Jaroslav Holík - Born August 3, 1942 in Německý Brod, Czechoslovakia (Bohemia and Moravia) – Died April 17, 2015 in Jihlava, Czech Republic was a Czech ice Hockey centre and coach.
One of the hardest competitors of all time who never gave up. Opponents hated playing against him for his fierce playing style.
Very outspoken but always demanded everything out of himself and his teammates. Always in top shape.
- Czechoslovak Extraliga Champion 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974 with Dukla Jihlava. (another four as a coach).
Played 602 league games, scoring 266 goal and 375 assists.
- Spengler Cup Champion 1965, 1966, 1968, 1978 (runners up 1970 & 71) with Dukla Jihlava.
- IIHF European Cup runners up 1968, 1971, 1975 with Dukla Jihlava.
Czechoslovakia National Team
- 1972 Winter Olympics Bronze Medal Winner
- IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships Gold Medal winner 1972, Silver Medal winner 1965, 1966 and Bronze Medal winner 1969, 1970, 1973.
At the 1969 IIHF World Ice Hockey championships, Jaroslav Holík and teammate Jaroslav Jiřík led the Czech team’s rebellion against Soviet influence by covering up the red star on their jerseys with tape for the March 28th game vs the Soviets, a 4-3 Czech victory. The Czechs would only win the IIHF bronze medal at this tournament, but by defeating the Soviets, not just once, but 2 times at the tournament, they had won and the whole country of Czechoslovakia knew it. Wild celebrations and anti-Soviet protests erupted in the streets of many Czech cities.
After he finished his playing career, Holík worked as a coach with Dukla Jihlava and the Czech National Team juniors, coaching them to championships at the 2000 U20 IIHF World Juniors and the 2001 U20 IIHF World Juniors.
Jaroslav Holík was inducted in the Síň slávy Českého hokeje / Czech Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009