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The Czech Republic were beaten 3:2 by Switzerland at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Germany on Saturday evening. The Czechs gave themselves a hill to climb in their first qualification round game in Mannheim, after conceding two goals in a poor first period. Saturday’s result leaves them in fourth place in group F with three points. If they fail to win their next game against Latvia on Monday night, they could be without a chance of progressing to the next stage when they take on Canada less than 24 hours later.
The Czech Republic beat Sweden 2:1 at the ice hockey World Championship in Germany on Thursday night. The goals came from Tomáš Rolinek and Petr Hubáček in what was the Czechs’ first victory over the Swedes in the competition since 2005. It followed a shock defeat to Norway two days earlier. Jaromír Jágr and his teammates now advance to the next round at the World Championship, with their next game against Switzerland on Saturday.
Thirty-eight-year-old Czech hockey star Jaromír Jágr is far from happy with the situation on the national team following the squad’s shock loss to Norway at the World Championship. Speaking to reporters afterwards, the centre-forward, who has played for the national squad on many occasions, was highly critical of key players who this year declined the World Championship in Germany. He suggested they should “kiss the behinds” of big-name players who had selflessly played for their country before.
The Czech ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr has criticized experienced players who refused to play for the national side at the World Championship in Germany. After a shock defeat to Norway on Tuesday, the 38-year-old said they should bear in mind that when they themselves were younger it was the success of older players that helped them reach the NHL. Jágr – who was the Czechs’ best player in Tuesday’s game – said those who had cried off ought to examine their consciences. Around two dozen NHL players declared themselves unavailable. The Czech Republic’s next game is against Sweden on Thursday evening.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey players have been beaten 3:2 by Norway at the World Championship in Germany, missing out on their first chance to guarantee themselves a place in the next phase of the competition. Previously the best the Norwegians had achieved against the Czechs was two draws. Both the Czechs’ goals were scored by star forward Jaromír Jágr. Their next game is against Sweden on Thursday.
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In ice hockey, the Czech national team beat Belarus 5:2 on Thursday night in the last warm up match before the World Championships in Germany. The Czechs conceded a two goal lead but then pushed ahead in the closing stages of the match with three goals without reply. The squad flies to Mannheim, Germany, on Friday. The first World Championship match will be against France on Sunday.
The Czech hockey team is gearing up for the Ice Hockey World Championship in Germany, departing for Mannheim on Friday. A day earlier the team dispatched Belarus in a final warm-up match 5-2. What will it take for the Czechs to do well in Germany, after a disappointing finish earlier this year at the Vancouver Olympics? We look at a number of key factors.
Dominik Hašek has been named Czech ice hockey player of the season. Hašek, who is 45, also took the prizes for goaltender of the season and best player in the playoffs at a ceremony in Prague on Monday night, less than two weeks after helping Pardubice take the Extraliga title. The “Dominator” was one of the NHL’s most successful goaltenders of the 1990s and early 2000s and was on the Czech team that took gold at the Olympics in 1998.
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