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Monday, March 14, 2011

Today's birthday boy

Václav Nedomanský (born March 14, 1944 ) in Hodonin, but throughout his entire Czech career he was in some way tied to Slovan Bratislava, a team where he spent 12 seasons. He played in two Olympics and on 10 World Championship teams, including the one that won the title in 1972. 
Nedomansky defected in 1974 to Toronto via Switzerland and for three years  played for the Toronto Toros and later for the Birmingham Bulls of the WHA. 'Big Ned', got the Paul Deneau Trophy in 1976 for most gentlemanly player and followed it up with another career move. He signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings,also playing for the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues , then called it quits at the age of 39.

Here are six of his cards signed in blue ink. I think I sent them to his agent at the time. Don't remember who or when but nice reply. Now I never noticed until now, but his is one of the cards in the set that does not have a facsimile autograph on the front. (74/75 OPC WHA #49--top right in scan)

1 comment:

  1. Dude, very nice. I've wanted to write to Vaclav for some time now...want to get his 81-82 Topps card signed. Never saw any of his other cards though...always assumed he had a beard, even in the WHA.