Petr Nedved

Petr Nedved

Czech hockey player, forward.
Date of Birth: 09.12.1971
Country: Czech

Content:
  1. Petr Nedved: A Biography
  2. Running Away to Pursue a Dream
  3. The Decision to Stay in Canada
  4. The Impact on His Parents
  5. Surviving in Canada
  6. The Language Barrier
  7. His Time in the NHL
  8. The Misunderstanding with the Pittsburgh Management
  9. Choosing Dual Citizenship
  10. Playing for the Czech Republic
  11. The Future

Petr Nedved: A Biography

Petr Nedved is a Czech hockey player who has had a fascinating career as a forward. He won a silver medal in the 1994 Olympics as part of the Canadian national team and a bronze medal in the 2012 World Championship as part of the Czech national team. Despite his successful career, the 40-year-old veteran has yet to make the decision to travel to Russia. In an exclusive interview with Sports.ru, Nedved discusses his reasons for leaving his home country, his dreams of playing in the NHL, and the challenges he faced in his early days in Canada.

Running Away to Pursue a Dream

Nedved explains that he had a dream to play in the NHL and saw no other way to achieve it but to leave his home country. He reflects on the difficulties he faced in his first few months in Canada, not knowing when he would see his family again. Despite the challenges, his determination to play in the NHL kept him going.

The Decision to Stay in Canada

Initially, Nedved did not immediately decide to stay in Canada. It was during a tournament in Calgary that he began to consider staying in the country. With each passing day, his feelings grew stronger and he eventually made the final decision on the last day of the tournament. He was only 17 years old at the time and admits that his dream was more important to him than anything else.

The Impact on His Parents

Nedved reveals that he did not tell his parents about his decision to stay in Canada because he knew they would not have let him go. He acknowledges that it was a difficult time for his parents and they tried to convince him to come home. He understands their feelings as he can relate to them now as an adult.

Surviving in Canada

Nedved explains that he initially survived with the help of a Czech family in Calgary who took care of him. He had very little money and recalls drinking water and eating bread with salt. However, once he started playing for the Seattle team and later in the NHL, he was able to take care of himself.

The Language Barrier

Despite learning Russian in school, Nedved struggled with the language barrier when he first arrived in Canada. He jokes that he should have gone to Russia instead. However, he quickly adapted and was able to communicate fluently within a few months.

His Time in the NHL

Nedved reflects on his early years in the NHL, admitting that the high expectations placed on him as a second overall draft pick made it challenging for him to perform at his best. However, he credits his success in the league to his determination and the support he received from his teammates and coaches.

The Misunderstanding with the Pittsburgh Management

Nedved reveals that his year-long absence from the NHL was due to contract disputes with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He felt that the contract offer was too low and demanded more. Despite disagreements, he eventually signed with the team and continued his successful career in the NHL.

Choosing Dual Citizenship

Nedved explains that he became a Canadian citizen in 1993, while still maintaining his Czech citizenship. He saw no reason not to take advantage of the opportunity to have dual citizenship and embrace his new country.

Playing for the Czech Republic

Although Nedved enjoyed playing for the Canadian national team, he ultimately decided to play for the Czech Republic at the World Championships. He considers himself a Czech at heart and believes it would be foolish to pretend to be Canadian. However, he acknowledges the love for hockey in both countries.

The Future

Nedved reveals that he still loves playing hockey and will continue to do so until he no longer feels capable of competing at a high level. He enjoys every minute on the ice and appreciates the opportunity to still be playing the game he loves.

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