Officials have announced that the Czech Republic will host the 2015 Ice Hockey World Championship. The news was announced on Friday afternoon after a meeting of International Ice Hockey Federation representatives in Cologne, Germany. The 2015 championship will be split between Prague and Ostrava in the east of the country. The last time the Czech Republic hosted the tournament was in 2004, also in the Czech capital and the Moravian city. The Czechs finished outside of the medals that year, beaten in the quarterfinals by the USA.
In hockey, Montreal defenceman Roman Hamrlík racked up two assists and provided plenty of muscle in Montreal’s own zone on Thursday, helping his team defeat the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The game took place at Montreal’s Bell Centre, and was a must-win for the Canadiens who were down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. The Habs clinched the game with a score of 5:1. Afterwards, Hamrlík a native of Zlín, was named the game’s first star. Montreal next play Philadelphia on Saturday and will be hoping to square the series.
There were scenes of euphoria in Cologne on Thursday evening, as the Czech ice hockey team overcame Finland in a tense penalty shootout. The win represented a real breakthrough for the Czechs, who had previously been knocked out at the quarter-final stage at the World Championship four years in a row. They now face Sweden for a place in the final.
A Czech bid to host the ice hockey world championships in 2015 will be debated at a two-day meeting of the International Ice Hockey Federation starting on Thursday. The Czech Ice Hockey Association has fixed on 2015 because the competition is likely to be stronger than in 2014, when the Winter Olympics are also taking place. The only other candidate to host the 2015 championships is Ukraine. A factor in favour of the Czech bid is likely to be the near unblemished performance of the Czechs in hosting the 2004 World Championships.
In related news, the Czech ice hockey team played Finland on Thursday
afternoon for a place in the semi-finals of the ongoing World
in Germany. The match started badly with the Czechs conceding a goal after
55 seconds but equalising at the start of the third period. There was no
more scoring in regulation or extra time. The Czechs won 2:1 on penalties.
The Czechs had not got beyond the quarterfinal stage since 2007. The result is a revenge for the 0:2 defeat inflicted by the Finns in the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games earlier this year. The teams shared victories in their previous two encounters.
The Czech Republic have beaten Canada 3:2 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Ice Hockey World Championship in Germany. There was great interest in the game in the Czech Republic, as failure to take at least one point would have seen the team exit the worlds with the country’s worst placing ever in the competition. After Canada went ahead the Czechs came back with goals from Lukáš Kašpar, Jaromír Jágr and Jakub Klepiš to open up a two-goal lead that was only threatened when their opponents made it 3:2 with little over a minute remaining. The Czech Republic will take on Finland on Thursday for a place in the semi-finals; the Finns knocked the Czechs out at the same stage at the Olympics earlier this year.
The Czech Republic have beaten Canada 3:2 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Ice Hockey World Championship in Germany. There was great interest in the game in the Czech Republic, as failure to take at least one point would have seen the team exit the worlds with the country’s worst placing ever in the competition. After Canada went ahead the Czechs came back with goals from Lukáš Kašpar, Jaromír Jágr and Jakub Klepiš to open up a two-goal lead that was only threatened when their opponents made it 3:2 with little over a minute remaining. Who the Czech Republic play next will be determined by the results of subsequent games.
The Czech Republic has kept its hopes of advancing at the Ice Hockey World Championship alive after beating Latvia 3:1 on Monday, but they will have to earn one more point in the final stage if they are to qualify for the knockout rounds. On Tuesday afternoon the team will face Canada and will need a win or at worst a tie in regulation time.
In Sports News: Sparta Prague win the Czech football league after one of the most dramatic season finales in recent years, setting a couple of impressive records along the way; defender Tomáš Řepka is the hero of the day after his goal seals the title; and the Czech Republic are on the ropes at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Germany.
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