The hockey community mourns the tragic loss of Roman Cechmanek, a former exceptional goaltender who passed away at 52. An Olympic winner in 1998 and a three-time world champion, Cechmanek's cause of death has not been determined yet.
However, recent years saw the native of Zlín grappling with severe financial issues, leading to legal challenges and a divorce from his wife, Dagmar. Cechmanek is survived by his two sons, Jakub and Roman, and daughter, Kateřina. Roman has followed in his father's footsteps, actively participating in hockey, including a recent season with Zlín's first league team.