Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jiri Crha
Born in Pardubice in the former Czechoslovakia on April 13th, 1950, goaltender Jiri Crha had a full career in his homeland that included nine seasons in the Top Division league, four World Championships and one Olympic Games before he crossed the ocean to pursue a career in the National Hockey League. Crha signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 4th 1980 and after seven games in the minors, he was playing at the NHL level.

Crha, who was known to teammates as "George" suited up for 15 games with Toronto and managed to win 8 of them. Crha impressed the Leaf brass enough for them to deal away long time starter Mike Palmateer and hand the reigns to him. With Palmateer in Washington, Crha played 54 games in 1980-81 and managed an even record of 20-20-11 despite the fact the team was nine games under .500 on the season.

Despite his success with the struggling Maple Leafs Crha played just three more games in North America after the 1980-81 season, and they were all in the minors.

By 1983 Crha had headed to Germany to continue his playing career. In all Crha would play eight seasons in Germany before retiring in 1991.

With his playing days behind him Crha stayed involved with the game by becoming a player agent with players from the Czech Republic making up his client base.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1969-70 Dukla Jihlava Czech 19 1 2.37
1970-71 Dukla Jihlava Czech 32 2 2.46
1971-72 Tesla Pardubice Czech
1972-73 Tesla Pardubice Czech
1972-73 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 2 2 0 0 0 1.50
1973-74 Tesla Pardubice Czech
1973-74 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 5 3 1 0 1 2.31
1974-75 Tesla Pardubice Czech
1974-75 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 2 0 1 0 0 4.00
1975-76 Tesla Pardubice Czech
1975-76 Czechoslovakia Olympics 2 0 1.62
1976-77 Tesla Pardubice Czech 44 3.30
1977-78 Tesla Pardubice Czech 44 2.96
1977-78 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 1 1 0 0 0 2.00
1978-79 Tesla Pardubice Czech 37 3.16
1979-80 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 7 4 1 2 1 2.23
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 15 8 7 0 0 3.61 2 0 2 0 4.96
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 20 20 11 0 4.07 3 0 2 0 10.15
1981-82 Cincinnati Tigers CHL 2 1 0 0 0 8.15
1982-83 St. Catharines Saints AHL 1 0 6.00
1983-84 SV Bayreuth W.Ger-2
1984-85
1985-86 EHC Freiburg W.Ger-2
1986-87 EHC Freiburg W.Ger-2
1987-88 EHC Freiburg W.Ger-2
1988-89 EHC Freiburg W.Ger-2
1989-90 EHC Freiburg W.Ger-2
1990-91 EHC Freiburg W.Ger-2
1991-92 EHC Freiburg Germany 40 0 4.07
1992-93 EHC Freiburg Germany 41 12 23 2 0 3.68
NHL Totals 69 28 27 11 0 3.97 5 0 4 0 6.77


Signed as a free agent by Toronto, February 4, 1980.
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