Czech ice hockey has experienced an unprecedented and somewhat strange turn of events this week, with the news that three clubs in the domestic league are to be docked points over a bureaucratic error: the failure to properly register new players before the season began. Critics say the affair makes a laughing stock of Czech hockey, but officials say that rules are rules.
Three clubs of the Czech hockey Extraliga – Plzeň, Mladá Boleslav and Kladno – are likely to lose points over invalid registrations of some of their players, the league’s director, Stanislav Šulc, told reporters on Wednesday. Mr Šulc said these clubs failed to register some of their players properly with the league’s management, and will therefore lose any points they won in games in which the players in question took part. Plzeň is thus set to lose 19 out of 28 points, Mladá Boleslav 22 of 24 points and Kladno 6 of 13 points.
In Sports News this Monday: Slavia Prague win the Prague ice hockey derby after scoring twice against Sparta in under 30 seconds; young Czech goaltender Ondřej Pavelec appears for Atlanta in his first game since collapsing on the ice earlier this season; soccer league leaders Viktoria Plzeň bounce straight back after their first defeat this term; and cyclo-cross world champion Zdeněk Štybar comes first for the eighth time in nine races this season.
Czech ice hockey goaltender Michal Neuvirth notched up the first shutout of his career in the NHL on Wednesday, stopping 29 shots as his club Washington Capitals beat Carolina Hurricanes 3:0. Neuvirth, who is only 22, has played for Washington in eight of their nine games this season, including six victories.
In hockey on Saturday, Czech forward Tomáš Fleishmann scored the winning goal in overtime for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, who defeated Atlanta by a score of 4:3. Another Czech – Washington goalie Michal Neuwirth – was also instrumental in the win, turning away 29 shots. The Capitals had lost their last two games.
In hockey, Czech defenceman Roman Polák scored for the St.Louis Blues in
their NHL game on Friday against Chicago. The game was tied at two apiece
in the 3rd period when he rifled a shot past goalie Marty
Turco who was reportedly screened. The Blues won by a
final score of 4:2.
In another game on Friday, Czech defenceman, Jan Hejda, scored his first goal of the season for Colorado although his team was overrun 6:2 by the Calgary Flames.
Two times ice hockey world champion Eduard Novák has died at the age of 63. Novák won his first world championship in 1976 and was a member of the winning Czechoslovak team again a year later. In the domestic league he was five times a winner of the championship with Kladno and scored 306 goals in 16 seasons at the top level. He afterwards became a trainer at Kladno and with other clubs. In April of this year Novák was made a member of the Czech ice hockey hall of fame.
In Sports News: Viktoria Plzeň are an unprecedented 12 points clear in the Czech league with only 12 games played; stuttering Sparta Prague need to get to grips with their problems, says defender Brabec after a home defeat to Teplice; Baroš scores two before exiting the pitch in pain on his return for Galatasaray; and Czech goaltenders Vokoun and Neuwirth enjoy positive starts to the NHL season.
The Czech ice hockey player Ondřej Pavelec has been released from hospital, days after collapsing during a game between his club Atlanta and Washington. In a statement on their website, Atlanta said preliminary results had suggested the 23-year-old goaltender had had a neurocardiogenic syncope episode, which is a kind of fainting spell. Pavelec suffered concussion when his head hit the ice during the season opening game. His club said he would undergo more tests this week for precautionary reasons.
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