The Czech ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr has criticized experienced players who refused to play for the national side at the World Championship in Germany. After a shock defeat to Norway on Tuesday, the 38-year-old said they should bear in mind that when they themselves were younger it was the success of older players that helped them reach the NHL. Jágr – who was the Czechs’ best player in Tuesday’s game – said those who had cried off ought to examine their consciences. Around two dozen NHL players declared themselves unavailable. The Czech Republic’s next game is against Sweden on Thursday evening.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey players have been beaten 3:2 by Norway at the World Championship in Germany, missing out on their first chance to guarantee themselves a place in the next phase of the competition. Previously the best the Norwegians had achieved against the Czechs was two draws. Both the Czechs’ goals were scored by star forward Jaromír Jágr. Their next game is against Sweden on Thursday.
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In ice hockey, the Czech national team beat Belarus 5:2 on Thursday night in the last warm up match before the World Championships in Germany. The Czechs conceded a two goal lead but then pushed ahead in the closing stages of the match with three goals without reply. The squad flies to Mannheim, Germany, on Friday. The first World Championship match will be against France on Sunday.
The Czech hockey team is gearing up for the Ice Hockey World Championship in Germany, departing for Mannheim on Friday. A day earlier the team dispatched Belarus in a final warm-up match 5-2. What will it take for the Czechs to do well in Germany, after a disappointing finish earlier this year at the Vancouver Olympics? We look at a number of key factors.
Dominik Hašek has been named Czech ice hockey player of the season. Hašek, who is 45, also took the prizes for goaltender of the season and best player in the playoffs at a ceremony in Prague on Monday night, less than two weeks after helping Pardubice take the Extraliga title. The “Dominator” was one of the NHL’s most successful goaltenders of the 1990s and early 2000s and was on the Czech team that took gold at the Olympics in 1998.
The ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr says he regrets the fact that around two dozen Czech players from the NHL have declared themselves unavailable for the World Championship, which begins in Germany on Friday. Speaking after arriving at Prague Airport on Monday, Jágr said he did not want to judge the absentees, but said they may in time come to regard their decision as stupid. The forward, who is 38, signed a new contract with the Russian club Omsk on Sunday. The newspaper Sport reported that young Czech player Roman Červenka may choose to join Omsk rather than an NHL team, because of Jágr’s presence there.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players come second in Sweden’s LG Hockey Games – decent performances by less well players will please coach Vladimír Růžička, after 25 NHL players declare themselves unavailable for the imminent World Championship; with Baník Ostrava and Sparta Prague playing out a 1:1 draw, only two points separate the top four teams in the Czech soccer league with three games to go; Iveta Benešová wins the second WTA title of her career; and pole vaulter Kateřina Baďurová retires at 27.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey team came from behind to Russia 4:2 at the LG Hockey Games in Stockholm on Sunday. It was the first time they had beaten the Russians in regular time for over two years. That result left the Czechs second overall in the tournament and third overall in the four-nation Euro Hockey Tour. Their next competition is the World Championship, which begins in Germany on Friday.
The list of Czech players who will not be available for ice hockey’s World Championship in Germany next month is getting longer. Martin Erat of Nashville, Washington’s Tomáš Fleischmann and Martin Hanzal of Phoenix all have injury problems, while coach Vladimír Ružička also expects Phoenix’s Radim Vrbata will miss the tournament. Several other players, including Patrik Eliáš – who captained the team at the Winter Olympics – were already ruled out. On Saturday, the Czech Republic were beaten 4:1 by Finland at the Swedish Games in Stockholm, meaning they can not now win this year’s four-nation Euro Hockey Tour.
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