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|1983 NHL DRAFT PICK|
No. 38 overall by Minnesota North Stars
December 17, 1964
Height: 6-3 Weight: 205
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Hometown: Vysoke Myto, Czech Republic
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Championships: 1983 (silver medal)
World Junior Championships: 1982 (silver),
European Junior Championships: 1981 (silver), 1982
| Debut: October 11, 1986 (Minnesota at
Numbers: 6 (Minnesota); 3
(Calgary); 3 (Ottawa); 8 (Edmonton)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||MIN, CGY, EDM||42
AWARDS AND HONORS
Minnesota KMSP-TV Trophy (Community Service): 1988-89
Minnesota Emery Edge Award (+/- Leader): 1987-88 (minus-2)
1990-91: Played eight regular-season games for Minnesota team that
went to Stanley Cup Finals, but was traded away before postseason.
Scouting Career: Named
Edmonton amateur scout, specializing in Czech and Slovak prospects, prior to 2001-02 season and
remained in that
position through 2006-07 season.
Miscellaneous: Missed part of 1986-87 season with separated shoulder, suffered
in Minnesota's Dec. 9, 1986, game vs. Edmonton. He did
not return to action until Minnesota's Dec. 18, 1986, game at Toronto. ...
Missed part of 1988-89 season with broken foot, suffered during
Minnesota's Dec. 17, 1988, game vs. Los Angeles. He did not return until Minnesota's Feb. 4, 1989, game at Quebec. ... Missed parts of 1988-89
season with mild concussion, an injury suffered when he was checked by Daryl
Stanley during Minnesota's Feb. 9, 1989, game vs. Vancouver, and with
strained lower back muscles, an injury suffered during warm-ups before
Minnesota's Feb. 18, 1989, game vs. Hartford. ... Missed part of 1989-90
season with back spasms, an injury suffered during Minnesota's Oct. 31,
1989, game vs. Toronto. He did not return to action until Minnesota's Nov.
24, 1989, game vs. New Jersey. ... Missed remainder of 1989-90 regular
season and start of 1990 playoffs with bruised foot, an injury suffered
during Minnesota's March 31, 1990, game at St. Louis. He did not return to
action until Game 4 of Minnesota's first-round playoff series vs. Chicago on
April 10, 1990. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with shoulder injury,
suffered during Calgary's Feb. 23, 1991, game vs. Quebec. ... Missed part of
1992-93 season with back spasms, an injury suffered during Calgary's Nov. 8,
1992, game at Quebec. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with strained neck,
an injury suffered during Calgary's Dec. 28, 1993, game at San Jose. He did
not return to action until Calgary's Jan. 7, 1994, game at N.Y. Islanders.
... Missed part of 1993-94 season with hyper-extended elbow, an injury
suffered during Calgary's March 22, 1994, game vs. N.Y. Rangers. He did not
return to action until Calgary's April 6, 1994, game vs. Anaheim. ...
Finished fourth in NHL with plus-38 rating in 1993-94. ... Led Calgary with
a plus-38 rating in 1993-94. ... Missed parts of 1995 season with bruised
right knee, an injury suffered during Calgary's Jan. 24, 1995, game vs. St.
Louis, with sprained right knee, an injury suffered during Calgary's Feb. 9,
1995, game vs. Anaheim, and with back spasms, an injury suffered during
Calgary's Feb. 26, 1995, game at Anaheim. ... Missed part of 1995 season
with sprained right knee, suffered in Calgary's April 7, 1995,
game vs. Los Angeles. He did not return to action until Calgary's April 24,
1995, game at Anaheim. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with concussion,
an injury suffered in Ottawa's Oct. 22, 1995, game at N.Y. Rangers. ...
Missed part of 1995-96 season with lacerated neck, an injury suffered when
he was cut by Antti Tormanen's skate during Ottawa's Jan. 18, 1996. The
gash, which just missed an artery, required 22-stiches to close, and Musil did not return
to action until Ottawa's Feb. 1, 1996,
game vs. Washington. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with bruised right foot, an
injury suffered during Ottawa's Feb. 3, 1996, game vs. New Jersey. He did not return until Ottawa's Feb. 22, 1996, game at Dallas. ... Missed part of 1998
playoffs with concussion, suffered during Game 6 of Edmonton's
first-round series vs. Colorado on May 2, 1998. ... Was Edmonton's nominee
for 1998-99 Masterton Trophy. ... Missed entire 1999-00 season with spinal
cord injury, suffered when he fell head-first into the boards during Edmonton's practice on Oct. 2, 1999. ... Missed
remainder of 2000-01 season with nerve damage in neck and arm, suffered
in Edmonton's Jan. 5, 2001, game at Chicago. The injury ended his
Pardubice, Jihlava (Czechoslovakia); Saxonia (Germany); Prague Sparta (Czech
Republic); Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic); Detroit, Indianapolis (IHL)|
Canada Cup: 1984 (fifth place),
1991 (sixth place)
World Championships: 1985
(gold medal), 1986 (fifth), 1991 (sixth), 1992 (bronze medal),
1994 (Czech Rep.) (seventh), 2006 (silver medal) (as assistant coach), 2007
(seventh) (as assistant coach)
World Junior Championships: 1984
AWARDS AND HONORS
Championship: 1985 (Jihlava)
World Championships All-Star First Team: 1992
World Junior Championships All-Star First Team: 1984
Czechoslovakian Canada Cup Captain: 1991
Miscellaneous: Played in Czech
Republic and Germany during 1994-95 NHL lockout. ... Sold cars during
off-seasons of early playing days in Minnesota. ... Worked for a company
in High River, Alberta, during off-seasons of his playing days in Calgary.
... Came out of retirement to play two games for Jihlava (Czech Republic)
during 2001-02 season.
Personal: Nicknamed "Frank." ...
Also known as Frank Musil during his playing days. ... Husband of former pro
tennis player Andrea Holikova. ... Brother-in-law of NHL player Bobby Holik.
Minnesota gambled when it drafted Musil in 1983 because he would not be
allowed to leave Czechoslovakia without permission from the Czech
authorities -- permission that was unlikely to be granted from the Iron
Curtain nation. However, three
years later the North Stars' gamble paid off when Musil defected from his
home country and arrived in Minnesota on July 18, 1986. Musil's journey to
freedom began on July 15, 1986, while he was on vacation with his girlfriend
at a resort in Yugoslavia. On that day, he left his girlfriend behind at the
hotel to join Minnesota general manager Lou Nanne and Edmonton-based player
agent Rich Winter, who had played the key role in coordinating Musil's
defection. Musil got into a car with Nanne and Winter, and the trio began to
look for way out of Yugoslavia. It took them two days, but they were able to
get Musil through the border by using a temporary American work visa,
thereby duping guards who did not know Musil's true identity as a hockey
star. On July 17, 1986, the three men flew to London and then to New York on
the Concorde. Shortly before midnight on July 17, carrying only a small bag
with some of his possessions, Musil made it to Minnesota. He had managed to
get out of Czechoslovakia without telling his family or girlfriend of his
plans to defect. He had secretly studied English to prepare for the
defection and had even refused to sign a five-year contract with the
Czechoslovakian national team in the spring of 1986, because the contract
would have required that he promise not to defect. Despite having done this,
the Czechs were still willing to give him the holiday visa to go to
Yugoslavia. Musil was never officially considered a defector by the U.S.
government because he had come to the United States on a work permit rather
than as an individual seeking political asylum. In fact, the North Stars had
spent three years arranging for Musil's legal entry into the United States.
In addition, Musil completed the last of his military obligations in June
1986 so that he could never be considered an army deserter and so that he
would be eligible for legal holiday visas. Nevertheless, the Czechs still
viewed him as a defector, and Musil knew he could not return to the
Communist country until he had gained U.S. citizenship. This became a moot
point seven years later when the Communist regime collapsed, however he had
already returned by then, making a trip back in 1991.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
Minnesota traded Musil to Calgary in exchange for Brian Glynn on October 26,
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