Jan Palous


May 28, 2022

Jan Palouš (October 25, 1888 in České Budějovice - September 25, 1971 in Prague), until 1947 Jan Leopold Alois Pallausch, was a Czechoslovak ice hockey player, author of memoirs and film director. He was one of the Czech hockey musketeers, he became famous as the scorer of the first goal of the Czech hockey team and won two European titles. He used many other names, such as Pal, Valda, Algae, etc.



He was born Jan Leopold Alois Pallausch, son of the mining council Alois Pallausch (1835–1914) and his wife Leopoldina, née Limpová (1849–1916). The official surname was changed to Palouš only in 1947. From 1899, the family was reported to the police in Královské Vinohrady (now Prague), Jan was the youngest of six children. He studied Prague technology.

Family life

On October 28, 1919, he married (civil marriage) Maria Kafková (1889– ??).

After World War II

After the Second World War, he devoted himself to editorial work and wrote his memoirs. In 1959, together with other outstanding former footballers and hockey players, he won the title of Merited Master of Sports. He died in Prague.

Sports track

Jan Palouš played hockey for the Academic SK from his youth as a young band (later renamed the Czech Sports Society). As a member of this club, together with the players of Slavia Prague, he became acquainted with real ice hockey at the international level in Chamonix in 1909 (then referred to as Canadian for distinction). He scored the historically first Czech national goal in this sport. After returning from Chamonix, he published the idea in the magazine Sport a hry that ice hockey would take precedence over bands in hockey in the future. He was active in journalism in the following years. In 1912, he demanded the construction of a roofed hall with artificial ice in Prague, coincidentally on the spot where this happened after more than fifty years. He was an integral part of the Czech national hockey team. Before the First World War, he missed only the first two matches of the European Ice Hockey Championship in 1914, where he traveled after passing the technical tests until the last match. After World War I, he changed his club jersey and moved to Slavia Prague. As a player in Czechoslovakia, he participated in the Olympic tournaments in 1920 (here the Czechoslovaks won bronze) and 1924, which were also the first world championships, and one European Championship in 1921. He represented a total of 19 matches, in which he scored 2 goals.

Editor, writer and filmmaker

He was the editor of Prager Press, a sports publicist and author of memoirs. In the 1950s, he collaborated on pictorial publications, including with his son Radim Palouš.

Memoárová literatura

Hello, this is Editor Laufer! (memories and adventures of a sports announcer in clubs and on the field, on the train and at the microphone; under the original surname J.A. Pallauš, drawings by Ondřej Sekora; Prague, Orbis, 1931) Musketeers with a hockey stick (a story about the sad and happy destinies of our first hockey players, foreword by Josef Laufer, illustrations by Jiří Hejn; Prague, Mladá fronta, 1955, 1959, 1968) With a hockey stick around the world (cover, binding and illustrations by Jiří Hejn; Prague, Mladá fronta, 1956)


The Face of Czechoslovakia (compiled by Jan A. Palouš, texts by František Halas; Prague: Orbis, 1948)


He directed the films Night Terror (1914), The Sixteen-Year-Old (1918), The Dream of Brother Andrew (1918), The Princess of the Cottage (1918), The Czech Sky (1918), The Devil (1918) and The Road Around the Republic (1923). He wrote the screenplay for the film The Princess from the Cottage, and also acted in the film The Road Around the Republic.



External links

Pictures, sounds or videos about Jan Palouš on Wikimedia Com