Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kladno 1978

The resume of Czechoslovakian forward Eduard Novak is truly impressive - 5 League Championship titles (306 goals in 560 games); 2 Olympic Games; 4 World Championships (2 wins). On the international scene, he appeared in 113 games with the National Team and recorded 48 goals.

News of his passing on October 21, 2010 brought back memories of his visit to Toronto with Kladno as part of Super Series '78.

Super Series '78
 The game was held on January 2, 1978 at Maple Leaf Gardens. The Klando club had an enhanced line-up, adding 5 players from other Czech teams. In total, they had 9 players from their World Champioship squad dressed for the contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The complete roster for both teams is listed below.

20Milak Kolisek1Gord McRae
24Miroslav Krasa29Mike Palmateer
2Jaroslav Vins2Ian Turnbull
3Otakar Vejvoda4Trevor Johansen
4Miroslav Dvorak6Ron Ellis
5Bohumil Cermak7Lanny McDonald
6Milan Novy8Jack Valiquette
7Eduard Novak10George Ferguson
8Lubomir Bauer12Errol Thompson
9Jan Neliba15Pat Boutette
10Zdenek Nedved17Jerry Butler
11Frantisek Pospisil19Bruce Boudreau
12Frantisek Kaberele21Borje Salming
13Peter Stastny22Dave Williams
14Vaclav Sykora23Randy Carlyle
15Miroslav Krivacek25Scott Garland
16Marian Stastny24Brian Glennie
17Milan Skrbek26Kurt Walker
18Zdenek Mueller27Darryl Sittler
19Jaroslav Pouzar/Greg Hotham
20Milak Kolisek20Mike Pelyk
21Arnost Reckziegel16Jimmy Jones
22Bohuslav Ebermann

23Jan Novotny

 In Toronto, the Leafs drew heavy criticism for not icing key players. Coach Roger Neilson didn't pencil in Borje Salming or Lanny McDonald. Ian Turnbull was out due to a back injury, and Brian Glennie only lasted a couple of shifts. To top matters off, Gord McRae was in net instead of starting netminder Mike Palmateer.

 With a depleted roster, the Leafs were no match against Kladno. The visitors skated off with an 8-5 victory.

Scoring a pair each for the Czech club were Peter Stastny, Miroslav Krivacek and Jaroslav Pouzar. The other markers came from Jan Neliba and Milan Novy (empty net). Scoring for the Leafs were Darryl Sittler (2), Errol Thompson, George Ferguson and Scott Garland.

Of note, Dave "Tiger" Williams was assessed a major penalty for spearing Frantisek Kaberle. Yes, the father of current Leaf defenceman Tomas Kaberle.



1 comment:

  1. I just discovered your interesting blog a few minutes ago while trying to find more info about Super Series '78, which I remember watching on CBC.

    That should be Kladno, not Klando. Greg Hotham, called up from the IHL, wore #3 and had an assist, if I recall correctly; he wore #4 when he made the team full-time a year or two later. My memory is also a bit hazy now on Scott Garland, but I think he had been out all year with an injury, and this was his only game of the season and his last in a Toronto uniform, and he scored a goal. He was traded to the Kings after the season and was killed in a car accident in the spring of '79.

    Also on January 2, 1978, Washington upset Michigan in the Rose Bow; the Huskies were led by a quarterback named Warren Moon, playing his final college game.