One of the Czech Republic’s most famous football stars, Petr Čech will
now be minding the goal on skates. The former Chelsea and Arsenal
goalkeeper has agreed to play as a goalkeeper in the British ice hockey
team Guildford Phoenix until the end of the season. His ice hockey debut
could come at Guildford’s Sunday game against the second team of the
The Czech sports star, who is also an accomplished drummer, told British media that after 20 years of playing football professionally, it will be a great experience to play some ice hockey, which he enjoyed following and playing as a child.
The National Hockey League’s 2019-20 regular season begins on Friday when
the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Chicago Blackhawks at Prague’s O2
Several Czech nationals will face off against each other. Playing for the Flyers is Jakub Voráček, the team’s right winger and an alternate captain. Playing for the Blackhawks are forward David Kämpf and centre Dominik Kubalík, in his NHL debut.
Although originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2013, Kubalík has had to wait until now for a chance to actually play in the NHL and spent last season playing in Switzerland.
This is the third straight year that the NHL returns to Europe as part of its efforts to grow the local fan base in hockey-mad countries such as the Czech Republic.
The match starts at 8pm local Prague time. It is the showcase event of the 2019 NHL Global Series.
Slavia Prague are crowned champions for 19th time with one round to go – coach Trpišovský says he’s relieved to have got over line; Plzeň boss Vrba says charges had successful season despite coming second; Czechs power on with fifth win in six games at hockey worlds; and Plíšková climbs to second in world with Rome triumph.
The former international ice hockey goaltender Adam Svoboda has died at the
age of 41. His death was confirmed by the club Pardubice, where he was a
coach. The news website iDnes.cz reported that he had committed suicide.
Svoboda made 32 appearances for the Czech national team and collected at World Champion’s medal in Vienna in 2005. He played for Pardubice and several other, mainly Czech, clubs.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey team travelled by train from Prague to
Bratislava on Tuesday, three days before this year’s World Championships
begin in Slovakia. Around 100 fans turned out to wish good luck to 15
members of the squad before they set off from the city’s Main Station on
the four-hour journey. Other players were due to get on board in Brno and
The Czechs’ first game at the World Championships is on Friday night against Sweden, who lifted the trophy the last two years.
The Czech hockey team finished last in the Carslon Hockey Games, the last of the four Euro Hockey Tour series between Sweden, Russia, Finland and the Czech Republic. In the final match of the tournament in Brno on Sunday, the Czech team lost to Russia 1-4. The Carlson Hockey Games were won by Sweden, but the overall winner of the series is Russia.
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