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With the 210th pick in MLD2010, The Regina Capitals are pleased to select:

Jaroslav Jirik, RW/LW



- 5'11", 170 lbs

Domestic:

- Top-10 in Czech League Goals 9 Times (1st, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th)
- Top-10 in Czech League Assists 5 Times (5th, 7th, 7th, 10th, 10th)
- Top-10 in Czech League Points 7 Times (2nd, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th)*
- League Champion (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966)
- 302 Goals, 105* assists, 407* points in 442 Czech League Games

* assists not available for Jirik's first 4 years. Did not duplicate goals finishes as points finishes

International:

- World Championship/Olympic Silver (1965, 1966, 1968)
- World Championship/Olympic Bronze (1959, 1963, 1964, 1969)
- 2nd in Scoring and World Championship All-Star (1965)
- Top-4 on Czechs in Tournament scoring 5 Times (2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th)
- 38 Goals, 23 Assists, 61 Points in 56 Major International Games

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kings Of the Ice
"We are like comedians. We travel from town to town, entertaining people," Jaroslav Jirik once said about his mision as a hockey player. For him, playing the game was more than just a job. His fame stemmed mainly from his talent as a scorer... Most of the goals he scored were from the crease area. He would literally push and shove at the puck or try to poke it in behind the goalie.

Jirik was famous for the way he parked himself in front of the net and assumed a pose like a tripod, with his stik out in front of him. It was nearly impossible to get him away from the net, to push him off balance or lift his stick. He provoked almost everyone he encountered - pushing and jabbing at defensemen and the scorers and sometimes flying into a rage. they were araid of him. He was the terror of all defensemen. He also had a weakness for referees and constantly irritated them with his aggressive style of play. In his day, the game wasn't as rough, so he stood out. And his aggression was just as verbal as it was physical.

For as long as anyone can remember, Jaroslav's nickname has been "Brambor" (Potato). His teammates gave it to him when he was very young... Jirik had a tendency to get deeply absorbed in the game and very passionate about its outcome. He hated losing and couldn't stand for pessimism, no matter who the opponent was. To him, losing was a disgrace. Even during training, when there was nothing at skate, he would often say or do whatever it took to win. And if he didn't come out a winner, he would get very frustrated.

He had a thick skin and was never offended by jokes, even if they were personal... Jirik liked to think of himself as invincible and he had a need to push himself to the limit. He played in one tournament from start to finish with a broken arm.
Quote:
Originally Posted by loh.net
A talented right winger with a natural scoring touch, Jaroslav Jirik was the first player from an Eastern Bloc country to play in the NHL. When he suited up for three games with the St. Louis Blues in 1969-70, Jirik was an experienced international competitor who was granted permission by the Czechoslovakian authorities to sample the NHL.

Born in Vojnur Mestac, Czechoslovakia, Jirik represented his country at five World Championships in the 1960s as well as the 1964 and 1968 Olympics. His medal haul at the World tournament consisted of three bronze medals and two silver. Jirik helped Czechoslovakia win a bronze at the Innsbruck Games in 1964 and a silver in Grenoble four years later. His finest individual performance came at the 1965 World Championships when he registered 12 points in seven matches.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Jaroslav's playing style was perfect for the NHL. He first caught the eye of former NHL defenseman Carl Brewer who then tipped Scotty Bowman (St. Louis coach at that time) about him. A young Cliff Fletcher went to Czechoslovakia in 1969 to sign three players, they were Jaroslav Jirik, ********** and *******. The Czech government had given them their permission to let them play in North America. The problem was that ***** was 27-years old and ******** only 23, so the Czech government changed their minds about these two and only released Jaroslav Jirik because he was 30-years old, which was the age when they usually released their players.

...He was held pointless in the three NHL games but played so well that St.Louis wanted him to stay for another year. They of course couldn't guarantee a spot on the team but told him that his chances were very good, especially since he had adapted very fast to the North American style of play.

Jaroslav, who only months before had married in the USA, declined the offer and wanted to go home. He later said that he regretted that decision. "I only wish that I had been 25-years old instead of 30 when I came over," he said.

Jaroslav was a greater player than most people knew when he came over to North America. Today he is regarded as a legendary player in the Czech Republic. Unfortunately the North American crowd only got a brief look at this top notch player who most certainly could have become a fan favorite with his fearless play in front of the goal.
Quote:
Originally Posted by THN, August 28, 2011
While in Kansas City, Jirik made a quiet impression. He was fairly fluent in English, but was also shy, said teammate Don Giesebrecht. “That was understandable with him coming to our country,” Giesebrecht said. “I think he was missing his home country sometimes. It was a big cultural shock when he came to Kansas City.”

Jirik, who was older than most of the other players, was assertive on the ice when needed. “He held his own,” Giesebrecht said. “He didn’t back away from anything. He was a well-built kid, very muscular and mature-looking. He didn’t avoid contact or anything.”

Jirik ended up tallying 19 goals and 35 points in 53 games with K.C. “It’s more of a scramble in the minor league,” Jirik told THN at the time. “They play positions more in the NHL, the game is so much faster and they handle the puck so much better. It’s a lot harder.”
Quote:
Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, 1966-01-10
Jaroslav Jirik intercepted a Canadian pass and fed it to *****, who pulled ********* out and shot the puck over his shoulder.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, 1969-03-25
Jirik, returning with a heavily bandaged wrist after a week's treatment, was always a threat when on the ice.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, 1969-03-31
The Czechs sorely missed Suchy and Jaroslav Jirik, who has signed a one-year contract with St. Louis of the NHL... Suchy, who starts the scoring plays, broke his index finger. Jirik, who finishes them, pulled a leg muscle and left the game in the first period... Without Jirik, the Czech's attack dissipated.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Southeast Missourian, 1969-05-26
SCOTTY Bowman praised Jirik at a news conference as a "good two way player. He is very aggressive."


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