Dominik Hašek is nothing less than an ice hockey legend – six time Vezina trophy winner, holder of the Olympic gold and two Stanley Cup rings. Now, the goaltender nicknamed the Dominator is back. On Tuesday Hašek confirmed he would return to the ice next season. This time not in the NHL, but in the Czech Extraliga.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic impress in their final game before the ice hockey World Championships; legendary goaltender Dominik Hašek, 44, is said to be close to joining home town club Pardubice; the Czech women’s team prepare to face the US in the Fed Cup semi-finals, with worries Petra Kvitová may miss the tie through injury; and Zdeněk Grygera salvages a point for Juve, while Petr Čech reaches the FA Cup at the end of a nightmare week.
In Sports News this Tuesday: Karlovy Vary records an historic ice hockey championship triumph; Slavia draw in the Prague football derby to take another step towards the title; there’s no rush to fill the Czech national football manager’s vacant spot; and a Czech tennis player humbles the mighty Serena Williams.
Czech football is at one of its lowest ebbs in years. As well as doing poorly on the field, the national team has been embroiled in scandal off it, with reports that players went out partying after losing to Slovakia in Prague last week. Now the coach has been sacked, the captain has retired and six players have been expelled from the national squad.
In Sports News this Monday: football league leaders Slavia come a cropper in Olomouc, losing for the first time in 20 games; midfielder Vladimir Šmicer, 35, contemplates retirement as he goes under the surgeon’s knife; Marek Jankulovski threatens to retire from international football, adding to the woes of the Czech national team; and Karlovy Vary and Slavia Prague are tied at 1:1 after the opening games of the ice hockey Extraliga finals playoffs.
Last month Czech dog sled racer Jana Henychová made history by becoming the first female foreign national to take part in Norway’s Finnmarkslopet, the world’s northern-most race: 1,000 kilometres in tough conditions and tough terrain. She completed the race in eight days, earning enormous respect from both fellow mushers and locals. And, even though she finished last, five others (out of a total of 36 racers) did not finish at all. This week Jana Henychová, who lives in northern Bohemia with her 23 huskies, stopped by Czech Radio to talk about
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s footballers come in for some criticism after a toothless performance in a 0:0 draw away to Slovenia in a qualifier for the 2010 World Cup – but a win over Slovakia on Wednesday could see them make headway in an open group; Tomáš Verner comes fourth in the World Figure Skating Championships, after changing his approach to free skating; and Slavia Prague again face Karlovy Vary in the finals of the playoffs of ice hockey’s Extraliga.
In Sports News this Monday: Peckhart (19) helps Slavia Prague to all three points for the second game in a row – have the Czech football league leaders found a replacement for wunderkind Necid?; Sparta’s ‘kop’ is ordered closed for three games after a ball boy is injured by a flare; it’s 1:1 between Slavia Prague and Plzeň after the opening games of their ice hockey Extraliga semi-finals playoffs series, but Slavia had to mount a real fight-back to take game two; and former world tennis number seven Nicole Vaidišová halts a rather alarming slide