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Ivan Hlinka

Full name: Ivan Hlinka
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 216 lbs (98 kg)
Born: January 26, 1950 in Most, Ústecký kraj, Czech Republic
Died: August 16, 2004 in Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Affiliations: TJ CHZ Litvinov
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia
Sport: Ice Hockey

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

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Biography

Ivan Hlinka is considered a legendary figure in Czechoslovakian ice hockey, both as a player and a coach. He was a center who began playing with CHZ Litvínov in 1966, and played with them through 1981, except for part of the 1978 season with Dukla Trenčín. In a special Czechoslovakian NHL Entry Draft in 1981, Hlinka was chosen by the Winnipeg Jets but was traded to the Vancouver Canucks and played the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons in North America with the Canucks. Returning to Europe he then played two seasons in Switzerland with EV Zug before retiring due to back problems, although it was a transient retirement. He came back in 1986-87 to serve as a player-coach with Litvinov.

Internationally, Hlinka played in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, winning Olympic silver in 1972. He also played on 11 World Championships teams for Czechoslovakia from 1970-81, missing only the 1980 Worlds, and winning a medal at each participation. He won World golds in 1972, 1976 and 1977, silvers in 1971, 1974-75, and 1978-79, and bronzes in 1970, 1973, and 1981. In addition he helped Czechoslovakia to a runner-up finish at the 1976 Canada Cup. In all he was capped 256 times for Czechoslovakia, scoring 132 international goals.

After his playing career ended, Hlinka became a coach, started with his CHZ Litvínov club, coming back as a player in 1986-87 to help the team as a player-coach. At the club level he later coached EHC Freiburg in Germany from 1989-90, Spartak Omsk in Russia in 2002-04, and in 2000-01 he spent one season as coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL, only the second European to be a head coach in the NHL. Hlinka served as head coach of the Czechoslovakian national team from 1991-93 and of the Czech Republic national team from 1993-94 and 1997-2000, leading the Czech Republic to gold medals at the 1998 Winter Olympics and 1999 Worlds. Hlinka was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame as a player in 2002, and in early 2004 was named a legend of Czech ice hockey. He was set to return as Czech national coach in 2004 but was tragically killed in a car accident in August of that year, when a truck hit his car near Karlovy Vary.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Ice Hockey Men's Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH 3 Bronze
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey Men's Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH 2 Silver

Men's Ice Hockey

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G AST PIM
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Final Standings 3 1972-02-03 5 3 2
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Final Round Match #2 1 1972-02-05 TCH 14, POL 1 1 2 0
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Final Round Match #5 2 1972-02-07 USA 5, TCH 1 0 0 2
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Final Round Match #7 1 1972-02-08 TCH 7, FIN 1 1 0 0
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Final Round Match #12 1 1972-02-10 TCH 2, SWE 1 0 0 0
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Final Round Match #15 2 1972-02-13 URS 5, TCH 2 0 1 0
1972 Winter 22 Sapporo Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Qualifying Round Match #1 1 1972-02-03 TCH 8, JPN 2 3 0 0
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Final Standings 2 1976-02-03 3 3 9
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Final Round Match #3 1 1976-02-06 TCH 2, FIN 1 0 0 2
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Final Round Match #6 1 1976-02-08 TCH 5, USA 0 0 1 0
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Final Round Match #8 NP 1976-02-10 TCH 7, POL 1 0 0 2
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Final Round Match #11 1 1976-02-12 TCH 7, FRG 4 1 1 5
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Final Round Match #15 2 1976-02-14 URS 4, TCH 3 1 0 0
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Qualifying Round Match #2 1 1976-02-03 TCH 14, BUL 1 1 1
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