Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Robert Reichel
Robert Reichel started playing at the highest level as young as 16. Nobody could imagine a junior national selection that excluded him. He became the only player in history to win the points race before the age of 18 in the European Championship as well as in the World Junior Championship. Only in 1993 were his records beaten by Swede Peter Forsberg.

In the 1989-90 season, with Litvinov, he came of age and scored 41 goals in 44 league matches and collected 78 points and became the best shooter and most productive player. He was immediately invited to the senior World Championship.

The national team's young offense Jaromir Jagr, Robert Reichel and Robert Holik went into the tournament full of confidence. When leaving for the NHL at the end of the season, Reichel was considered the greatest talent in the country. According to many people, he was the one with all the prerequisites to have a great career and achieve stardom even more than Jagr.

When he arrived in the NHL in the summer of 1990, he brought the Calgary Flames an explosive style and scored many goals. In his first two seasons he scored close to 20 goals, and in the next two years he doubled his output. In the 1993-94 season he led the team with 93 point. Even during the next season, which began late because of the lockout, Reichel played for a German team, the Frankfurt Lions, and maintained his high points tally per game.

However, a dispute over a new contract hindered his further progress. The matter had to go to arbitration. When the court failed to comply with Reichel's demands, he returned to Frankfurt and racked up a remarkable 101 points in 46 games to become the most productive player in the German league.

He was one of the workhorses on the national team, which this time won its first World Championship title in 11 years. Yet, in the NHL Reichel never progressed in the playoffs beyond the first round. Neither with Calgary, where he returned for the 1996-97 season, nor with the New York Islanders to whom he was traded, nor with the Phoenix Coyotes whom he joined at the end of the 1998-99 season.

Perhaps the most glorious moment in his career came during what the Czechs consider the greatest tournament of the century the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. It was Reichel who beat Patrick Roy in a shootout during the semifinals with Canada. Dominik Hasek did not let one goal through and the Czechs advanced a step further in the competition for a gold medal.

He improved the team's play tremendously. Before his arrival, the team was hovering somewhere on the lower half of the standings. However, from time to time he had to quit playing because of injuries. From the very start he made no secret of the fact that he had another goal in mind to help Litvinov win its first home title.

After playing in Europe to be closer to his daughter, the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Reichel's rights and he joined the Leafs for the start of the 2001-02 season and went on to play three seasons with the club before opting to return home in 2004-05.

Throughout his international career, Reichel has represented his homeland on numerous fronts including; World Junior Championships (1988-1990), World Championships (1990-1992, 1996-1998, 2000-01 and 2003), Canada Cup (1991), World Cup (1996 and 2004) and Winter Olympics (1998 and 2002).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 CHZ Litvinov Czech 36 17 10 27 8
1987-88 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 3 8 11 2
1987-88 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 6 8 4 12 6
1988-89 CHZ Litvinov Czech 44 23 25 48 32
1988-89 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 4 4 8 4
1988-89 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 6 14 7 21 22
1989-90 CHZ Litvinov Czech 44 43 28 71 8 6 6 12
1989-90 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 11 10 21 4
1989-90 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 5 6 11 4
1990-91 Calgary Flames NHL 66 19 22 41 22 +17 6 1 1 2 0
1990-91 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 8 2 4 6 10
1991-92 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 5 1 2 3 6
1991-92 Calgary Flames NHL 77 20 34 54 32 +1
1991-92 Czechoslovakia WC-A 8 1 3 4 2
1992-93 Calgary Flames NHL 80 40 48 88 54 +25 6 2 4 6 2
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 84 40 53 93 58 +20 7 0 5 5 0
1994-95 Frankfurt Lions Germany 21 19 24 43 41
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 48 18 17 35 28 -2 7 2 4 6 4
1995-96 Frankfurt Lions Germany 46 47 54 101 84 3 1 3 4 0
1995-96 Czech Republic WC-A 8 4 4 8 0
1996-97 Czech Republic W-Cup 3 1 0 1 0
1996-97 Calgary Flames NHL 70 16 27 43 22 -2
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 12 5 14 19 4 +7
1996-97 Czech Republic WC-A 9 1 4 5 4
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 82 25 40 65 32 -11
1997-98 Czech Republic Olympics 6 3 0 3 0
1997-98 Czech Republic WC-A 8 0 4 4 0
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 70 19 37 56 50 -15
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 13 7 6 13 4 +2 7 1 3 4 2
1999-00 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 45 25 32 57 24 7 3 4 7 2
1999-00 Czech Republic WC-A 9 2 3 5 4 +3
2000-01 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 49 23 33 56 72 5 1 2 3 4
2000-01 Czech Republic WC-A 9 5 7 12 4 +11
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 20 31 51 26 +7 18 0 3 3 4
2001-02 Czech Republic Olympics 4 1 0 1 2 -2
2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 12 30 42 26 +7 7 2 1 3 0
2002-03 Czech Republic WC-A 8 4 4 8 2 +4
2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 11 19 30 30 +2 12 0 2 2 8
2004-05 Czech Republic W-Cup 4 0 0 0 2 -4
2004-05 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 32 9 19 28 32
2005-06 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 52 11 26 37 50
2006-07 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 52 26 21 47 46
2007-08 HC Litvinov CzRep 51 23 7 30 62 5 1 0 1 0
2008-09 HC Litvinov CzRep 47 14 31 45 72 1 0 0 0 2
2009-10 HC Benzina Litvinov CzRep 52 13 28 41 88 5 3 4 7 0
NHL Totals 830 252 378 630 388 70 8 23 31 20


EJC-A All-Star Team (1988, 1989)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1990)
Best Forward at WJC-A (1990)
Czechoslovakian First All-Star Team (1990)
WEC-A All-Star Team (1990)
WC-A All-Star Team (1996)
Traded to NY Islanders by Calgary for Marty McInnis, Tyrone Garner and Calgary's 6th round pick (previously acquired, Calgary selected Ilja Demidov) in 1997 NHL Draft, March 18, 1997. Traded to Phoenix by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 3rd round pick (Jason Jaspers) in 1999 NHL Draft and Ottawa's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Phoenix selected Preston Mizzi) in 1999 NHL Draft for Brad Isbister and Phoenix's 3rd round pick (Brian Collins) in 1999 NHL Draft, March 20, 1999. Traded to Toronto by Phoenix with Travis Green and Craig Mills for Danny Markov, June 12, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Litvinov (Czech), August 19, 2004.
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