Milan Hnilička

Czech ice hockey player

Milan Hnilička (born June 25, 1973) is a Czech retired professional ice hockey goaltender. He played a career total of 121 regular season games in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played for the New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers, and Los Angeles Kings. He has also played in the Czech Extraliga for the HC Kladno, HC Sparta Praha, HC Bílí Tygři Liberec, and HC Slavia Praha and in the Russian Superleague with Salavat Yulaev Ufa.

Milan Hnilička

Milan Hnilička Liberec.jpg
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
21 October 2017
Personal details
Born (1973-06-25) June 25, 1973 (age 49)
Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
Ice hockey career
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Czech Extraliga team
Former teams
Bílí Tygři Liberec
New York Rangers
Atlanta Thrashers
Los Angeles Kings
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 70th overall, 1991
New York Islanders
Playing career 1989–2010
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold medal – first place 1998 Nagano Team
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Torino Team


Before playing professional hockey, Hnilička played 1 season with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL), 9 games with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the International Hockey League (IHL), 43 games with the Richmond Renegades of the ECHL, and 15 games with the Denver Grizzlies of the IHL.

He was drafted 70th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He didn't play a game with them and he signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent on July 15, 1999.[1] He played 2 games with them before he was sent down to play with their AHL-affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. During his time with the Wolf Pack, he won the Calder Cup and also won the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award for having the lowest goals against average. He shared to award with Jean-François Labbé.[1]

After he became a free agent, he signed a contract with the Atlanta Thrashers.[1] He played 3 seasons with the Thrashers and 15 games with the AHL-affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. On September 15, 2003, the Thrashers traded him to the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations.[1] He played 20 games with the Kings' AHL-affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs and was called to play Kings. He missed most of the 2003-04 season because of a finger injury that he suffered in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on December 31, 2003. He then left North America and signed a contract to play for HC Bílí Tygři Liberec of the Czech Extraliga on May 18, 2004.[1] He played 3 seasons with them and played 9 games for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Russian Superleague (RSL) before returning to HC Bílí Tygři Liberec.

He played 3 games with HC Slavia Praha before he announced that he was retiring from playing professional ice hockey in August 2010.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Milan Hnilicka - Notes". NHL. Retrieved 2014-10-19.
  2. "Milan Hnilička končí ve Slavii po třech odehraných zápasech". HC Slavia Praha (in Czech). Retrieved 2014-10-19.

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