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HABL Zdenek
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Czech Republic   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthGottwaldow, TCH
Height1.77 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Kamila, two children
Residence
Czech Republic
Occupation
Administrator
Languages
Czech, Slovak
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para ice hockey in 2005 in Zlin, Czech Republic.
Why this sport?
His doctor also worked for a Para ice hockey club in Zlin, Czech Republic, and suggested that Habl try the sport. "I had no idea there was a national team. It certainly wasn't my immediate goal to play internationally. My first goal was to stay on the ice so I wouldn't fall. It just worked out over time."
Club / Team
SHK LAPP Zlin: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Tomas Sedlacek [club], CZE; Jakub Novotny [national]
Training Regime
He trains for 16 hours a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Czech Republic
General Interest
Nicknames
Zdenkyu (caths.cz, 21 Feb 2014)
Hobbies
Spending time with family. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Scoring his first goal at the Paralympic Winter Games, against Japan at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach David Vrbka. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Czech ice hockey player Jaromir Jagr, Norwegian Para ice hockey player Rolf Einar Pedersen. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I have to be full. I can't play well without a good meal." (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
He was named in the CPHL All-Star team in the Czech Republic in 2014/15 and 2015/16. (denik.cz, 23 Mar 2016; hokej.cz, 08 Mar 2015)

He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] of the 2014 Czech Open [four nation tournament] in Litomerice, Czech Republic. (hokej.cz, 26 Dec 2014)

He was named the 2008/09 Player of the Year in the Czech Republic. (sport.cz, 22 Aug 2009)
Famous relatives
His younger brother David Habl has played Para ice hockey for the SHK LAPP Zlin club in the Czech Republic. (sledgehokejzlin.cz, 10 Oct 2020; zlinskynocnik.cz, 12 Feb 2017)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated after he was hit by a car in 2004. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018; zlinsky.denik.cz, 01 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010 Team  
5 2014 Team  
6 2018 Team  
6 2022 Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008/2009 Team  
4 2012 Team  
4 2013 Team  
7 2015 Team  
4 2019 Team  
5 2020/2021 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011 Team  
4 2016 Team