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01-20-2012, 01:05 AM
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Milan Chalupa, D

From 1975-1985, Chalupa was one of Czechoslovakia's top defensemen. He was a regular on the national team, scoring 26 points in 84 games in 12 major tournaments, and he had a strong 11-year career in the Czech leagu, with 97 points and 377 PIMs in 279 games, plus unknown stats in his first 4 seasons (1974-1977).

In Chalupa's 12 tournaments, he won gold twice, silver/2nd seven times, and bronze/3rd twice. His 5th place finish at the 1980 Olympics was the worst he ever did. Chalupa was also a four-time Czech league champion (1974, 1982, 1983, 1984)

What separates Chalupa from some other "played a lot of international games" picks, is that he was recognized as a very strong player in his home league for a while too.

In 1984 he was 11th in the Golden Hockey Stick voting for the top player in all of Europe. And in the Czech league he ranked 7th in 1983 (1st among defensemen) and was rated the top defenseman. In 1984, he was voted 3rd among all players, and tops among defensemen. No other defenseman received significant votes.

This, coupled with his tenure on the national team (as well as a perusal of their rosters yearly), is a very good indication that he was always a top-2 or 3 defenseman on the Czech national team, particularly following 1978, Oldrich Machac's last year with the team.

In the 1985 season he tried his hand in the NHL, but thanks to injuries, (Missed part of 1984-85 season with pulled groin, an injury suffered during Detroit's Nov. 6, 1984, game vs. Montreal. He did not return to action until Detroit's Dec. 9, 1984, game at Washington. ... Missed remainder of 1984-85 season with re-aggravation of groin injury, suffered during Detroit's Dec. 12, 1984, game at Chicago) was little-used by Detroit over 14 games, scoring 5 points. He then went and played six more seasons in Germany.

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Chalupa was a teen star in his native Czech Republic and joined the elite Jiskra Havlickuv junior team at the age of just 13 in 1966. He remained with the club for six years, developing into a strong defensive star.
Note that Chalupa was a junior player for SEVEN seasons, starting at age 13 in a league full of 18-19 year olds.

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