Vladimír Nadrchal was one of the world’s top goalies in the late 1950s and 1960s.
Playing in Brno, Czechoslovakia, Nadrchal won eight Czech League titles (1958, 1960-66). Nadrchal was the first Czech goalie to wear a mask. At the international level, Nadrchal played at two Winter Olympics (1964, 1968), winning a silver medal in 1968 and a bronze medal in 1964.
Nadrchal competed at five World Championships, in 1958-59, 1961, 1965, and 1967, winning silvers in 1961 and 1965 and a bronze medal in 1959.
In 1958 Nadrchal was chosen as the best goaltender at the World Ice Hockey Championships.