The Liberec "White Tigers" hockey team faced off against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday evening in a friendly match at home. The Czechs lost the match 7 to 1, with four of the goals scored within four minutes in the third quarter. The Bruins will be staying in the Czech Republic to play the Phoenix Coyotes in Prague’s O2 Arena in a meeting that will mark the beginning of the new NFL season championship.
In Sports News this Monday: the biggest Czech team ever at the European Rowing Championships takes home a bagful of medals, with gold for Ondřej Synek confirming his dominance this season; football league leaders Viktoria Plzeň wallop Ústí nad Labem in front of their first sell-out home crowd in years; and a battle of two Czech ice legends sees Jágr’s Omsk beat Hašek Spartak Moscow.
Czech hockey forward Martin Hanzal has signed a two-year contract worth 3.6 million dollars with the Phoenix Coyotes in the NHL. His first three-year contract ran-out in the summer and the signing of a new deal was reportedly delayed for a number of reasons, including financial difficulties at the club. Other teams that had expressed an interest in the player included Edmonton and clubs in Russia. Last season the Czech player racked up 33 points: 11 goals and 22 assists. Hanzal – who hails from České Budějovice – could now play in two back-to-back NHL exhibition games in Prague in October when Phoenix will face the Boston Bruins.
After winning his debut in hockey’s KHL, goalkeeper Dominik Hašek and Spartak Moscow lost to Avangard Omsk, home to another legendary Czech player, Jaromír Jágr. The final score was 4:3. Jágr was unable to score in the game but Czech defenseman Martin Škoula did get a point, assisting on the winning goal.
The veteran Czech ice hockey goaltender Dominik Hašek enjoyed a winning debut for his new club Spartak Moscow on Thursday, helping them to a 5:1 win over city rivals CSKA. Spartak’s next game in the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League is against Omsk, who feature another all-time great Czech player, Jaromír Jágr. Hašek, who is 45, has enjoyed a hugely successful career at both club and international level.
In Sports News this Monday: supporters continue to boycott the home games of Bohemians 1905 due to a new ground-share deal – player Lukáš Hartig says he hopes they come around; Milan Baroš signs a lucrative new deal with Galatasaray; Tomáš Berdych is now seventh in the world, his highest ranking to date; and ice hockey goalie Milan Hnilička retires at 37.
In Sports News this Monday: no surprises as goalie Tomáš Vokoun is named Czech ice hockey player of the year; the Czech Derby at Velká Chuchle is won by a 16-year-old teenage jockey, only the second woman ever to triumph in the race; and speed skating star Martina Sáblíková wins a cycling race – can she also enjoy success at the Summer Olympics?
In ice hockey, Czech forward Tomáš Plekanec has signed a six year contract worth 30 million dollars to stay on at the Montreal Canadiens. The deal comes a week before the 27-year-old would have become a free agent. During the last season Plekanec was the top scorer with 25 goals and 45 assists. He joined the NHL club in 2001.
The Czech ice hockey club Hradec Králové will not join the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League next season, the league said in a statement on its website. The KHL’s leadership said they were sorry that the Czech ice hockey union had expressed opposition to Hradec joining the league; the KHL had previously said it would not go against the wishes of the Czech organisation. The KHL’s president said that politics had again won out over new trends and developments in sports and business. There are 20 Russian clubs in the KHL, alongside one each from Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
In Sports News this Monday: Tomáš Berdych wins plaudits after reaching his first ever Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open – Czech pundits are hoping he can maintain that fine form at Wimbledon; doubles specialist Lukáš Dlouhý fails to make it two titles in two years in Paris; and ice hockey goaltender Dominik Hašek joins Spartak Moscow at the age of 45.
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