Czech Republic Hockey Jerseys
Check out our current selection of Czech Republic hockey jerseys below. Home, away, authentic Nike and replica jerseys available. 2010 Olympics, vintage throwback jerseys and World Junior Championships available. S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL sizes with goalie jerseys and women's styles in stock:
More About Czech Republic Hockey Jerseys
Though in recent years the Czech Republic has not done much damage at major international hockey events one does not have to go back very far back in history to find a time when this nation was one of the most dominant in the sport.
It all started with the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998. The majority of the hype surrounded the Canadian team, who for the first time would be able to send their best players, including Wayne Gretzky, Eric Lindros and Steve Yzerman. Team USA was considered a huge threat as well, with a bevy of talented offensive stars, the Americans - the defending World Cup champions - looked poised to play spoilers to Canada's hope of ending a 46 year Olympic Gold Medal drought. And let's not forget the Russians who had one of the game's most electrifying superstars in Pavel Bure, and whose history at the Olympics as a hockey power is second to none.
In the end it was none of these three teams celebrating Olympic gold. The Americans washed out early, but Canada and Russia both had their shot at glory. However, one nation, forgotten in the hype surrounding "the big three" played spoiler. First the Czechs took on Canada in the semi-finals. Superstar netminder Dominik Hasek, arguably the greatest player to ever don a Czech Republic hockey jersey, put on a goaltending display for the ages, dueling against legendary Canadian goaltender Patrick Roy. The Czech's earned a 1-0 lead and seemed content to let their star netminder take it the rest of the way. Canada poured on the pressure, but were foiled again and again by the unorthodox, but undeniably effective style of Hasek. Finally, in the final desperate minutes of the game, they managed to solve Hasek. Trevor Linden scored the goal, giving Canada new hope. But it was only temporary...
In the shootout Czech Robert Reichel beat Roy with a perfect shot, low and off the post and in. No other Czech shooter would get a puck past a determined Roy, but they didn't need to. Hasek stopped Theoren Fleury, Ray Bourque, Joe Nieuwendyk, Eric Lindros, and Brendan Shanahan to secure the victory and send the stunned Canadian team to the bronze medal game.
It was more of the same for Hasek in the Gold Medal Game. It didn't seem possible he could actually play better than he had in the game against Canada, but somehow he managed. Once again his team only scored a single goal in regulation. This time Hasek didn't leave anything to chance. He stoned every one of the Russian superstars. Not a single puck got by him, and the Czechs hung on for a 1-0 and Olympic Gold.
The Czechs continued to dominate the world stage for years after that, winning three consecutive World Hockey Champions from 1999-2001.
Czech Republic players in the NHL
Though the league had seen a few Czech-born superstars over the years - Stan Mikita and Peter Stastny being the most notable - it wasn't until the "Velvet Revolution" when Czechoslovakia dissolved into the two independent nations of Slovakia and the Czech Republic that the NHL really started to see an influx of talent from the region.
Jaromir Jagr, the highest scoring European-born player of all time, showed up in the league at the beginning of the 1990-91 season as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Two seasons later he had two Stanley rings, the first two in franchise history. That's not to say Jagr is the reason they won them - they had a few guys by the name of Mario Lemieux, Ron Francis, Kevin Stevens and Mark Recchi - but Jagr gave their attack a new dimension that made the already skilled Penguins almost impossible to handle.
Jagr would go on to record 1,599 points over the course of his incredible career, and won more Art Ross Trophies than anyone (yes, even Lemieux and Gretzky) from 1990-2008 (the years he was in the NHL).
Jagr and Hasek were the two most dominant Czechs in the league during that era, but there were and are many other talented Czech players starring in the NHL, including Patrick Elias, Ales Hemsky, Tomas Kaberle and Tomas Vokoun, just to name a few. Though they may have struggled to regain the form they had between 1998 and 2001 it is only a matter of time until this great hockey nation rises again.