The Czech Association of Ice Hockey Players (the CAIHP) was founded by experienced player of many extra-league clubs Marek Černošek, who was also a head of this association for a long time. He described the beginnings of this associaton as follows:
"During the preparation phase we met extensively with all interested parties. Such as for example Ice Hockey Association headed by JUDr. Tomáš Král, the director of the extra-league Mr. Josef Řezníček or the legends from among the past and present ice hockey players," says Marek Černošek, CAIHP chairman. He adds: "The enthusiasm for our steps was shared by such legendary players as Mr. Ruzicka, Hrdina, Jágr, Patera, Šlégr, Salfický, Čajánek, Straka and Petr Nedvěd or many agents of other players. All of them expressed their maximum support to our organization and they received the foundation of CAIHP with great enthusiasm."
"The vast majority of extra-league hockey players also showed their support to our association in the form of a signed contract. Since this day the Czech Republic has finally ranked among the advanced hockey countries – both in defending the rights of sportsmen and in the supervision above their extra-league wards´ obligation of duties," finishes Černošek.
The Ambassador of the Association became Petr Nedvěd, who acquitted himself this role just as competently as the position of national representation captain. Along with him there are agents of players from each extra-league club actively participating in the activities of the Association, who at the same time represent the communication link between the Association and individual players.