Hockey: Former Czech goaltender Čechmánek dies at 52

Former Czech ice hockey goaltender Roman Čechmánek, Olympic champion from Nagano and three-time world champion, has died at the age of 52, the daily reported on Sunday.

Čechmánek was a substitute for Dominik Hašek at the Nagano Olympics and won world championship titles in 1996, 1999 and 2000. He also won five Extraliga titles with his home club of Vsetín.

The native of Zlín, who faced serious financial problems in recent years, spent four seasons in the NHL, playing for the Philadelphia Flyers, where he was drafted in 2000. He retired from playing in 2009.