Czech’s Hopes Rest On Vokoun

Editor’s Note – Tomas Vokoun was 20-10-2 and ranked 18th in the ECHL with a 3.67 goals-against average in 35 regular season games for Wheeling in 1995-96. He ranked third in the ECHL with a 2.61 goals-against average while going 4-2-1 with a .903 save percentage in seven postseason games for Wheeling.

By Alan Adams columnist
August 11, 2004

Tomas Vokoun is no longer a work in progress.

Vokoun has established himself as the No. 1 goalie for the Czech Republic and his arrival as the man between the pipes signals a changing of the guard when the 2004 World Cup of Hockey begins.

Dominik Hasek, easily the most dominant goalie in Czech hockey history, is out of the picture as far as the Czech team goes and Vokoun has emerged from the shadows to be the go-to guy. Vokoun had a sparkling 34-29-10 record and a 2.53 goals-against average with the Nashville Predators last season. He tied for second in the League with 73 games played and he’s played 142 of Nashville’s 164 games over the last two seasons.

In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he was 2-4 with a 2.02 average in the first-round loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

And Vokoun was one Czech who held his head high at the end of the 2004 World Championships in Prague. The host Czechs finished fifth, but Vokoun posted a 5-1 record along with a 1.14 GAA and .944 save percentage.

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