Czech tennis players Kvitová, Berdych breeze through first three rounds at Wimbledon but Cetkovaská crushed by Lisicki in 4th; the Czech U21 and U17 football teams suffer defeats at the European and World championships; the national inline hockey team edges the US by a score of 3:2 in the final of the World Championships; hockey goalie Ondřej Pavelec is now a Winnipeg Jet.
Former NHL star Jaromír Jágr won his 10th Golden Stick prize for the top Czech ice hockey player of the season on Saturday ahead of Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec. Jágr won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nagano Olympic tournament with the Czech team in 1998 before moving to play for the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers. The winger who spent the last three seasons at Russia's Avangard Omsk is now looking for an extension to his rich career, probably in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings mentioned as the hottest bidder by Czech media.
The Boston Bruins, with Czechs David Krejčí and Tomáš Kaberle, won the Stanley Cup after beating the Vancouver Canucks 4:0 in the seventh game of the final series on Wednesday. Defenseman Tomáš Kaberle won the cup five years after his older brother František who triumphed with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. With 12 goals and 11 assists, the 25-year-old forward David Krejčí became the NHL playoffs leading scorer, as the first Czech in the league’s history.
The demolition began on Saturday of Prague’s historic Štvanice ice hockey rink. The city-owned venue, which was completed in 1932 as the first hockey rink in the country, was in state of severe disrepair, and the local authorities ordered its demolition on Friday despite the fact it was registered as a protected monument. The authorities argued its reconstruction would have been too expensive. The Štvanice ice hockey rink hosted four world championships, the last of them in 1959. Due to its poor state, the ice rink was closed down in January this year.
The SKA Saint Petersburg hockey club has officially confirmed that they are working to acquire Czech hockey star Jaromír Jágr. Russian media reports that the 39-year-old forward may sign a contract this week. The team’s general manager Alexej Kasatonov said that Jágr was one of the candidates for strengthening the team, and that he was sure Jágr’s former team, Omsk, would be making an offer as well, as he currently has no contract.
The Czech Republic won the bronze at the world ice hockey championship in Bratislava on Sunday beating Russia 7:4. The Czechs who were out to defend their world title, executed a stunning series of wins in the tournament, but were stopped in their quest for the gold by Sweden in a 5:2 loss on Friday. It was the Czech team’s only defeat in the tournament. A disappointed Jaromír Jágr said later that the team had taken fallen prey to euphoria and taken their victory for granted. However the mood was upbeat after Sunday’s victory over Russia in which Roman Cervenka treated fans to a hat trick.
Dethroned by Sweden in Friday’s semi-finals the Czech Republic’s national ice hockey team has swallowed its disappointment and is gearing up for Sunday’s match against Russia in which they will be playing for the bronze. The Czechs who were out to defend their title, were beaten 5:2 by Sweden, visibly losing steam after the first period. It was the team’s first defeat at the tournament. A disappointed Jaromír Jágr said later that the team had taken fallen prey to euphoria and taken their victory for granted.
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