Czechoslovak hockey star defects to Canada

Vashi Nedomanský is the son of Czech former legendary ice hockey forward Václav Nedomanský aka “Big Ned”  who is best known as the first hockey player to defect to North America to play.

Vashi provides us with vivid descriptions of the 1969 Ice Hockey World Championships where the Czech National Team faced  the Soviet national team for the first time since the 1968 Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia.

We hear a dramatic true story that combines sports, politics, espionage, corruption, and life-changing events that played out on a global stage.

Vashi is currently finishing a film that will reveal his father’s incredible story for the first time in his own words.

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BIG NED – Official Trailer from Vashi Nedomansky on Vimeo.