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11-19-2012, 05:09 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: BC, Canada
C Vladimír Růžička
6'3, 216 lbs, shoots L
82 G, 85 A, 167 Pts in 233 NHL GP
11 G, 9 A, 20 Pts in 20 Olympic GP
25 G, 25 A, 50 Pts in 50 WC GP
1985 World Championship All Star
1986, 1988 Czech Player of the Year
1990 Stanley Cup Champion
1998 Olympic Gold Medal (Team Captain)
1984 Olympic Silver Medal
1985 World Championship Gold Medal
Ruzicka was just 26, and considered to be the best player in all of Czechoslovakia, a traditional hockey power. Twice named the Czech hockey player of the year (1986 and 1988), he came to Edmonton and immediately placed at center ice between Jari Kurri and Esa Tikkanen - Wayne Gretzky's old spot.
"Rosie" as he became known, was a dangerous offensive weapon who possessed many of the same tricks later displayed by Jaromir Jagr. However, he was a pathetic defensive player. He might have been able to get away with his poor attention to defense back home, but not in the NHL.
Ruzicka was acquired by the Bruins in a trade on October 22, 1990. He eventually became a fan favorite in Boston because of his dazzling skills.
Twice, in 1986 and 1988, he was named as the best player in the entire country, back in an era when most of the best players were still back home.
Noted European hockey historian Patrick Houda said this of Ruzicka:
"His skills though placed him among the world's best ever. A hockey genius, perhaps the only players more dangerous in a one-on-one situation in modern times were Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr."
Now that is high praise!.
Legends of Hockey
He was not a particularly fast skater, and coaches were at first upset that he was not interested in defense. But they were happy with his habit of scoring a goal a game. He had endless ways to complete a play and had an excellent sense for passing. Ruzicka enjoyed outsmarting his opponents?luring the goaltender toward him, for example, and then getting the puck to a teammate who was perfectly positioned to score.
Bruins Sweaters of the Past
Possessing ideal size and skill, Rosie didn't speak a lick of English, but boy- could he ever play hockey! He couldn't find his own end with a compass, but he had a dizzying array of stickhandling moves and wicked shot he could get off from anywhere.
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