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Ludek Čajka
Position Defenceman
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
196 lb (89 kg)
Teams TJ Gottwaldov
HC Dukla Jihlava
HC Zlín
Nationality Czechoslovakia
Born November 3, 1963(1963-11-03),
Gottwaldov, CS
Died February 14 1990 (aged 26),
NHL Draft 115th overall, 1987
New York Rangers
Pro Career 1982 – 1990


Ludek Čajka (November 3, 1963 - February 14, 1990) was a Czechoslovak professional ice hockey defenceman.

Čajka was drafted 115th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft but never played in North America. He played in the Czech Extraliga for TJ Gottwaldov, HC Dukla Jihlava and HC Zlín (formerly Gottwaldov). He also represented Czechoslovakia in the 1987 World Ice Hockey Championships, winning a bronze medal.

On January 6, 1990, Čajka suffered severe spinal injuries after colliding with another playing and crashing into the boards during Zlín's game against HC Košice. The injury left Čajka paralyzed and in a coma where he died on February 14, 1990. Zlín's stadium was renamed Stadion Luďka Čajky in his honour.

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