Jiri Hudler grew up as a fan of Roman Horak.
Roman Horak grew up as a fan of Jiri Hudler.
Long before he became teammates and now linemates with Roman Horak Jr. on the Calgary Flames, Hudler recalls watching his father -- Roman Horak Sr. -- dipsy-doodle around defencemen in the Czech Extraliga.
"The hands on him were incredible," Hudler marvelled prior to Monday's showdown with the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena. "Obviously, (Horak Jr.) got his hockey sense from him and his hands. I'm happy that Roman has made it all the way here. His dad was a great player. When I was a kid, I was looking at his father as a really good player back home."
Horak Jr. is proud of his pops, but he also idolized a different generation of Czech snipers as a youngster.
He's now linemates with a couple of them, with Flames head coach Bob Hartley using the 21-year-old pivot between Hudler and Roman Cervenka in the third period of Sunday's 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars.
The Flames received almost instant return from what is being referred to as the Czeching Line, with Horak scoring his first of the season to spark the comeback in the Big D.
Horak, Hudler and Cervenka were skating together once again Monday night in Phoenix.
Hudler says Horak has dad's hockey sense
Calgary Sun | Feb 19