In Sports News this Monday: young Czech defender Jan Šimůnek wins the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg; with Slavia having taken the Czech league title attention has turned to the fight for second place, with Sparta currently edging it over Liberec; Robert “Bobby” Holík retires after 18 seasons in ice hockey’s NHL; and Czech handball star Filip Jícha puts his club Kiel ahead in the final of the sport’s Champions League.
The Czech ice hockey player Robert “Bobby” Holík has said he is retiring after 18 seasons in the NHL. In an interview for the New York Post, Holík, 38, said he had decided at the end of the season that he wanted to spend more time with his family. The centre won two Stanley Cups with the club where he spent the best part of his career, the New Jersey Devils. His father Jaroslav Holík won the 1972 world championships with Czechoslovakia and seven national championships with Dukla Jihlava.
In Sports News this Monday: Tomáš Berdych wins his first title of the season after an epic battle with Russia’s Youzhny in the final of the Munich Open; with an eight-point lead and only three games to go, Slavia Prague seem assured of winning the Czech football league again; Czech-born golfer Alex Čejka squanders the biggest final day lead in the history of the Players Championship; and questions are being asked about where it went wrong for the Czechs at the world ice hockey championships.
The Czech Republic’s national hockey team was defeated by Sweden on Thursday at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Switzerland. The final score was 3:1. The loss means that the Czechs are out, with no shot at a medal for the third straight year. During the quarterfinal game the Czechs failed to capitalise on the power play while the Swedes went ahead. Afterwards, coach Vladimír Růžička expressed disappointment, making clear the lone goal simply wasn’t enough. Czech fans had hoped the team might go further through the leadership of players like Jaromír Jágr.
In the NHL playoffs, Martin Havlát scored a goal and earned an assist to help his team Chicago defeat Vancouver in Game 4. Havlát tied the game with less than three minutes remaining, and then assisted on the winner in overtime. Chicago’s series with Vancouver is now tied at two-apiece. The next game takes place in Vancouver on Saturday.
In ice hockey, the Czechs face a crunch world championship quarterfinal match against Sweden on Thursday night. The match has been billed as the most important the Czechs have played so far this year. Czech optimism has been riding high that star player Jaromír Jagr can lead them to victory. The team has a point to prove after being bundled out of the world championships without a medal by the Swedes last year.
In Sports News this Monday: after two defeats, the Czechs bounce back at the ice hockey world championships, reaching the quarter-finals with a whopping 8:0 win over Slovakia and overcoming Belarus 3:0; upcoming Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger (23) wins the Tour of Romandie; and after a run of five games without a win, Slavia Prague’s lead at the top of the Czech football league is shrinking.
Czech Republic handed Slovakia their worst-ever defeat at the world ice hockey championship on Saturday by trouncing their neighbours 8-0. Jakub Klepis and Karel Rachunek had three assists while Jaromír Jagr scored twice in the most one-sided meeting in the history of Czech Republic-Slovakia matches. The team scored four goals in each of the first two periods before easing off in the third. The win took them into third place in Group F, ahead of Belarus on goal difference.
In ice hockey, the Czech team lost 3:4 in the world championship game against Finland on Wednesday night. After taking a 3:1 lead, the under strength Czechs were made to pay for the high number of fouls committed during the game. It is the first defeat by the team in the championships so far. The result left the Czechs second in group D and facing a Thursday quarterfinal tie against the strong Canadians.
The Czech Republic has beaten Norway 5:2 in the team’s second game at the ice hockey world championships in Switzerland on Monday evening. Goals were scored by Marek, Čajánek, Vašíček, Blaťák and Klepiš. The win follows the Czechs’ victory over Denmark 5:0 on Sunday, the team’s final match in the group stages of the competition will be against Finland on Wednesday. The Czech Republic has won the tournament on five occasions, the last being in 2005.
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