Round 2, Vote 4 (HOH Top Goaltenders)
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11-27-2012, 01:30 AM
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Consider the rule changes in international hockey that allowed the agressive(physical) forecheck in the fall of 1969. Blend in the early LWL employed by the Czechoslovakian National team - effectively three defensemen. You will see why the Czech went from the more mobile Dzurilla to the relatively stationary Holecek.
The Czech coaches and officials understood this very well. It was reflected in their low opinion of Jiri Holecek in the 1998 voting.
Do you know of any scouts who share this opinion or is this just your personal opinion from watching him?
Because it's completely counter to Patrick Houda's description on Joe Pelletier's blog:
But many consider him being a better goaltender than Tretiak. In his homeland (Czech Republic) Holecek was called "Kouzelnik" (The Magician), for his acrobatic style of play. He was equally good and fast with his blocker as he was with his glove hand. He also had very quick feet and tried to emulate the style of his childhood idol, Canadian Seth Martin. Another strength was that Holecek always used to be cool under pressure. Many say that if Holecek had got the same exposure as Tretiak did when he faced the NHLers then he would be regarded as the best European goalie ever.
"quick feet," "acrobatic style," does not say "stationary" to me. Unless you mean Holecek stayed in his net a lot, but as discussed, that was the preferred method of playing against the USSR
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