Robert Reichel ( born June 25, 1971 in Litvinov, Czechoslovakia ) is a former Czech professional ice hockey player in his career, among other things for the Calgary Flames, the New York Islanders and the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League as well as for the HC Litvinov the Czech Extraliga played. Since his career end of 2010, he works as a hockey coach since 2011 as head coach of the U16 national team of the Czech Republic.
Robert Reichel began his career in the Czech Republic in the CHZ Litvinov, where he was able to convince as a center forward. During the NHL Entry Draft in 1989, the leaders of the Calgary Flames secured his rights, as they selected him in the fourth round at 70th overall position. A year later, in the summer of 1990, Reichel joined the National Hockey League for the Flames.
He was able to improve from year to year, reaching in his fourth season in the NHL 93 scorer points in 83 league games completed. The start of the NHL season was delayed due to a lockout, which is why Robert Reichel in Germany a contract signed with the Frankfurt Lions. By January 1995 he played there, then the NHL season began but still. For the 1995/96 season Reichel went to Frankfurt again and played a season in the German Ice Hockey League. In 1996 he returned to Calgary. In March 1997 he was transferred to the New York Islanders.
The time in New York was not particularly positive. Although he scored a constant score of over 60 points, but the playoffs he could never achieve with the team. At the 1998 Winter Olympics he won the gold medal with the Czech team. However, In March 1999, we transferred him to the Phoenix Coyotes, where he played the season to the end, he returned to his Czech homeland and was there for two years for his old club CHZ Litvinov active.
For 2001/ 02 the management of the Phoenix Coyotes transferred the rights to Robert Reichel to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who returned then to the NHL. By the summer of 2004 he played in Toronto. The 2004/05 season had to be canceled completely by a player strike. The offensive player then signed a contract with his hometown club HC Litvinov, for whom he went on the ice as team captain in 2010.
On 28 December 2007 Reichel scored a game of his HC Litvinov HC Slavia Prague against the after 2:39 minutes on a pass from Peter Jansky 1-0. It was his 250th hit in Extraliga and national.
After the 2009/10 season, he finished his career and became the new head coach of his home club. On 22 January 2011, he resigned from this post. In August 2011 he was appointed head coach of the Czech Under-16 national team.
Awards and achievements
While Robert Reichel has mainly played in the NHL and was awarded the Czech National Team 1998 Olympic champion, played his younger brother Martin Reichel exclusively in the DEL and took the German national team participated in many tournaments.
Overall Reichel graduated 156 international matches, in which he scored 45 goals.