In Sports News this Monday: ski jumper Koudelka’s excellent season continues – and he’s hoping to carry recent winning form into Four Hills tournament; hockey coach Růžička says keep calm and keep working after historic poor start to season; Kvitová is Czech tennis player of year; and Čech won’t leave Chelsea in January, says agent.
Forty-two-year-old Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr – the most productive European player in NHL history – marked a new milestone on Monday night, playing in his 1,500th NHL game. The forward right-wing, who plays for the New Jersey Devils, joined 15 other players before him who reached that mark. On Monday, Jágr scored a tying goal against Carolina and assisted on the winner scored by Adam Henrique.
In Sports News this Monday: Virus-hit Plzeň go into winter break as league leaders after last gasp goal – coach Koubek praises his charges’ determination; third-placed Jablonec not yet up to challenging top two, says manager Šilhavý; leaders Třinec beaten by Sparta in 26th round of ice hockey Extraliga; and Czech mixed team come ninth in relay in biathlon World Cup event.
Former NHL defenceman for the Toronto Maple Leafs and later the Montreal Canadiens Tomáš Kabrle will play for his hometown Kladno, in the Czech Republic’s second division, this season, after being invited to the New Jersey Devils training camp in September, iDnes reports. Kabrle, a veteran player of 36, told Czech news site iDnes it would be a challenge to help Kladno try and get back into the top league. His contract with the club the players says “taught him how to play hockey” is open-ended, allowing him to leave if he receives an attractive offer. To play for Kladno, he apparently declined offers from clubs in the top Czech league as well as elsewhere.
Montreal Canadiens’ centre-forward Tomáš Plekanec has an excellent game against traditional rivals the Boston Bruins at the weekend, setting up a goal and scoring another to help sink the Bruins 2:0. Plekanec is second on goals and assists for the Habs this season, one point behind fellow player Max Pacioretty. Montreal are in top spot in the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Dominik Hašek, former Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings star and one of the best goalies in the history of NHL, has been inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Toronto on Monday night. The 49-year-old Olympic champion and two-time Stanley Cup winner announced his retirement in 2012. Dominik Hašek is the first Czech hockey player to be introduced in the Hall of Fame. Fellow players in the class of 2014 are Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano, and defenseman Rob Blake.
Czech forward Jakub Voráček scored two assists for the Philadelphia Flyers against Montreal on Saturday night, and moved to the top of the NHL’s scoring charts with 26 points. The second most productive Czech, Jiří Hudler of the Calgary Flames, has scored 14 points and is ranked 50th in the statistics .
The Czech ice hockey player Jaromír Jágr is now joint sixth all-time highest scorer in the history of the NHL after finding the net for his club New Jersey Devils in a 2:4 defeat to Boston Bruins on Monday. Jágr, who is 42, now has 708 goals, the same number as Mike Gartner. The Kladno-born right wing has achieved that tally despite leaving the NHL to play for Omsk in the Russian-centred Kontinental Hockey League between 2008 and 2011.
Czech ice hockey player Jakub Voráček currently has the fourth highest points tally in the NHL after providing two assists in his third game in a row for Philadelphia Flyers, a 3:2 overtime win over Los Angeles. The former Kladno right wing, who is 25, was ranked first star in Tuesday’s game and has now scored multiple points in four games this season.
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