In Sports News this Monday: speed skating champion Sáblíková recovers from illness to reach the World Cup podium for the first time this season; Bauer also leaves his sickbed to perform well in the cross-country skiing World Cup; three Czech ice hockey clubs lose points for fielding unregistered players; and the gap at the top of the soccer league falls to four points on the last weekend before the winter break.
Three clubs in the Czech ice hockey elite league the Extraliga have been docked points for fielding players who were not correctly registered. Mladá Boleslav, Plzeň and Kladno will lose points they won in matches in which the unregistered players performed. However, the teams they were playing against will not receive any extra points. The decision, announced by Extraliga boss Stanislav Šulc on Friday, means that the three clubs are now at the bottom of the league table, in the relegation playoff spots.
Czech ice hockey clubs have expressed confidence in the head of the country’s elite league the Extraliga, Stanislav Šulc, at an extraordinary meeting in Prague. Representatives of 12 of the league’s 14 clubs gave their backing to Mr Šulc during a vote on Tuesday, while two abstained. Mr Šulc is due to issue a verdict on Friday after an investigation into the failure of three clubs to register players correctly. Plzeň, Mladá Boleslav and Kladno all stand to be docked points for games in which unregistered players performed for them.
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.
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