Czech national ice hockey coach Vladimír Růžička is facing more allegations of bribe-taking while coaching domestic league club Slavia, Czech Radio reported on Tuesday. According to the report, Mr Růžička asked several parents for large sums of money to allow their children play for the club. The Czech national coach has refused to comment on the accusations. A criminal complaint of corruption has already been filed against the coach for bribe-taking, fraud and breach of trust in connection with a sum of CZK 500,000 he is alleged to have accepted from a man to allow his son to play for Slavia Prague.
In [ice] hockey, Czech forward Ondřej Palát scored in Tampa Bay Lightning’s 3:2 Stanley Cup final series win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Palát’s goal in the third period drew Tampa level at 2:2 after going behind only 12 seconds earlier. Cedric Paquette scored the winner with just over three minutes left on the clock. The win gives Tampa Bay a 2:1 lead in the series with the next match due Wednesday.
Czech national ice hockey coach, Vladimír Růžíčka has signed a 10 year contract with the Czech team the Chomutov Pirates to be their head coach. Růžíčka will still retain his position with the national team. Růžíčka had been stressing for some time that he was seeking a more hands on daily post with a league team. Jobs with Czech teams Litvínov and Slavia Prague had been mooted, as had previously a move to Russian team Omsk. The Pirates were promoted to the top ice hockey league at the end of the last season. Betislav Kopřiva who helped the team to promotion will be one of Růžíčka’s assistants.
In ice hockey, the Canadian club the Calgary Flames announced they had signed Czech defenceman Jakub Nakládal on a one year contract. Nakládal last season played for Finnish club Turku. The 27 year old Czech was rated one of the best Czech defencemen in the recent world championships with five assists in 10 games. Other NHL club, Chicago and Carolina, were also reported to be interested in signing Nakládal.
The Czech Business Inspectorate uncovered shortcomings in 53 percent of shops, refreshments stands and restaurants it visited during the Ice Hockey World Championships, it said in a news release issued on Tuesday. The inspectors targetted the stadia in Prague and Ostrava where the tournament was held and nearby spots. They said they had seized 200 counterfeit items, with the most popular being replica jerseys of Czech star player Jaromír Jágr.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs fail to make home advantage pay at Ice Hockey World Championships, finishing fourth; Jágr retires at international level despite being Czechs’ most productive player; and Hradec Králové and České Budějovice are relegated 12 months after winning promotion to Czech soccer’s top flight.
On Sunday, in the final of the Ice Hockey Championships at Prague’s O2 Arena, Canada declassed defending champions Russia, at one point leading 6-0. Russia was able to score a consolation goal in the third period for a final score of 6:1. Afterwards, the Russian squad made a show of leaving the ice even before the Canadian national anthem was performed. Organizers announced that a new tournament record was set this year in attendance: 64 matches in Prague and Ostrava were visited by a total of 741,690 fans – an average of 11,589 per match.
Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr announced his retirement from international competition on Sunday after the national team’s loss to the United States. The Czech squad finished fourth at the Ice Hockey World Championships held this year in Prague and Ostrava. Jágr, who is 43, was named the tournament’s MVP and was named to the All-Star team. The player told journalists that it was time to move on, looking forward to at least one more season in the NHL with the Florida Panthers. Jágr won a gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and two World Championships – in 2005 and 2010. His 722 goals lead all active NHL players.
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