In Sports News this Monday: there are upsets in the playoffs of ice hockey’s Extraliga, with the clubs who came first and second in the regular season both exiting in the quarter-finals for the first time ever; Sparta Prague pull ahead in the Czech soccer league with a 3:0 win over Brno; Vendula Frintová takes a top triathlon prize in Australia; and former European footballer of the year Pavel Nedvěd takes part in the Prague Half Marathon.
A play-off game of the top Czech hockey league was postponed on Wednesday after a fan in the audience died of heart attack. The 59-year-old man collapsed in the 5th minute of the quarterfinal best-of-seven game between Vítkovice and Sparta Prague; he died in the stadium despite resuscitation attempts by a doctor in the audience and by paramedics who arrived at the stadium. The man, who had a history of heart illness, was declared dead after more than 30 minutes. At the same time, Sparta Prague player Jakub Korejs was injured after hitting the sideboard and was taken to hospital with spinal injuries. The referees interrupted the play; both teams later agreed to finish the game on Thursday, and postpone the remaining games of the series by one day.
The ice hockey goaltender Tomáš Vokoun has said that he will play for the Czech Republic in May’s World Championship in Germany. Vokoun, who is 33, had previously said February’s Olympic Games in Vancouver would be his last international tournament. The goalie said he wanted to help coach Vladimír Růžička and the whole of Czech hockey. By contrast, forward Jiří Hudler, who was left out of the squad for Vancouver, has said he would turn down a call-up for the World Championship.
Mission from the Kontinental Hockey League visited the city of Hradec Králové, eastern Bohemia, on Thursday to inspect the local hockey arena. Although no official report has been released, vice president of the KHL’s executive committee Vladimir Shalayev said he saw no reasons why KHL games could be played at the local arena. The hockey club Lev Hradec Králové applied to join the KHL, starting with the next season. If successful, it would be the first Czech hockey club to join the competition, considered to be strongest hockey league in Europe.
In Sports News: Czech downhill skiers clinch a sensational win in the World Cup Nations Teams event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen; football’s Sparta eke out last-minute win against Mladá Boleslav; Baroš scores in his first game back for Galatasaray; in hockey, Slavia and Liberec become the last two teams to reach the quarterfinals; Czech athletes post disappointing results at World Indoor Athletics championships.
The head of the Czech ice hockey association’s disciplinary committee, Stanislav Šulc, stepped down on Friday. Mr Šulc resigned over criticism concerning the committee’s decision to punish a top league player who purposefully injured his opponent in Tuesday’s play off game between Liberec and České Budějovice. The committee banned Liberec’s Stanislav Bartovič for one game but other extraliga teams as well as many fans thought the penalty was too light.
In the NHL on Wednesday, Czech hockey player Tomáš Fleischmann scored
the overtime winner for the Washington capitals over Carolina. The goal
came in the 64th minute and the final score was 4:3. The goal was
Fleischmann’s 19th so far this season. The player, who was one of the
more effective on the national team at the recent Winter Olympics, was
benched the last game for Washington; after the match he expressed hope
that the goal would help his place on the roster.
In other action, Radim Vrbata scored a penalty shot that helped Phoenix down Vancouver 4:3. The win is Phoenix’s 40th this season, a record the team has matched only once before, in the 2001/2002 season.
The women’s hockey club HC Slavia Praha last season recruited three foreign hockey players – two of them from a Canadian and one from an American university team - to help boost the level of women’s hockey here in the Czech Republic. Julia Bronson, Stephanie Jones and Carson Duggan have just finished a successful season with their team, which won the Czech league, and are now heading to the women’s hockey finals that are about to take place in Berlin. The three players talk about their experience here, the future of women’s hockey and how they
Vladimír Růžička has said he will quit as coach of the Czech ice hockey team after the World Championships in Germany in May. His announcement came after the Czech Republic were knocked out of the Winter Olympics at the quarter-finals. Růžička, whose contract expires at the end of the season, said after two years at the helm it was time to let somebody else take over. The former star player is also manager of the club Slavia Prague.
Czech forward Martin Erat earned two assists in the NHL on Thursday to
help Nashville down Los Angeles 4:2. He was named the game’s second
Erat has now earned 11 points in six games against LA. In other action,
Martin Rozsíval got one goal and one assist for the New York Rangers
against Pittsburgh, helping his team earn one point as the Rangers lost in
Two Czechs helped Phoenix defeat Colorado: Zbyněk Michálek assisted on Radim Vrbata’s goal, an empty-netter that sealed the game 3:1.
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