Kaberle / Novák
Born on 6 August 1951 in Kladno, Czechoslovakia.
Similarly as Eduard Novák, he started his career with the HC Kladno. Unlike Eduard, his close friend and team-mate, František was a defenceman. He played for Kladno since 1970 and became „faithful“ to the blue-white jersey until 1982. His statistics includes 13 seasons with a total of 426 games. He won the Czech Ice Hockey League six times. At the beginning of 1982/1983 season he followed his friend Eduard Novák to HC Furukawy Denko, Japan, and two years later they both moved to Duisburg, Germany, where they finished their careers.
František was himself a Czechoslovak national ice hockey team player in the mid-1970s winning the World Championships twice, in 1976 and 1977. His statistics in the national team include 104 games, five World Championships, Winter Olympic Games in 1980, The Canada Cup in 1976. Besides the two gold medals, he won the silver for three times.
František is the father of Tomáš Kaberle (Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Carolina Huricanes, currently Montreal Canadiens), and František Kaberle (Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Trashers, Carolina Hurricanes, and currently HC Pilsen)
(November 27, 1946 – October 21, 2010)
was a Czechoslovak ice hockey player, a bronze medalist from the 1972 Winter Olympics, and a silver medalist from the 1976 Winter Olympics. He was born in Buštěhrad.
He began to play hockey in Kladno in 1962 in a junior team, later he was transferred to the A-team. He served a military service in the teams of Dukla Písek and Dukla Košice.
Since the 1967/1968 season he returned back to the A-team of Kladno, where he played a total of 742 games scoring 488 goals. In 1979 he joined the team of Gottwaldow, and in 1980 he transferred to Klagenfurt, Austria.
In season 1982 he played together with František Kaberle in HC Furukawa Denko, Japan, before returning back to Kladno. In 1984 he played again in Japan at the time switching to jersey number 77 as his personal number 7 was unavailable.
He finished his career with Duisburg, Germany in 1985. During his career in Kladno he won a total of 5 Czechoslovak Hockey League titles, and also won the European Cup.
He was also a member of the Czechoslovak National Team scoring 48 goals in 113 games. He took part in the World Cups in 1971, 1975, 1976, 1977 and played at the Winter Olympics (1972 and 1976).
He was the 1976 and 1977 world champion. Since the second half of the 80’s he worked as a coach in Kladno. The 1986/1987 season saw him as the head coach of the Kladno-A team.
In following seasons he was a coach of several teams including Gottwaldov, Pilsen, Zlin, or Kralupy.
In 2009, he was inducted into the Czech Ice Hockey Hall of Fame and became a member of the league shooters. He died suddenly on Thursday, 21 October 2010 at the age of 63 years.