Slovak defender Radoslav Suchý, a defensive defenceman who made his presence felt both on the international and professional stages in the United States, Switzerland and his native Slovakia, announced his retirement from hockey at age 43.
A free agent signing of the Phoenix Coyotes in 1997 from the QMJHL, Suchý made his pro debut in 1999, spending five seasons in the desert before returning to Poprad for the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Suchý returned to North America for one season with Columbus in 2005-06, returning to Europe with the Zürich Lions of the Swiss League in 2006, spending four seasons in the NLA, winning the NLA championship in 2008 and Champions Hockey League in 2009. Suchý returned to the Slovak League in 2010, spending seven seasons with Poprad, and spent his final two seasons with MHk 32 Liptovský Mikuláš.
Joining the Slovak junior team at the U18 European Junior Championships in 1994, Suchý also contended at the 1996 World Juniors before joining the senior team for the 2000 World Championship, winning Silver in Slovakia’s surprising run to the finals. Suchý would play at the Worlds again in 2003 and 2005, winning Bronze in 2003, and also suited up for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and 2006 Olympics in Turin.
Suchý would capture the IHLC three times over the course of his career – just prior to the 2000 World Championships, at the 2004 Deutschland Cup, and finally at the 2006 Olympics, his final tournament for Slovakia. We wish Radoslav and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!