Czech forward Jaroslav Holík, whose career spanned nearly 25 years, in addition to a lengthy coaching career and children and grandchildren making an impact in international hockey as well, has passed away due to an undisclosed illness at the age of 72.
Holík, who played 18 seasons with Dukla Jihlava and another five with his hometown Havlíčkův Brod of the Czechoslovakian League, shone brightly on the international stage, suiting up for Czechoslovakia at seven World Championships, winning Gold in 1972, silver in 1965 and 1966, and bronze in 1969, 1970 and 1973, in addition to a bronze medal at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics. Holík then went on to a sucessful coaching career, serving behind the bench of Dukla Jihlava for 17 seasons, leading them to four Czech Extraliga titles, as well as coaching the Czech Junior Team for five seasons, and serving as President of Havlíčkův Brod for three years.
Holík, who won his first IHLC in 1965 and won an additional three times in his career, was also the patriarch of one of Czech hockey’s greatest family dynasties, as his brother Jiří was also a standout on the Czechoslovakian squad, and his son Bobby, son-in-law František Musil and grandson David Musil have all played professionally in the NHL, and his grandson Adam Musil is an expected pick in this year’s NHL Draft. Our condolences go out to the Holík family, as well as the extended hockey community both at home, and to all of the places his family has made an impact since.