Zdenek Nedved played three seasons in the OHL, although his first consisted of just 19 games. Nedved played with the Sudbury Wolves from 1992-93 to 1994-95. He has just signed on with HC Merano of Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey Ghiaccio Serie A2.
In his second season in Sudbury, 1993-94, Zdenek contributed a balanced 50 goals and 50 assists for 100 points in 60 games. He was second on the Wolves only to Jamie Rivers’ stellar 121 performance. The following season Nedved scored 47 and added 51 assists for 98 points in 59 games. These numbers were good enough for the team lead in all three scoring categories.
In that 1994-95 season, the Wolves went to the semi-finals before bowing out to the Detroit Junior Red Wings in seven games. Detroit went on to win the Robertson Cup as OHL playoff champions then moved on to the Memorial Cup final game before succumbing to the Kamloops Blazers. In that playoff run, Zdenek did all he could offensively with 28 points in 18 games.
Zdenek represented the Czech Republic at the IIHF Under-20 World Hockey Championships in each of his last two seasons in Sudbury. The team was left off the podium both years but Nedved played well at a point per game pace.
The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Nedved in the fifth round of the 1993 NHL draft, 123rd overall. Zdenek saw one game with the Leafs during his final season of junior and scored a goal on his first shift. Over the next three years after graduating from the OHL, Nedved played in Toronto’s system, making it onto the lineup of the big club just 30 more times.
1998-99 was the season Zdenek returned to Europe and never looked back. He has since been a well-travelled man. His first season in Europe was split between HC Sparta Praha in his native Czech Repubic and Lukko of Finland’s SM-Liiga. In 1999-00, he led Lukko in scoring with 46 points in 54 games. He would spend two more seasons in Finland after that.
2002-03 and 2003-04 were spent in Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). 2004-05 saw him move to Norway for a season. The following two were playing in the Asia League. The past three years have seen him back in the Czech Republic’s Extraliga and also the Extraliga of neighbour Slovakia.
Merano is currently sitting in seventh position in the nine team league. You can find the article on the team’s official website announcing the arrival of Zdenek Nedved here. The article is in Italian.