More than four years removed from the last of his 982 regular-season NHL games, veteran forward Petr Nedved
remains a highly productive player in the Czech Republic's Extraliga.
Now in his fifth Extraliga season since leaving the NHL, and his fourth with his hometown Liberec White Tigers (HC Bili Tigri Liberec), Nedved has 8 goals and 16 points through the first 11 games of the 2011-12 regular season.
The center, who will turn 40 on Dec. 9, has taken a long and winding road in a life and career that ultimately has led him back to the place where it all began. Born in Liberec and raised during the communist regime of the former Czechoslovakia, Nedved defected to Canada at the age of 17. He has represented Canada and the post-Velvet Revolution Czech Republic in international competitions.
Nedved's 14-plus seasons in the NHL best can be described as bittersweet. Taken by the Vancouver Canucks
with the second pick of the 1990 Entry Draft, Nedved reached some lofty heights over the course of his career, but also went through more than his share of struggles, on and off the ice.