Tomáš Hertl, a Czech rookie at the San José Sharks, is having a dream debut in the National Hockey League. Indeed, with six goals in only three games, the 19-year-old tops the league’s scoring charts. On Tuesday, Hertl scored four times in the Sharks’ 9:2 demolition of the New York Rangers, becoming the youngest player to do so since 1988. His fourth goal, when he flicked the puck past the goalie from behind his legs, has gone viral on the web. I spoke to Tomáš Hertl’s Prague-based agent Robert Spálenka about the player’s amazing start
The ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr has equalled the record for the most NHL regular season games played by a Czech. Jágr’s appearance for New Jersey Devils on Tuesday was his 1,395th NHL regular season match, putting him on equal terms with defender Roman Hamrlík. The two are now 32nd overall in terms of number of games played but are the leaders among active players. Jágr, who is 41, scored for New Jersey in their defeat to Vancouver on Tuesday, as did his compatriot Patrik Eliáš.
The Czech ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr has scored his first goal since joining the New Jersey Devils and ended a barren streak lasting 26 games. The forward, who is 41, got the opening goal of a game against Edmonton, though the Devils eventually lost 5:4 after penalties. The last time he had found the net was for Boston in April. Interestingly Jágr got his first ever goal in the NHL on the same date, October 7, 23 years ago, as a rookie with Pittsburgh Penguins.
In Sports News this Monday: Four teams at top of ice hockey’s Extraliga have 19 points, with Pardubice ahead on goal difference; veteran Radek Dvořák scores twice in two games for Carolina; Czech women pick up bronze at European Table Tennis Championships; and country’s soccer team only have pride to play for in remaining World Cup qualifiers.
The disciplinary committee of the Czech hockey extraliga on Thursday fined Kometa Brno forward Tomáš Svoboda over diving. The incident took place in Kometa’s Tuesday game against Liberec when Svoboda simulated a foul had been committed against him, and fell on the ice. Both Svoboda and the tackling player were sent off after the incident. Svoboda, the third player of the top Czech hockey league to be punished for diving, was fined 10 percent of his monthly salary.
Philadelphia Flyers hockey forward Jakub Voráček left his club’s pre-season game against the New Jersey Devils after suffering injury on a play in the second period. Voráček was hooked on a breakaway and hit the net. He was awarded a penalty shot but couldn’t stuff the puck past Corey Schneider. He left for the showers soon after. The club’s manager confirmed later that the upper-body injury was not serious.
In Sports News from the past week: Czech Davis Cup team will play the Netherlands in the first round next season; Sparta Prague is at the top of the chart in Gambrinus Liga; Striker Libo Kozák secures victory for Aston Villa; Hockey Liberec beats Sparta 6:5; Simona Baumrtová has been invited to participate in the All-Star European team at the Duel in Pool event in Glasgow.
Trainer of the national hockey team, Alois Hadamczik, has released the list of possible players for the team that will be going to the Sochi Olympic games. The list has 67 names, most of whom are players for the NHL. Among the candidates are Jaromír Jágr, Petr Nedvěd and the goalkeeper Tomáš Vokoun. The final list of 25 players who will be heading to Sochi will be made public at the latest on 13 January. The Czech team will be playing in the first match of the Olympics against Sweden.
The Prague-based KHL club Lev Praha have signed the Finnish forward Niko Kapanen, Finland’s paper Ilta-Sanomat reported. The 35-year-old Kapanen, who spent his last season in Kazan in the KHL, played nearly 400 games in the NHL for Dallas, Atlanta and Phoenix. He also won the gold medal with the Finnish national team at the 2011 World Championships. He has become the sixth Finnish player to join Lev Praha ahead of the upcoming season.
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