Vaclav "Big Nedo" Nedomansky will be inducted on 18 Nov in the @HockeyHallFame's Class of 2019 as second player after Peter Stastny who has spent a considerable part of his career with HC SLOVAN Bratislava.
Nedomansky was the first athlete from an Eastern European communist country to defect to North America to pursue a career in professional hockey. He had 277 points (121 goals, 156 assists) in 420 NHL games over six seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, Saint Louis Blues and New York Rangers, and eight points (three goals, five assists) in seven playoff games.
Prior to playing in the NHL in 1978, the forward was a longtime member of the Czechoslovakia national team and played in the 1968 Grenoble Olympics and the 1972 Sapporo Olympics, as well as four seasons in the World Hockey Association from 1974-78 for Toronto Toros and Birmingham Bulls.
"As you know, I'm not really new coming to North America," Nedomansky said for nhl.com. "I've been coming here since 1962 and admiring your players and your league, and when I made that decision in 1974 to follow my dream, I jumped right into it and I'm so happy I did that. I would thank all my teams and all my players… thanks to them, I'm where I am today."
Nedomansky played for Slovan Bratislava for twelve seasons in the Czechoslovak league between 1962 and 1974. He still leads the franchise all time goals in the regular season with 354 goals in 320 games, and is second in all time points with 440 points behind Richard Kapus.