Czech forward Martin Erat, whose team, the Nashville Predators, have been knocked out of the NHL playoffs, will on Friday join the Czech national team at the world championships in Sweden and Finland, a spokesman for the Czech Ice Hockey Association said. However, the national team will have to do without veteran Jaromír Jágr; his team, the Philadelphia Flyers, were also knocked out of the playoffs, but the 40-year-old player said he was too tired to join the national team in Sweden. The Czechs, who have had mixed results at the event so far, will next play Latvia on Thursday.
The Czech national hockey team has not been firing on all cylinders so far at the Ice Hockey World Championships hosted by Sweden and Finland. In three games, it won twice and lost once, but each match was a struggle, the last – against Denmark – came down to penalty shots. Can the squad turn things around moving forward – putting together a faster, more dynamic game?
The Czech Republic beat Norway 4:3 at the World Ice Hockey Championships on Monday night. After a penalty-riddled first period, Aleš Hemský scored two goals, including the shoot-out winner. Two other goals came from David Krejčí and Michal Frolík. The shoot-out in the Czech Republic vs. Norway game was the first of the 2012 IIHF. On Thursday, the Czech Republic faces Latvia.
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The Czech national hockey team was soundly beaten in its second outing at the World Ice Hockey Championships. The Czechs were downed 4:1 by Sweden, with the Swedes winning each period. The Czechs were only able to get on the scoreboard in the 3rd. After the final whistle, Czech forward David Krejčí shrugged off the loss saying that the team had gelled better than in the opener, indicating it still had a chance to go far. ‘Powerhouse’ Sweden, meanwhile, is being regarded as one of the tournament favourites.
The Czech Republic won its opening game at the world championships underway in Sweden and Finland. On Friday, the hockey team defeated rivals Denmark by a score of 2:0. Czech goalie Jakub Kovář, who premiered in his first big tournament, stopped 26 shots in the match-up; the Montreal Canadiens’ Tomáš Plekanec assisted on both goals. Aleš Hemský got the Czechs on the scoreboard with seconds left in the second period, while Petr Tenkrát added a second goal in the third. The Danes, although tough defensively, were unable to respond.
Defense player Zbyněk Michálek will not be joining the Czech team at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship which takes place in Finland and Sweden. Michálek, who plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins, has to undergo a hip surgery and therefore cannot support the Czech national representation. Coach Alois Hadamczik told press on Friday that Michálek was very disappointed and hopes to join the national team in the future.
The Czech national hockey team on Thursday left Prague for the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship which takes place in Finland and Sweden. Coach Alois Hadamczik is waiting to hear from defense player Zbynek Michálek, who has been having issues with his hip and may not be able to join the Czech ranks at the championship. The coach has said that he anticipates the Czech Republic’s first match, against Denmark, will not be an easy one. He added that he and the team were looking forward to the challenge.
The Czech Ice Hockey Association on Wednesday said Alois Hadamczik will coach the national team until June 2015. The 59-year-old coach worked with the team between 2005 and 2008 and again since 2010, won the bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino and silver medals at the world championships in 2007 and 2008. In 2015, the world championship will be hosted by the Czech Republic.
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