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Vojtech Kucera: 7 Fun Facts

Learn about Las Vegas' Director of European Scouting

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

George McPhee continued to transform Las Vegas's hockey operations staff by tabbing Czech Republic native Vojtech Kucera as the team's Director of European Scouting.

Seeing that the 50-year-old Kucera never played in the NHL, he might not be a name too familiar to North American hockey fans.

Here are seven fun facts to help you get to know Kucera better.

 

1. Kucera had been a European Scout with the Washington Capitals for the past 17 seasons.

The first 15 of Kucera's seasons with the Capitals were with McPhee as his general manager. McPhee originally hired Kucera with the Capitals in 1999-00.

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2. Kucera's younger brother, Frantisek, also has ties to McPhee.

Frantisek Kucera, a defenseman, played 56 games for McPhee's Capitals in 2001-02. Frantisek Kucera also played for the Vancouver Canucks when McPhee was in that team's front office, and with the Chicago Blackhawks, Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins in a 465-game NHL career, while winning an Olympic gold medal with the Czech Republic in 1998.

3. Vojtech Kucera, Las Vegas's Director of European Scouting, played professionally in Europe and in the Quebec Nordiques' minor league system in the 1980s.

4. Vojtech Kucera's career as a defenseman was highlighted by winning a championship in then-called Czechoslovakia in 1984-85, and by playing for Czechoslovakia at the 1985 World Junior Championships.

5. Kucera has a North American educational background, having earned a bachelor's degree at St. Thomas University in Canada and a master's in social sciences from the University of Toronto.

This is in addition to a degree in natural sciences from the Libensky Zamecek School in Europe.

6. Owns and operates an ice skating rink with his brother in the Czech Republic.

This led the Capitals to the team's first-round draft pick in 2014, Jakub Vrana, who frequented Kucera's facility growing up. NHL All-Stars Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (Russia) are other players that Kucera helped the Capitals acquire.

7. Las Vegas's Vojtech Kucera is not to be mistaken with a well-established Czech poet who is also named Vojtech Kucera.

 

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