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09-05-2009, 09:06 AM
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C Otakar Janecky.

Janecky is a living hockey legend in Finland. The Pardubice born center was a key part of Jokerit’s success years in the 90’s when Jokerit won 4 Finnish championships. He was the most important player on those teams three of the four possible times – the best player on the first championship team was Otto’s linemate Teemu Selänne, who later next year thrashed NHL records along with Alex Mogilny. Janecky was unarguably the most important player overall during the years of success for Jokerit:

Jokerit's leading points scorers in regular season (RS) and playoffs (PO)

YearRS POTeam Result

* Suffered from injuries.

The only year Janecky wasn't Jokerit's leading playoff scorer was in 1992 when his linemate, a guy named Teemu Selänne outscored him a year before he tore NHL's rookie records apart.

Janecky was selected the best player of the playoffs in 1994 and 1997.

All in all, Janecky was arguably the best player and best playoff performer of the most competitive era in Finnish national hockey league history. From 1992 until 1997 (the time frame during which Jokerit won 4 out of the 6 possible championships), Finnish teams did extremely well in the (unofficial?) European championship tournaments.

1992 TPS did not qualify for semifinals
1993 Jokerit finished 3rd
1994 TPS finished 1st
1995 Jokerit finished 1st, TPS 3rd
1996 Jokerit finished 1st, TPS 14th
1997 HPK (don’t know why they represented Finland) didn’t qualify for semifinals.

During the 90’s Finnish elite league was considered to be the 2nd best hockey league in the world. The results support the claim. Finland also won its so far only world championship in hockey in 1995, thanks to its strong national league.

Janecky had a fairly good international career as well. He represented Czechoslovakia in the 1992 Winter Olympics, scored 7 points in 8 games as the Czechs earned bronze medals. He played at 6 big international events (WCH or Olympics) and had 32 points in 48 games.

Janecky's controversial championship winning goal against TPS in 1994

Janecky also had a pretty good career in Czechoslovakia. He has one assist title to his credit from his years representing HC Pardubice. The final years of his career he spent on defense, demonstrating his exceptional hockey sense.

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