Czech hockey player Jiří Hudler has reportedly signed a one year deal with the Dallas Stars, the hockey news site Today’s Slapshot reported on Wednesday, adding that the deal is worth $2 million. The 32-year-old forward finished last season with 10 goals and 35 points in an abbreviated 53-game season with Calgary and 6 goals and 11 points with Florida following the trade deadline.
The Czech Republic’s triumph at the Olympic Games in Japan’s Nagano in 1998 is to be created in an animated film, FilmNewEurope.com reported. Entitled Nagano – The Birth of Heroes the puppet-based film is being directed by Pavel Sadílek and will feature the voices of Vojta Dyk (as Jaromír Jágr) and Jiří Bartoška (Ivan Hlinka). It is due to premiere in February next year, on the 20th anniversary of the Nagano gold medal win.
A Prague court began hearing the case against former national ice hockey coach Vladimír Růžička on Thursday. Růžička is accused of fraud in a case focused on his time as a club trainer and allegations that he demanded bribes from parents for players to take part in the junior team. The allegations surfaced last year in April just before the ice hockey World Championships being hosted in Prague and Ostrava. Růžička has denied committing any criminal offense and said that he was offered bribes. He refused to give further details in court.
In ice hockey, San Jose Sharks Czech attacker Tomáš Hertl has signed a new two-year contract to continue at the club. The contract is reported to be worth 6 million US dollars. The 22-year-old’s current three year deal is coming to an end. Last season Hertl scored 21 goals and provided 25 assists in a campaign which led the Sharks to the Stanley Cup finals. Hertl is currently recovering from injury which resulted in him missing out on the last Stanley Cup clashes with Pittsburgh.
Veteran star Jaromír Jágr has crowned a successful season with victory in the Golden Hockey Stick poll of Czech ice hockey player of the year. The third most productive player in NHL history, who is 44, picked up the prize for the 12th time in a ceremony in Karlovy Vary on Saturday night. Jágr said that he had first been in the 10 best in the Golden Hockey Stick way back in 1990 and that it remained a huge honour for him.
Florida Panthers’ forward Jaromír Jágr has become the first Czech to be awarded the Bill Masterson Trophy recognizing outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. At 44, Jágr is the oldest player in the NHL but is known for training tirelessly; he led his team last season with 66 points and helped the club set a franchise record of 47 wins and 103 points. Jágr could not attend the award ceremony in Las Vegas on Wednesday as his father is ill, but said on Florida’s website that it was an honour to receive the trophy. He called hockey “a passion he was motivated to excel at each day”.
In ice hockey, Czech players Tomáš Hertl and Roman Polák have definitely missed on a change of winning the Stanley Cup. The San Jose Sharks went down 3:1 in the sixth match of the Stanley Cup finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night. That means Pittsburgh clinch the series and the cup 4:2. Forward Hertl started the finals series but has missed out on the last games through injury.
Bleacherreport.com writes it is uncertain whether San Jose Sharks forward Tomáš Hertl, suffering from a lower-body injury, will be set to return for game four of the Stanley Cup final. The game between the Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins is set for Monday evening. NHL.com quoted Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer as saying Hertl was day to day. A win by the Sharks on Monday would see them square the series against the Pens at two apiece, while defeat would put them on the brink. This year’s Stanley Cup final has been a very close affair: each win was by a single goal. The Penguins won the first two games 3-2 and 2-1, the Sharks won the third by a score of 3-2. Two of the wins came in overtime.
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