Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Miroslav Dvorak
Born in Htuboka nad Vitavou, Czechoslovakia, on October 11, 1951, defenseman Miroslav Dvorak had a long and accomplished career in his native land before he came overseas to play for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1982.

Dvorak played nine seasons in Czechoslovakia and participated in eight World Championships and two Canada Cups in that time. The Philadelphia Flyers made Dvorak their third selection in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, and he came to North America the next fall to join the Flyers lineup.

Dvorak made a solid impression in his first NHL season, playing in all 80 contests and scoring four goals and 37 points. The Flyers were so impressed with the play of the rookie defenseman, he was awarded the Barry Ashbee trophy, given annually to the Best Flyers' Defenseman.

In his second season in North America, Dvorak was producing and an even better pace, but injury woes stopped him from exceeding the previous year's output. In 1984-85, he was limited to just 47 games, but got his first significant taste of post-season play when the Flyers unexpectedly advanced to the Stanley Cup finals before eventually falling to the Edmonton Oilers. Dvorak played 13 playoff contests for the Philadelphia registering one assist.

Dvorak left the Flyers following their playoff march and signed a contract to play in Germany. He played two seasons with Kassel, then split his final season of professional hockey between Germany and his native Czechoslovakia.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1965-1972 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech
1972-73 Dukla Jihlava Czech 4 7 11
1973-74 Dukla Jihlava Czech 14 7 21
1973-74 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 4 0 3 3 4
1974-75 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 10 18 28
1974-75 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 2 4 6 2
1975-76 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 31 9 2 11 18
1975-76 Czechoslovakia Olympics 5 0 2 2 2
1975-76 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 8 0 0 0 4
1976-77 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 7 0 1 1 4
1976-77 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 4 14 18
1976-77 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 9 0 1 1 8
1977-78 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 43 10 16 26 48
1977-78 Czechoslovakia Nat-Tm 16 1 3 4
1977-78 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 0 3 3 4
1978-79 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 42 3 19 22 14
1978-79 Czechoslovakia Nat-Tm 24 0 3 3
1978-79 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 8 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 44 7 17 24 27 6 1 1 2 0
1979-80 Czechoslovakia Nat-Tm 24 4 5 9 4
1979-80 Czechoslovakia Olympics 6 1 1 2 0
1980-81 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 44 8 27 35
1980-81 Czechoslovakia Nat-Tm 28 5 3 8
1980-81 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 8 1 2 3 4
1981-82 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 6 0 3 3 2
1981-82 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 38 6 20 26 24
1981-82 Czechoslovakia Nat-Tm 35 0 15 15 6 10 0 5 5 4
1981-82 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 0 5 5 4
1982-83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 4 33 37 20 +27 3 0 1 1 0
1982-83 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 0 3 3 14
1983-84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 66 4 27 31 27 +19 2 0 0 0 2
1984-85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 47 3 14 17 4 +12 13 0 1 1 4
1985-86 ESG Kassel W.Ger-2 43 13 46 59 46 17 8 23 31 20
1986-87 ESG Kassel W.Ger-2 52 8 54 62 44
1987-88 EHC Essen-West W.Ger-2 36 10 36 46 16 18 4 5 9 8
1988-89 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 27 0 7 7 16 12 0 3 3 0
NHL Totals 193 11 74 85 51 18 0 2 2 6


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