The Czech national hockey team meets in Prague on Monday ahead of the season’s first Euro Hockey Tour event in Finland. Manager Alois Hadamczik nominated 14 players who appeared on the team that won April’s World Championships in Germany; star forward Jaromír Jágr, who injured his clavicle, will be replaced by first-time nominee, centre-forward Kamil Kreps of Finland’s Kärpät Oulu. At the Karjala Cup, the Czech team will first play Sweden in the Czech Republic on Thursday, before moving to Finland to face the hosts and Russia over the weekend.
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.
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