Lukáš Krpálek has won the annual Czech Sportsman of the Year
competition. The Judo world champion beat second placed basketball player
Tomáš Satoránský by 74 points. The Boston Bruins's ice hockey
right winger David Pastrňák placed third. The winners in the collective
category were the Czech national basketball team, who placed sixth in this
year's FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Aside from ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr, Mr Krpálek is one of only two men to win the award in the past 14 years.
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.
Jaromír Jágr is to be the public face of the ice hockey tournament at Beijing’s Winter Olympic Games in 2022. Jágr thus joins Canadian legend Wayne Gretzky among the personalities that are helping prepare and develop Chinese ice hockey. But it is not only on the level of personalities that cooperation is growing.
International and Czech sports stars turned out for an exhibition event at
Prague’s O2 Arena on Thursday evening at which tennis player Radek
Štěpánek officially ended his career. Current world tennis number two
Novak Djokovic and retired legend Andre Agassi attended the sold-out event,
while such huge names as Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal sent
Also paying tribute to Štěpánek, who stopped playing last November at the age of 38, were football stars Petr Čech and Pavel Nedvěd and ice hockey legend Jaromír Jágr.
Štěpánek’s highest ranking was eighth in the world and he helped the Czech Republic to two Davis Cup triumphs.
Ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr looks set to remain with his hometown club
Kladno next season. The 46-year-old’s name is among the 16 players listed
as being on Kladno’s roster for the 2018–2019 season, which has been
published on the club’s website.
Jágr, the second most productive player in the history of the NHL, joined Kladno from Calgary at the end of January. He subsequently played only four full games before being largely sidelined by the return of a knee injury.
Doctors have confirmed that Czech hockey star Jaromír Jágr suffered a
concussion following a hard hit by Havířov’s Marek Sikora in a game on
Saturday but escaped more serious injury.
Jágr lay on the ice for a long moment after being checked from behind and against the boards. iDnes reported that his tongue fell back after he hit his head in the fall.
A stretcher was called for but Jágr was able to eventually get back on his feet. He is now in recovery.
Jaromír Jágr was one of the stars of the Czech squad that took ice hockey gold at the Nagano Olympics, which began 20 years ago on Wednesday. The veteran forward admits playing again at this year’s Olympics did cross his mind – and says the absence of NHL players increases Czech chances of repeating the famous victory of 1998.