Martin Hosták is one of Czech TV’s most popular hockey co-commentators, a job he took on after a successful career in Czech hockey, the NHL and in Sweden’s Elitserien. In this edition of One on One, we talk about his years on the ice, his current TV work as well as Czech hopes for a medal from the hockey tournament at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Looking back at the time when he first appeared in the Czech extraliga in the 1980s, Martin Hosták says the game has completely changed.
The Czech ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr will be fit for the start of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. After he was taken off after the first period of a game for his club Omsk on Friday there were reports in the Russian media that he had sustained a groin injury. However, Jágr told the newspaper Sport that he had merely felt weak because of a stomach virus, adding that he would likely be able to play for Omsk again on Sunday in what will be the club’s last game before the Olympic break.
Jaromír Jágr was taken off injured after only the first period of his club Omsk’s second last game before the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. There have been reports in the Russian media that Jágr strained his groin in Friday’s match, though the seriousness of the injury is not clear. The 37-year-old, regarded as one of the greatest Czech players of all time, is the only man in the current squad who was in the side that took gold at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan’s Nagano.
Czech forward Martin Havlát scored two goals in NHL action on Thursday to
help his team Minnesota defeat the Edmonton Oilers. The final score was
and Havlát was named the game’s first star.
In other action, the New York Rangers’ Václav Prospal racked up four points on the night, scoring twice and earning two assists against Washington. It wasn’t enough for the win, though: Washington edged the Rangers 5:4.
Milan Michálek, who plays for the Ottawa Senators, earned a goal and an assist against Vancouver. The Canucks lost by a score of 3:1.
The ice hockey clubs Sparta Prague and Zlín have been fined CZK 100,000 after mass fighting between their players during a game in the Czech Extraliga. Two Zlín players also received suspensions, as did one Sparta player. During Sunday’s match, which Zlín won 4:1, seven players from each side were sent off after a series of fights, with an Extraliga record of 439 penalty minutes imposed.
In Sports News this Monday: Zdeněk Štybar becomes the first Czech in 19 years to win the Cyclo-cross World Championships, in front of a home crowd in Tábor; Czech Karolína Plíšková takes the junior title at the Australian Open; and goalie Tomáš Vokoun sets a new personal record for shutouts in one season in ice the NHL.
In Sports News this Monday: first place in Estonia’s Otepaa represents a double hat-trick for cross country skier Lukáš Bauer; Šárka Záhrobská admits to lacking “zest” after another off-the-pace finish in the slalom World Cup; Czech ice hockey captain Patrik Eliáš is knocked unconscious during an NHL game; and Czech men’s number one Radek Štěpánek exits the Australian Open in the first round.
Czech ice hockey star Patrik Eliáš is undergoing further tests after he had to be stretchered from Saturday’s National Hockey League game for the New Jersey Devils. Eliáš remained on the ice for around five minutes after a hard hit in the second period and was apparently temporarily unconscious. A hospital examination showed no serious injury but the Devils’ manager said further tests would be carried out with the likelihood that Eliáš will have to take a pause from the sport. Eliáš was named captain of the Czech team to compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver at the end of last year.
Czech goalie Tomáš Vokoun – the starter in goal for the Czech squad in Vancouver – was named the top player in an NHL game between Florida and Tampa Bay on Thursday. Vokoun, who plays for Florida, allowed two goals but stopped 28 shots, including a penalty in the 56th minute, to help Florida defeat Tampa 3:2. The winning goal was scored by another Czech player, Rostislav Olesz.
In hockey, NHL goalie Tomáš Vokoun earned his 4th shutout of the season
on Saturday, allowing Florida to beat Ottawa by three unanswered goals.
Vokoun, who has been nominated to the Czech Olympic hockey team as its
starting goalie, stopped a total of 24 shots. All the same, he was not
named the first star in Saturday’s match: that honour went to fellow
Czech Rostislav Olesz who scored two goals - both in the 2nd period.
In other action, it was a poor night for Atlanta goalie Ondřej Pavelec against Washington. He was pulled after allowing four goals in 24 minutes. Washington won the game by a final score of 8:1. In net for Washington was another Czech, Michal Neuvirth, who blocked 38 out of 39 shots.
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