The ice hockey club Lev Praha has shocked fans – and players – by announcing it will most likely withdraw from the Kontinental Hockey League next season. Owners of the Prague club, which reached the finals of the Russian-centred league this year, say they have not been able to secure a budget for next season.
The ice hockey club Lev Praha will not play next season in the Russia-centred Kontinental Hockey League. The Prague club, who reached the finals of the competition’s Gagarin Cup last season, are reported to be in financial difficulties. Lev Praha was the only Czech club in the Kontinental Hockey League in the last two seasons. The Czech News Agency reported that one possibility was that Lev would sit out next season and return in 2015-2016.
In Sports News this Monday: relegations are decided on the last day of the Gambrinus League; Sparta Prague make it a hat trick at end of season awards; Tomáš Berdych makes it to the French quarter-finals; javelin thrower Vitězslav Veselý tops the Diamond League, and Zlín’s Petr Čajanka puts his retirement on ice.
The Chicago Blackhawks rallied on Friday to defeat rivals the L.A. Kings in the Western Conference Final in the Stanley Cup playoffs, forcing a deciding Game 7 in the Windy City. The winner of the match-up will face the New York Rangers in the final. A win by the defending champion Blackhawks would leave one Czech in contention for a Stanley Cup ring - defenseman Michal Rozsival, who already has a ring from last year.
Hopes of reaching this year’s Stanley Cup final were dashed for forward Tomáš Plekanec and his fellow Montreal Canadiens on Thursday as the Habs faced the New York Rangers in Game 6 of their series. Chasing Rangers’ goalie Lundquist in their prior match, the Canadiens were unable to score this time around. The Rangers won 1:0 at home and will face either Chicago or L.A. in the final. Should defending champions Chicago defeat the Los Angeles Kings, one Czech will remain in contention for a Stanley Cup ring: defenseman Michal Rozsíval, who won with the Blackhawks last year.
In ice hockey, Czech forward Tomáš Plekanec has helped keep alive the Stanley Cup hopes of the Montreal Canadiens. Plekanec scored in the 7:4 victory over the New York Rangers bringing the series to 2:3 in the best of seven semi-final confrontation. The sixth match in the series takes place in New York on Thursday.
Legendary Czech forward Jaromír Jágr confirmed he was retiring from international hockey on Sunday shortly after the national team’s defeat by Sweden at the Ice Hockey World Championships. The Czech Republic finished outside the medals in the tournament, losing 3-0 in the bronze medal match. Jágr played for his country five times at the Winter Olympics, including the 2014 Sochi Games, and eight times at the World Championships. He won Olympic gold in 1998 and bronze in 2006 and gold at the Worlds in 2005 and 2010. The 42-year-old forward will continue to play in the NHL after resigning for one year with the New Jersey Devils.
The Czech national hockey team finished outside of the medals at the Ice Hockey World Championships on Sunday, losing to Sweden in the bronze medal match. Although the Czechs were active throughout, hitting the post twice and deflecting a shot which hit the opposing goaltender’s mask, they were not able to get on the scoreboard. For the second-straight game they lost 3:0. Sunday’s match may be Jaromír Jágr’s last for the national squad: the legendary player told TSN some time ago that the would not be back next year. In 2015, the worlds are being held in Prague and Ostrava.
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