born 30 May 1971) is a Czech former professional ice hockey defenceman, and was a member of the 2001–02 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup championship team after being acquired in a late-season trade. Šlégr was inducted into the Czech Ice Hockey Hall of Fame on December 12, 2019. In 2010, Šlégr, a candidate of the Czech Social Democratic Party, was elected into the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic.

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6. Robert Lang (1970 - )

With an HPI of 50.11, Robert Lang is the 6th most famous Czech Hockey Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Robert Lang (born December 19, 1970) is a Czech former professional ice hockey player. Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fifth round, 133rd overall, at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Lang made his NHL debut with the team in the 1992–93 season. He has also played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens and Phoenix Coyotes, with whom he retired with in 2010. Lang played internationally for both the Czechoslovak and Czech national teams, competing in four Winter Olympics (winning gold in 1998), three Ice Hockey World Championships and two World Cups.

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7. Patrik Eliáš (1976 - )

With an HPI of 48.84, Patrik Eliáš is the 7th most famous Czech Hockey Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Patrik Eliáš (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpatrɪk ˈɛlɪjaːʃ] (listen); born 13 April 1976) is a Czech former professional hockey winger who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New Jersey Devils. Eliáš is the franchise's all-time leader in points, goals and assists, and he holds the franchise records for the most points in a season (96) along with most career game-winning goals (79). Eliáš won the Stanley Cup twice with the Devils, in 2000 and 2003. He also ranks second in points by a Czech-born player in the NHL behind Jaromír Jágr. Internationally Eliáš represented the Czech national team in multiple tournaments, including four Winter Olympics and four World Championships, winning one Olympic bronze medal and two more at the World Championships.

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8. Roman Čechmánek (1971 - )

With an HPI of 48.70, Roman Čechmánek is the 8th most famous Czech Hockey Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

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.

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9. Jan Marek (1979 - 2011)

With an HPI of 48.64, Jan Marek is the 9th most famous Czech Hockey Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Jan Marek (December 31, 1979 – September 7, 2011) was a Czech professional ice hockey centre. He was selected by the New York Rangers in the 8th round (243rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

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10. Martin Straka (1972 - )

With an HPI of 48.56, Martin Straka is the 10th most famous Czech Hockey Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Martin Straka (born September 3, 1972) is a Czech former ice hockey centre who most recently played for HC Plzeň 1929 of the Czech Extraliga. He is also the club's general manager and co-owner, having bought a 70% share of the team in 2009. Straka played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1992 until 2008 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.

Pantheon has 27 people classified as hockey players born between 1944 and 1988. Of these 27, 23 (85.19%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living hockey players include Jaromír Jágr, Jiří Holeček, and Jiří Holík. The most famous deceased hockey players include Oldřich Machač, Jan Marek, and Josef Vašíček. As of October 2020, 16 new hockey players have been added to Pantheon including Jiří Holeček, Jiří Holík, and Oldřich Machač.

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