Exactly 50 years ago today, the Czechoslovak national ice hockey team beat the Soviets in the world championships for a second time, setting off a series of celebrations – which soon turned into protests, at times violent, against the ongoing Warsaw Pact occupation. Though a moral victory, in a sense it proved a Pyrrhic one.
Two NHL teams will begin their 2019-20 campaigns overseas. The Philadelphia
Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks will start next season in the Czech capital,
Both teams have Czech-born players on their rosters: Radko Gudas and Jakub Voráček play for the Flyers while Dominik Kahun and David Kampf are with the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks last opened their season in Europe back in 2009, when they played the Florida Panthers in Helsinki, Finland.
Ice hockey legend Jaromír Jágr made his first appearance in over a year
for the club Kladno on Monday evening. The locally born star, who is now
47, played for nearly 18 minutes as the Czech second division side overcame
Jágr is a 13-time NHL All-Star and is the most productive player ever to have appeared in the league.
The Boston Bruins’ forward David Pastrňák has been included in the 2019 NHL All-Star team. It is the first All-Star Game selection for the 22-year-old Czech, who currently leads the Bruins in scoring with 24 goals and 26 assists. The last Czech to receive this honour was Jaromír Jágr in 2016. The game is set to take place on January 26 in San Jose.
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