Czech national team and goalkeeper Jakub Štepánek, who plays for SKA St Petersburg in the KHL, was named the league’s goalkeeper of the week. The 23-year-old gold medallist from last season’s world championships scored three wins in all three games of the past week. He conceded three goals in two of the matches and managed his first shut-out of the season in the third.
In Sports News this Monday: Mladá Boleslav could be expelled from Czech ice hockey’s Extraliga over allegations the club falsified a financial health statement; after collapsing on the ice at the start of the NHL season, Czech goaltender Ondřej Pavelec is now in the form of his life; will Tomáš Rosický leave Arsenal for Aston Villa?; and the Czechs beat Japan 25:1 at the World Floorball Championship.
A number of Czechs shined in the National Hockey League on Saturday, including Milan Hejduk, Tomáš Plekanec and Ondřej Pavelec. Hejduk scored once and earned one assist in Colorado’s 5:6 loss against Tampa Bay. Forward Plekanec scored once in Montreal’s 3:1 win over the San Jose Sharks, and goalie Ondřej Pavelec proved phenomenal in net for his Atlanta Thrashers, turning away 45 shots by the Washington Capitals. The only player to beat him was Alexander Ovechkin; the final score was 3:1 for Atlanta.
The hockey club Mladá Boleslav is in apparent danger of being ousted from the Czech Republic’s top hockey league, the news website aktualně.cz reported. According to aktualně, there is information suggesting the club may have falsified documents at the beginning of the season, namely that it had no outstanding debts. It appears the club could still owe money to some players and possibly others. The head of the Extraliga, Stanislav Šulc, refused to comment but made clear the allegations were serious enough to force a general meeting of officials from the Professional Clubs Association (APK) on December 13. Club representatives at Mladá Boleslav, meanwhile, have said they are not aware of any problem.
Czech hockey forward Martin Havlát, who plays for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, earned one assist and scored the tying goal against Calgary on Friday to help his team head to overtime and later to penalties. However, the Wild lost in the shootout. The final score was 3:2. Havlát has been on a productive streak, earning 16 points in 11 games.
In hockey on the NHL on Wednesday Edmonton Oilers’ forward Aleš Hemský racked up a goal and two assists to help his team down the Montreal Canadiens. After 40 minutes, the Oilers trailed the Habs 3:1 but began the turn-around on Hemský’s goal in the 51st minute, the player’s seventh this season. The Canadiens went on to lose 4:3 in overtime. Habs defenceman Roman Hamrlík had one goal on the night.
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.
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