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Jaroslav Jirik
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Hockey Player
    (December 10, 1939-July 11, 2011)
    Born in Brno, Czech Republic
    Right winger for RH Brno (1961-69,1970-75) and the St. Louis Blues (1969-70)
    First player from the Eastern Bloc to play in the NHL
    Scored 83 goals in 134 international games for Czechoslovakia
    Member of bronze (1964) and silver (1968) medal winning Winter Olympic hockey teams
    Coached the Swiss national team (1977-80)
    Died in the crash of a plane he was piloting
    He was actually one of three Czechoslovak players signed by the Blues, but the Czechoslovak government reneged on the other two players because they were still in their 20s.
    He spent most of his time with the Blues on their Kansas City farm team, playing only three games with St. Louis.
    The Blues asked him to stay another year, an offer he declined; he later said he regretted the decision.
    During a game against the Soviet Union at the IIHF World Championship (1969), he led several teammates in covering the communist logo on their national team uniforms to protest the Soviet suppression of the Prague Spring rebellion.
    He scored 35 points in 53 games for Kansas City to be named the team's Rookie of the Year.
    During his first NHL game, he was thrilled when Stan Mikita of the Backhawks greeted him with 'Ako sa mas?' ('How are you?' in Slovak.)

Credit: C. Fishel


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