Litvínov coach Robert Reichel has stepped down over a series of poor results. On Sunday, the club announced that 54-year-old Vladimír Kýhos will replace Mr Reichel, 39, who was on the Czech national team that won gold at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Litvínov, ranking 11th in the top Czech hockey division, are four points behind the 10th place that ensures a spot in the playoffs qualifying round.
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Four Czech players will appear in the starting line-ups of the All Star game of the Kontinetal Hockey League that will take place in St Petersburg in early February. The league’s Eastern Division team, dubbed Team Jágr, will feature star Czech forward Jaromír Jágr, from Avantgard Omsk, along with his teammates Roman Červenka and defender Martin Škoula. The Western Conference team will feature goalie legend Dominik Hašek, from Spartak Moscow.
Czech forward Petr Vampola scored a goal on Tuesday in his first game for Russia’s Avantagard Omsk, in a Kontinental Hockey League match against Ufa. Assisted by Jaromír Jágr, Vampola hit the net in the 25th minute, putting his team ahead at 2:1 before another Czech in Omsk’s line-up, Martin Škoula, scored ten minutes later. In the rest of the game, Ufa only managed to score once, setting the final score at 3:2.
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Milan Hejduk scored twice and David Kočí scored his first of the season for the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday but it wasn’t enough for their team to overcome the New York Islanders. The final score was 3:4 in overtime. In other action, Martin Havlát had a goal and an assist for Minnesota who beat Pittsburgh 4:0.
The Czech Republic’s hockey team has finished in 7th place at the Junior World Championship after beating Slovakia 5:2. It is the second time the Czechs and Slovaks – former compatriots – have faced off at the Juniors and the second time in a row the U20 team has finished in 7th spot. In the tournament the Czech Republic fared well against Norway, Germany and Slovakia, but were badly beaten by Russia, Sweden and Canada.
In ice hockey, the Czech under-20 team narrowly beat Germany in the world championships underway in Canada. The win in the relegation round assures the Czechs will stay in the top flight at this level. The Czechs had to come back after twice going down to eventually win 3:2. The hero of the game was Ondřej Palát with two goals including the winner. In the last match on Tuesday, the Czechs go on to meet Slovakia, which has also assured it will stay up in the top world competition.
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