Two Czech hockey stars have reportedly signed on to play for the NHL's New York Rangers. Forward Martin Straka and defender Marek Malik, who during the NHL lockout have played in the Czech Elite League for the Plzen and Vitkovice teams respectively, are to join their national team mate Jaromir Jagr, who now plays in Russia. During the 2003-04 season, the last before the lockout, 71 Czechs were playing in the NHL.
Jaromir Jagr, perhaps the most successful Czech ice hockey player of all time, has just taken a break from training ahead of the new season to try his hand in a new profession: acting. However, his role in a Czech Television serial shouldn't be too taxing for the megastar forward: he is playing himself.
In Sports News: Czech record holder Jaroslav Baba takes gold in the high jump at the European Under 23 Athletics Championships; in the Intertoto Cup Sigma Olomouc achieve a valuable 1:1 away draw against Borussia Dortmund, thanks to an own goal from Czech striker Jan Koller; Sparta Prague give troubled Jan Simak a new contract - on condition he treats a drinking problem; and the NHL agreement may not be all bad news for the Czech elite ice hockey league.
In Sports News: Vaclav Chalupa's long reign as the number one Czech rower comes to an end, as he symbolically hands his oar to youngster Ondrej Synek; world famous Czech football goalkeeper Petr Cech plays host to Chelsea colleagues in the centre of Prague, while Milan Baros welcomes Liverpool's Dudek to his home village; tennis player Klara Koukalova wins her first title; and Czech ice hockey captain David Vyborny leaves Sparta Prague, saying some teammates resent his World Championships success.
Several football clubs are said to have expressed an interest in picking-up Liverpool striker Vladimir Smicer; delegates in the Czech-Moravian Football Association have once again failed to elect a new chairman; the Czech men's handball team ekes out a 1-goal win against Portugal; ice hockey's Jaromir Jagr is set to return to Russia's Omsk.
Alois Hadamczik has been chosen to be the new head coach of the Czech national ice-hockey team. The 52-year old Hadamczik will succeed Vladimir Ruzicka, who, after leading the Czechs to a stunning victory at the World Championship in Austria, has chosen not to renew his contract with the national team so he can concentrate on his Czech elite league team, Slavia Prague. Alois Hadamczik is coach of the Czech junior national team, which won bronze at the World Championship in the United States in January.
In Sports News: the draw has been mixed for Czech tennis players at this year's French Open; Jaromir Jagr does not require surgery on his little finger; Milan Baros should become the first Czech to play in the final of football's Champions League this Wednesday; in the Czech league the battle for second place - and the Champions League qualifiers - looks set to go down to the last round; and Kenyan runners dominate the 11th Prague Marathon.
No other Czech hockey player has gotten as much attention as Jaromir Jagr and that was once again true - for good reason - at this year's Ice Hockey World Championship in Vienna. Jagr - at 33 - is still a major force in Czech hockey, a shark on the ice you can not take your eyes off for a second. Criticised as a poor team captain a few years ago, Jagr has come of age as a player and this year contributed greatly to the Czech team's successful run. He did so not only through fast skating and precision passing, but simply by staying on. A mangled
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