The Czech Republic won their last game at the World Cup of Hockey in Canada, beating the USA 4:3 on Thursday in a match to decide third place in their group. Both sides had already failed to progress to the semi-finals at the tournament. Two of the Czechs’ goals came from forward Milan Michálek. Josef Jandač’s men had lost their previous games to Canada and Team Europe.
The Czech Republic now have no way of reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. Josef Jandač’s men only have one point after a 6:0 loss to Canada and a 3:2 defeat to Team Europe on penalties and had their hopes of advancing extinguished when Canada beat the US on Tuesday. The Czechs will face the US on Friday in a game to decide third place in their group.
The Czech national hockey team lost their second-straight game at the World Cup of Hockey, outplayed by Team Europe who won 3-2 in overtime. A brave effort by goalie Petr Mrázek, who stopped 38 shots, saw the team at least salvage a point. The Czechs, with a single point, will need favorable results from other teams to have a chance at a tie-breaker to advance. They play the United States on Thursday.
In ice hockey, the Czech Republic won their return match against Russia at the O2 Arena in Prague on Saturday night 2:1 after penalties. The win is revenge for the 3:4 defeat in Moscow on Thursday. The two matches are warm ups for the World Cup of Hockey being hosted in Toronto from September 17 to October 1. The Czech team begins the tournament against hosts Canada. On Wednesday, the warm up games continue in Pittsburgh, US, with a game against a North American team.
In ice hockey, new national coach Josef Jandač got off to a losing start in a warm up match for the World Cup of Hockey against Russia in St Petersburg on Thursday night. After going ahead, the Czech team eventually ran out 3:4 losers. Tomáš Plekanec scored in the 57th minute to close the gap but there was not enough time on the clock for the Czechs to tie. Jandač praised the performance of players up front but said there was more work to do on the defense. The return match will be held in Prague on Saturday.
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.
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