On Saturday evening, he and Roman Čechmánek called each other, they discussed Saturday’s game together, for which the Olympic champion from Nagano apologized. On Sunday, the three-time world champion was supposed to go to Kopřivnice with another student team from Uhersko-Hradiště, but he did not arrive at the meeting. He couldn’t. He was already dead.
In the past, Roman Čechmánek worked in Hodonín as a goalkeeper and coach.
| Photo: SHKM Baník Hodonín
“It was confirmed to me by his son Roman, who found him. He didn’t go to the match with the boys on Saturday because he was sick, he was supposed to go with the children on Sunday too, but he didn’t pick up the phone and didn’t even respond to the messages,” HC Uherské Hradiště club chairman Miroslav Stavjaňa told Denik.
The painful news of the death of the head coach of the youth affected him greatly. “It’s a terrible blow for all of us, something unexpected. But the family bears the biggest burden. Roman had three children. He was a healthy guy, he smelled of optimism,” says Stavjaňa.
He vehemently denies that Čechmánek has health problems. “He wasn’t sick. And that he would commit suicide is complete nonsense,” he stated bluntly.
The head of the club from Slovácko hired the former excellent goalkeeper and representative at the beginning of this year.
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Čechmánek was in charge of all the youth in Uherské Hradiště. He himself coached both teams of older students and one team of younger students.
At the weekend, Zbyněk Pavlíček stepped in for him, but who will replace the late Czech in Uherské Hradiště as head coach of the youth team, will be clear in some time.
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“It wasn’t time to deal with it yet. It’s all too fresh. Now human affairs are on the agenda, work is now on the sidelines,” adds Stavjaňa.
Olympic champion from Nagano Roman Čechmánek helps young hockey players in Uherské Hradiště.Source: Diary/Libor Kopl