|Born:||Jan 18, 1975||Draft:||1993 Senators, 27th Overall|
|Hometown:||Uherské Hradiště, Czechoslovakia||Position:||Defense|
|Known For:||Czech Extraliga Silver Medal||Shoots:||Left|
|National Team:||Czechia||Current Status:||Retired|
Radim Bicanek (born January 18, 1975) is a former Czech ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2001-2002 season. Drafted 27th overall by Ottawa Senators in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Bicanek had the makings to be a solid NHL defenseman. Leading up to his draft, he was a part of the Czechoslovakia team that captured bronze medals at the U18 European Junior Championship and U20 World Junior Championship. Bicanek spent most of the two next seasons with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), honing his offensive talents and earning a six-game stint with the Senators towards the end of the 1994-95 season.
After one full season with the Senators minor-league affiliate Prince Edward Island Senators, Bicanek played parts of three seasons with Ottawa. He wasn’t able to replicate his offensive awareness from his junior days, registering one assist in 29 games over three years. The Senators traded him in 1999 to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 1999 sixth-round pick. His stint in Chicago lasted one year, and he spent the majority of it with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League (IHL). Chicago left him exposed in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft, and the Blue Jackets swooped in and took him.
While his first season with Columbus was spent primarily in the American Hockey League (AHL), Bicanek received a full season of playing time in the 2001-02 season. He registered one goal and six points in 60 games, along with 34 penalty minutes and a minus-15 rating. It would be the final appearance in the NHL for Bicanek, as he returned to the Czechia league following one more season in the AHL. He played in 12 more seasons, including stints with SK Znojemští Orli, HC Kometa Brno, and HC Energie Karlovy Vary.
Radim Bicanek Statistics
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- U18 EJC Bronze Medal (1993)
- U20 WJC Bronze Medal (1993)
- AHL Player of the Week (Apr. 1, 2001)
- AHL Second All-Star Team (2001)
- Czech Extraliga Bronze Medal (2006)
- Czech Extraliga Silver Medal (2012)