With the Ice Hockey World Championships beginning in Minsk on Friday, the Czech NGO People in Need has launched a campaign criticising the Lukashenko regime for its less than stellar record on human rights. The NGO is hoping to impress upon viewers that regimes like the one in Belarus use international sporting events as a façade, creating the impression everything at home is hunky dory.
In ice hockey, the Czech team lost 0:2 on shootouts against Finland in their Euro Hockey Tour match in Sweden on Sunday. The sides drew 1:1 at the end of the third period with no goals added in extra time. The match restored some price to the Czech team after their 0:6 drubbing against Russia on Saturday. The game against Finland is the last official match before the world championships start in Belarus from May 9.
In ice hockey, Czech coach Vladimír Růžička has said that that he can count on NHL forward Tomáš Hertl to reinforce the squad for the upcoming world championships in Belarus. Růžička told journalists that the San Jose Sharks player, who returned after injury last month, should join the squad on Tuesday. On the other hand, the Czech team will not be able to count on Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voráček due to ongoing health problems.
Czech ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr has signed another one year contract to play for the New Jersey Devils, the NHL team for whom he played during the last season. Jágr broke the news in Prague, where he is taking part in the national team’s preparations for the upcoming Euro Hockey Tour competition in Sweden and the upcoming Ice Hockey World Championships starting in Belarus on May 9. Jágr has still not clarified whether he will be playing in the world championships or not.
In ice hockey, Lev Prague has forced the finals of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) to the last of the seven match series after a dramatic win in Prague on Monday night. Lev came from behind to draw the game at 4:4 in the last period and then went on to win 5:4 in extra time against Magnitogorsk. The winner was scored by Canadian Nathan Oystrick. The Prague club will have a chance to become the first non-Russian team to win the Gagarin Cup on Wednesday but will be playing away at Magnitogorsk’s stadium.
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After edging earlier tournament favourites such as Russia or the defending champions Canada at the U-18 hockey worlds the Czech Republic's U-18 squad hit a wall against the United States, losing the final in Finland on Sunday by a score of 5:2. The silver medal finish is nevertheless an historic result for the Czech U-18 squad, which had never before made it to the gold medal match in the competition.
The Czech U-18 national hockey team will - for the first time in its history - play for gold at the World Championships. The squad faces the United States on Sunday evening. The Czech team fought hard in Finland to reach the final, edging Russia as well as defending champions Canada, to advance. Canada faces Sweden in the bronze medal match.
Prague hockey club Lev Praha lost 2:1 on Friday against Magnitogorsk in the KHL’s Gagarin Cup finals. The team was beaten in overtime – its second straight loss – putting Magnitogorsk a win away from the cup. The club leads the best-of-seven series 3:2. The next match takes place in Prague on Monday; Lev will have to win to force a deciding Game 7 back in Russia. No non-Russian team has ever won the Gagarin Cup.
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