In Sports News this Monday: Six months after being crowned world champions, the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players fail to take a single point in their first tournament of the new season; the gap at the top of the Czech football league narrows, after leaders Plzeň are held to a draw and Sparta win; Olympic champion speed skater Sáblíková is for once halted by illness; and warm weather brings a high turnout for Prague’s Velká Kunratická cross country race.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey team have gotten off to a less than ideal start to the season, taking no points in three games at the Karjala Tournament. After defeats to Sweden and Finland, they lost 1:3 to Russia in their final game on Sunday. They were the Czechs’ first games since winning hockey’s World Championships in May and the first under coach Alois Hadamczik, who previously helmed the national squad between 2005 and 2008. The Karajla Tournament is part of the four-nation European Hockey Tour.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey players have been beaten 5:0 by Finland in the Karajala Tournament in Helsinki, suffering their worst defeat ever in the competition. The Czechs had lost 3:4 to Sweden in their first game in the tournament, which is the first of four events in the European Hockey Tour. Their next game is against Russia on Sunday.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey team lost their opening game of the season on Thursday, when they were beaten 4:3 by Sweden in the Karjala Tournament in Prague. The result confirmed coach Alois Hadamczik’s anit-Midas touch when it comes to the Swedes: in a previous stint at the helm between 2005 and 2008, his charges were defeated 16 times in 19 meetings with the Scandinavians. The Karjala Tournament is the first of four competitions in the European Hockey Tour.
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.
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