In Sports News today: Tomáš Verner fails to deliver at World Figure Skating Championship; Liberec has made dramatic comeback against Slavia in the ice-hockey Extraliga play-offs; Czechs are to meet Scotland in a friendly in May; Czech football coach Karel Bruckner has said he will resign after Euro 2008; Pavel Nedvěd is considering returning to the national football team.
Czech defenseman Roman Hamrlík scored the opening goal as well as the
game-winner for the Montreal Canadiens, who defeated the New York
3-0 in hockey action on Saturday. The goal is Hamrlík’s fifth of the
season. The Canadiens are currently second in the Eastern Division behind
New Jersey - fifth in the overall league standings.
In other NHL action on Saturday, the Buffalo Sabres’ Aleš Kotalík retained his scoring touch from one day earlier, opening the scoring for Buffalo against Toronto. The Sabres added five more to down the Leafs 6-2.
Hockey forward Aleš Kotalík scored the final goal in a cannonade of
goals by the Buffalo Sabres against the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins on
Friday. Buffalo won 7-3. Kotalík scored with just three minutes left in
the final period to cap Buffalo’s win.
In other action on Friday, goalie Tomáš Vokoun turned away 32 shots to help the Florida Panthers down the New York Ranger 3-2. Florida have now won their last six games.
Czech forward Robert Holík was instrumental in a dramatic turnaround win
for Atlanta over Calgary on Thursday, notching up two assists and earning
the game-winning goal. Atlanta trailed 3-0 at one point in the game, but
In other action: Martin Hanzal assisted on both goals in the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0 win over Vancouver on Thursday, keeping alive his team’s playoff hopes. Phoenix trails Vancouver by three points - with the Canucks currently in the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference.
In NHL action on Thursday Czech forward Rostislav Olesz scored his 20th goal of the season to help the Florida Panthers defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins. The final score was 5-2. In other games, Tomáš Plekanec – the most productive Czech player in the NHL – opened the scoring for the Montreal Canadiens against the Phoenix Coyotes. Montreal went on to win 4-2. Czech defenceman Zbyněk Michálek scored once for the losing team. In another notable game, defenceman Tomáš Kabrle notched up two assists for Toronto, with the Maple Leafs trouncing the Boston Bruins 8-2.
World champion in ice-hockey Stanislav Konopásek died on Thursday at the age of 84. Mr Konopásek, a former forward for LTC Prague and the Czechoslovak national team, won the world title in 1947 and 1949 as well as a silver medal at the Olympic Games in 1948. In 1950, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison for high treason by the communist regime, together with several of his team mates.
The most productive Czech ice hockey player in the NHL this season Václav Prospal has left Tampa Bay Lightning for the Philadelphia Flyers. The move means the forward returns after a decade to the club where he was drafted back in 1993. Prospal, who is 33, is a two-time world champion with the Czech national team.
Pavel Bárta, the spokesman for the Czech Ice Hockey Association, is a former hockey journalist and author with more than 20 years experience. His most recent book covers everything from the 1920s in Czech hockey to the Olympics, including the Czechs’ famous gold win at Nagano ten years ago. In this edition of One on One: a look back at that tournament as well as Pavel Bárta’s early career. When we met at his Prague office recently, the former Bruins fan admitted to a lifelong fascination with North America’s NHL and he began by telling me what it
In today’s Sports News: the Czech football Gambrinus Liga restarts after the winter break; Slavia Prague lose to Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Cup, a cross-country skiing World Cup event takes place in Liberec, with Czech Lukáš Bauer reaching the podium; and the Czech hockey Extraliga’s regular season is almost over.
In tennis, the Czech Republic have booked a safe passage to the Davis Cup quarterfinals by beating Belgium; cross-country star Lukáš Bauer wins classic 15 km to add to commanding lead in World Cup standings; Czechs finish last in Euro Hockey Tour; a TV crew is robbed during World Cup ski jumping event.
Over 1,000 skeletons discovered during renovation of Kutná Hora “bone church”
Why are Russian and Chinese spying activities in Czech Republic so intense and how exactly do they do it?
Prague’s historical Koh-i-noor factory to be converted into residential area
An Experiment in Vivisection: Czechoslovakia’s Second Republic 1938-1939
The history of the “German Czechs”