Pavel Francouz: Frankie and a Net


For years, no one collected more Pavel Francouz cardsthan the goalie himself. Now, after a breakthrough season in Denver, there’s plenty of competition for his collectibles. First off, the last name is pronounced “Fran-Sews.” But you can call him “Frankie.” That’s what everyone calls Colorado Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz, the 30-year-old from the Czech Republic who completed his first season in the NHL after several years apprenticing in various Czech leagues and the KHL. In his one, pandemic-shortened regular season, Francouz went from a guy whose name nobody could correctly pronounce to something of a household name in Denver. In…

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