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Mike Buckna

  • Position
    C
  • Height
    5'7" / 170 cm
  • Weight
    -
  • Shoots
    L
  • Contract
    -
  • Highlights
    5-time Czechoslovak Extraliga Champion 5

Natural born coach, great player and kind person. Mike (Matej - as he was called in Czechoslovakia) Buckna was a son of Slovak parents, that emigrated to Canada. In Autumn 1935 he came to Czechoslovakia to see the country of his parents. He bound his career with LTC Praha (as a player-coach). First season he was playing with czechoslovak star Josef Malecek. In the three following seasons he was leading the second formation of LTC Praha. In 1938 he was appointed as a head coach of Czechoslovak national team. After winning bronze medal in 1938 he said, that he have team of good men, that want to battle for their coutry and that he is proud of them. After WC in 1939, his work was interrupted by WW2. After it, in 1946 he answered the call from Czechoslovakia to come back from Canada and coach national team once again. He led Czechoslovakia to gold medals in 1947 and to silver medals on Olympic games in 1948. In February 1948 his work for national team was interrupted once again. Communists made the coup d´état and in Czechoslovakia started the years of dire terror. Buckna came back to Canada. He was returning occasionaly to Czechoslovakia in 1970´ and 1980´. He died January 6, 1996 in Milwaukee, USA. (Jan Jech)

Team Staff profile of Mike Buckna also available

Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1931-32 Trail Jr. Smoke Eaters Canada - - - - - |
1932-33 Trail Jr. Smoke Eaters Canada - - - - - |
1933-34 Trail Smoke Eaters Canada - - - - - |
1934-35 Trail Smoke Eaters Canada - - - - - |
1935-36 LTC Praha Czech - - - - - |
1936-37 LTC Praha Czech - 8 - - - |
Czechoslovakia (all) International 1 0 - - - |
1937-38 LTC Praha Czech - 14 - - - |
1938-39 LTC Praha Czech - - - - - |
1946-47 LTC Praha Czech - 10 - - - |
1947-48 LTC Praha Czech - 11 - - - |
Czechoslovakia (all) International 1 1 - - - |
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
Team Staff History
S Team League Role on Team Notes
1935-36 LTC Praha Czech Player-Coach
1936-37 LTC Praha Czech Player-Coach
1937-38 LTC Praha Czech Player-Coach
Czechoslovakia WC Head Coach
1938-39 LTC Praha Czech Player-Coach
Czechoslovakia WC Head Coach
1946-47 Czechoslovakia WC Head Coach
LTC Praha Czech Player-Coach
1947-48 Czechoslovakia OG Head Coach
LTC Praha Czech Player-Coach
Player Career Totals
League GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
Canada 0 0 0 0 - 0 |
Czech 0 43 0 0 - 0 0 |
International 2 1 0 0 0.00 0 0 |
Player Biography and Trivia

Cult/Star player for Czech Republic

Cult/Star player for HC Sparta Praha

Cult/Star player for LTC Praha

Other
He had a disputes with Vladimir Zabrodsky (that was called "the Boss") and thats why he left LTC Praha in 1947.
He married Lola Fronkova from Czechoslovakia (they had one son). He was very popular in mid-war democratic Czechoslovakia. Sometimes called the father of czechoslovak hockey. (Jan Jech)

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