The Czech ice hockey player Radim Vrbata has called time on his career in
the NHL. The right wing, who is 36, made his final appearance in the league
for Florida Panthers on Saturday. He said he was returning to the Czech
Republic in part so his children could go to Czech schools.
In his 16 years in the NHL Vrbata played over 1,000 regular season games, scored 284 goals and made 339 assists.
Czech players for the Philadelphia Flyers made a mark on Sunday in their
match-up against the Washington Capitals. Jakub Voráček picked up a goal
and an assist while Radko Gudas got two assists to help lift the Flyers
over the Caps by a score of 6-3.
Goalie Petr Mrázek, in the news recently for his new Broad Street Bullies mask, turned away 25 of 28 shots.
Hockey forward David Pasterňák scored his first hat trick – including
the winning goal – in the Boston Bruins’ game against the Carolina
Hurricanes in the NHL on Tuesday; the Bruins had been trailing 4:1 but came
back from the dead in the space of 10 minutes in the third period to shock
the Hurricanes. The last goal of the game was Pasterňák’s, an
The Bruins are second in the Atlantic Division.
Philadelphia Flyers' goalie Petr Mrázek has a new mask paying homage
to the hockey club's most famous era in the early to mid-1970s when
the Flyers reinvented themselves, going from being a weaker expansion team
to the Broad Street Bullies with legendary players like Bobby Clarke, Dave
Schultz and Bernie Parent.
The club won its only two Stanley Cups back-to-back in 1974 and 1975.
NHL.com reported that the mask was painted by artist David Gunnarsson, quoting a statement on Instagram where he said that it was an "honor" to paint and create the piece for the goalie.
The Flyers acquired Mrázek from the Detroit Red Wings in February.
Kladno native Tomáš Plekanec is changing teams for the first time in his
NHL career. The centre, who was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2001
and began playing full time for the Habs in the 2005/2006 season, is not
moving far: he was traded on Sunday to the Toronto Maple Leafs, along with
forward Kyle Baun.
The 35 year-old’s chances of making the playoffs got a huge boost in the deal: the Leafs are currently second in the Eastern division, while Montreal are third from last.
Plekanec ranks seventh on the Canadiens’ all-time list for games played with 981.
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