The San Jose Shark’s forward Tomáš Hertl could miss the upcoming winter Olympic Games in Sochi due a keen injury. The 20-year-old Czech was injured in a last week’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. The first prognosis suggested he could be back on ice in a month’s time. But the Reuters news agency reported the player would have to undergo an operation which would almost certainly make him miss the games. The young Czech player had a great start into his first NHL season this year, scoring nine points in six games.
The New Jersey Devils’ Jaromír Jágr scored his 694th goal in the NHL on Saturday night, tying Marc Messier for seventh place in the league’s all-time goal list. The 41-year-old Czech player added two assists in the game, contributing to his team’s 5:4 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. Another Czech in the Devils’ line-up, Marek Židlický, scored two goals in the game while Patrik Eliáš had two assists.
The Czech national hockey team beat Russia 2:1 on Sunday to finish first at the Channel One Cup, a pre-Olympic tournament in Sochi. The Czechs were one goal down when the hosts converted a penalty just after the start of the second period but scored two goals within the next four minutes; the hits came from Tomáš Naosek and Jiří Novotný. The Czech team previously beat Finland and Sweden at the event.
The Czech national hockey team defeated Sweden 2:1 in a penalty shootout in their second appearance at the Channel One Cup, a pre-Olympic tournament held in Sochi. The Czech were behind but equalized some eight minutes before the end of the third period. Roman Červenka then scored the decisive goal in the shootout. The Czechs beat Finland 2:0 in Prague on Saturday in the tournament’s opener.
The Czech national hockey team beat Finland 2:0 in Prague on Thursday night, in the opening game of the Channel One Cup. The goals came from Petr Nedvěd and Jaroslav Hlinka. Coach Alois Hadamiczik praised the performance of goalie Jakub Kovář who had 39 saves. The Czech team will move to Sochi on Friday where the tournament’s remaining games will be played. The Channel One Cup is the last event ahead of the Olympic Games that get underway in Sochi in February.
Czech hockey star Jaromír Jágr is in sole possession of eighth place in the NHL’s all-time goals list after he scored his 693rd goal in the league, securing the New Jersey Devils’ 5:2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. The goal was also the 41-year-old right winger’s 122nd game-winning goal.
In Sports News this Monday: Viktoria Plzeň face CSKA Moscow in Champions League tie to decide third spot and Europa League place; Dušan Uhrin Jr quits Dinamo Tiblisi, prompting speculation he may take over as Plzeň boss; Czech clubs are set for new ice hockey European Trophy; and Sparta celebrate 110 years with victory.
In a special ceremony on Sunday, the Czech hockey club Pardubice retired legendarygoalie Dominik Hašek’s No. 9, lifting his jersey to the rafters. Hašek, an Olympic gold medal champion, two-time Stanley Cup winner and six-time holder of the Vezina trophy, attended. Hašek began his career with HC Pardubice in the 1981/1982 season. In the NHL, Hašek first wore the number 34 and later 39 with which he was most associated.
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