In ice hockey, Czech club Lev Praha has won its way through to the finals of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) after a narrow win on Thursday night. Lev beat Lokomotiv Jaroslavl 3:2 on the night to take the series 4:1. Lev Praha becomes the first non-Russian team to get through to the finals. The team’s opponents in the final could become clear Friday with the game between Magnitogorsk and Yulaev.
The Prague-based KHL club Lev Praha lost 4:3 to Donbass Donetsk in the second game of their quarterfinal series, in the league’s longest came on record. The decision came in 127th minute when Donetsk’s Konev scored the winning goal. The series is tied 1-1; the next game will be played on Sunday in the Slovak capital Bratislava where Donetsk play their home games due to the crisis in Ukraine.
In ice hockey, Czech coach Miloš Řiha has unexpectedly been sacked from his job as trainer of the Continental League team Avangard Omsk. The Russian team said that Řiha did not turn up to lead the team’s training session on Monday. Řiha said that he was ill. The Czech trainer moved to Omsk after leading HC Pardubice in the 2012-2013 season. He previously trained Petrograd and Spartak Moscow during an eight year stint in the Russian league and was named the best trainer in that league in 2011.
NHL club the Buffalo Sabres are due to induct Czech goaltender Dominik Hašek into their Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the end of this month. Hašek was with the Sabres from 1992 to 2001, during which time he helped the club to 234 wins and a record 55 shutouts in 491 games. Now aged 49, he was the first goalie in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy twice and picked up six Vezina trophies in only nine years.
The Czech Ice Hockey Association has appointed Vladimír Růžička new coach of the national team. Růžička, who also coaches the first team of Slavia Prague, returns to the national team after four years. During his previous tenures, he coached the national team to two world championship titles. Vladimír Růžička replaces Alois Hadamczik who quit earlier this week in the wake of the team’s poor performance at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Vladimír Růžička has indicated that he would be willing to replace Alois Hadamczik as Czech ice hockey trainer. Hadamczik stood down on Monday, after the Czech Republic were knocked out in the quarter-finals at the Winter Olympics. In an interview for a radio station on Tuesday, Růžička said he would likely accept the post; however, he has not yet been approached by the Czech Ice Hockey Association and would need to discuss the matter with his club Slavia Prague. He helmed Czech teams that lifted the World Championships title in 2005 and 2010.
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