Lucjan Kulej

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Referee
Full nameLucjan•Kulej
Used nameLucjan•Kulej
Born29 November 1896 in Danków, Świętokrzyskie (POL)
Died13 July 1971 in Katowice, Śląskie (POL)
AffiliationsAZS Warszawa, Warszawa (POL)
NOC Poland


Lucjan Kulej was a versatile player, who played both forward and defense. Throughout his career he represented AZS Warszawa, the club that he co-founded, winning five Polish Championships (1927-1931). In addition to his appearance at the 1928 Winter Olympics he wore the Polish colors at three - separately held European Championships (1926-27, 1929) and two World Championships (1930-31). His greatest achievements were a silver medal at the 1929 European Championships and helping win the 1928 World Students’ Championship. In total, Kulej represented Poland in 34 games.

Kulej also excelled in rowing, winning the World Students’ Championship in 1924 in coxed fours and taking five Polish Championships, two in coxed fours and three with the eights. After his active career he went on to serve as a coach and official. In 1936, he was assistant coach of the Polish national ice hockey team during the 1936 Winter Olympics led by Aleksander Tupalski.

Kulej was a member of Pilsudski’s Polish Military Organization (POW) 1915-18. Fighting at the Ukrainian front he was seriously wounded in December 1918, but he returned to the Bolshevik front in 1919. During the Silesian uprising and the subsequent plebiscite, he campaigned for a union with Poland. In 1924, he graduated from the Faculty of Law of Warszawa University. From 1930-39 Kulej held the post of prosecutor in various districts. During the German occupation he continued to act as an underground prosecutor for the Regional Court in Warszawa. Under the cover name “Ostoja” (= shelter) Kulej participated in the Warszawa Uprising as a lieutenant. After the war, Kulej established a law firm in Katowice and helped revive regional sports organizations for hockey and tennis.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) POL Lucjan Kulej
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Poland =8


Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Phase Unit Role As
1936 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) POL Lucjan Kulej
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Group D Great Britain — Sweden Referee

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