The Czech Ice Hockey Association says that its earnings from the recent world championships in May far exceeded its expectations. In the immediate aftermath of the championships, head of the association Tomáš Král said that he expected earnings to be several dozen million crowns. In fact, the first accounting estimate now puts the earnings at around 450 million crowns before tax. Ticket sales, which account for around three-quarters of income, surpassed expectations by around 25 percent.
The Czech Business Inspectorate uncovered shortcomings in 53 percent of shops, refreshments stands and restaurants it visited during the Ice Hockey World Championships, it said in a news release issued on Tuesday. The inspectors targetted the stadia in Prague and Ostrava where the tournament was held and nearby spots. They said they had seized 200 counterfeit items, with the most popular being replica jerseys of Czech star player Jaromír Jágr.
The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation Rene Fasel has expressed deep disappointment that members of the Russian hockey team left the ice at Prague’s O2 arena on Sunday showing what he called complete disrespect for Canadian competitors who won the final 6:1. After the blowout, most of the team made a show of leaving the ice without waiting for the Canadian national anthem. Mr Fasel told TASS he had seen nothing like it in more than 29 years he has attended to the championship. Some players - Alexander Ovechkin, Yevgeny Malkin, Viktor Tikhonov and Dmitry Kulikov – reportedly remained on the ice, but Mr Fasel charged that Russia’s head coach and general manager should have been present to stop the others. He added that after he returned from the Czech Republic, the IIHF would review the incident.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs fail to make home advantage pay at Ice Hockey World Championships, finishing fourth; Jágr retires at international level despite being Czechs’ most productive player; and Hradec Králové and České Budějovice are relegated 12 months after winning promotion to Czech soccer’s top flight.
On Sunday, in the final of the Ice Hockey Championships at Prague’s O2 Arena, Canada declassed defending champions Russia, at one point leading 6-0. Russia was able to score a consolation goal in the third period for a final score of 6:1. Afterwards, the Russian squad made a show of leaving the ice even before the Canadian national anthem was performed. Organizers announced that a new tournament record was set this year in attendance: 64 matches in Prague and Ostrava were visited by a total of 741,690 fans – an average of 11,589 per match.
Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr announced his retirement from international competition on Sunday after the national team’s loss to the United States. The Czech squad finished fourth at the Ice Hockey World Championships held this year in Prague and Ostrava. Jágr, who is 43, was named the tournament’s MVP and was named to the All-Star team. The player told journalists that it was time to move on, looking forward to at least one more season in the NHL with the Florida Panthers. Jágr won a gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and two World Championships – in 2005 and 2010. His 722 goals lead all active NHL players.
In ice hockey, the Czech team lost against the US 0:3 and failed to take the Bronze position in the World Championships. Nick Bonino opened the scoring in the 8th minute with Trevor Lewis adding a second in the last minute of the period. The Czechs stepped up the pressure in the second period but failed to convert their chances despite at one stage having a four minute power play. Against the run of play Charlie Coyle added a third goal in the 40th minute. The Czech team therefore finished in fourth position, the same place as last year in Minsk.
In ice hockey, the Czechs will face the US for the bronze medal position in the world championships on Sunday afternoon. The US were beaten 4:0 by Russia, the current champions, who will compete with Canada for first place on Sunday night. The US-Russia contest remained goalless until the 47th minute when Sergei Mozyakin broke the deadlock. Goals followed in the 51st, 55th, and 58th minutes. Earlier, Czech star Jaromír Jágr said his team’s main problem had been not to convert early chances in the game against Canada. Canada scored without reply in the first two periods and controlled much of the match.
In ice hockey, the Czech team lost in the semi-final against Canada 0:2 on Saturday. Canada opened the scoring with Taylor Hall in the eighth minute and Jason Spezza in the 30th adding a second with no reply from the Czechs. Michál Jordan found the net for the Czech in the second period but the goal was disallowed because of an infringement by Petr Koukal. The Canadians looked dominant throughout the match with Jaromír Jágr failing to reproduce the magic from Thursday night. The Czechs will now face the US or Russia for a bronze medal.
Czech forward Tomáš Plekanec, who plays for the Montreal Canadiens who were recently eliminated in the Stanley Cup playoffs, will play on Saturday in the semifinal match against Canada in this year’s Ice Hockey World Championships. National team coach Vladimír Růžička confirmed the information. Plekanec was the second-highest goal-scorer for Montreal during the NHL regular season; he is expected to skate on Friday evening and to also train on Saturday morning ahead of the match.