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Roman Cechmanek Dead Aged 52


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Roman Cechmanek, a former NHL goaltender won an Olympic gold medal with Czechia in Nagano 1998, is dead at the age of 52.

According to iSport.cz, a Czech sports website, the circumstances of his sudden death are not yet known. His son Roman was reportedly the one who found him and called authorities.


Cechmanek went undrafted in his late teens and early twenties, getting drafted at age 29 in the sixth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. In his rookie season in 2000-21, he stole the Flyers’ starting job and finished with a 35-15-6 record, a .921 save percentage and a goals-against-average (GAA) of 2.01, including 10 shutouts. On top of a gold medal in 1998, the native of Chrudim, Czechia won three World Championship gold medals in 1996, 1999 and 2000.


He is survived by three children, sons Jakub, Roman and daughter Katerina.



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