In the National Hockey League, Ottawa Senator Milan Michálek scored once
and earned an assist in his team’s pre-season match against Montreal on
Saturday. Ottawa won 3:2, after losing 4:3 to the Canadiens on Friday in
the first of their back-to-back match-ups.
In other action, Martin Erat scored for Nashville on Saturday in a 4:3 win over the Winnipeg Jets, while Pavel Kubina scored for Tampa against Florida: Tampa won 5:3.
Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr has played his first match since returning to the NHL. Playing for his new team the Philadelphia Flyers in the pre-season, he earned an assist and scored the game-winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings. The Flyers were the visiting team. Jágr’s performance was highly praised by team coach Peter Laviolette. The Czech forward was more critical, telling reporters jovially afterwards that the game was “fast”, adding that he needed to improve.
Hundreds of people said their last farewell to Czech ice hockey star Jan
Marek, who was killed in the tragic Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash last
week, in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in his native
Jindřichův Hradec on Friday. The farewell ceremony was open to the public
for two hours. Hundreds of fans crowded into the church to lay down flowers
and sign a book of condolences. At noon, a memorial service was held for
close friends and family only. It was broadcast live for those who could
not attend it.
Jan Marek was one of three Czech ice hockey players who lost their lives when a Yak-42 plane caught fire shortly after take-off from the Russian Yaroslavl airport. All forty-three players were killed in the crash.
Hockey fans gathered in Zlín on Wednesday to pay their last respects to Czech hockey star Karel Rachunek who died in last week’s tragic plane crash in Russia. Over a thousand people stood in pouring rain on the town’s main square for an open-air memorial ceremony to the 2010 gold medalist. The funeral at 2pm in the hockey star’s home town was private.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs mourn three hockey players killed in the Yaroslavl plane crash; in football, Vitkoria Plzeň prepare for their first Champions League game; tennis player Jiří Veselý loses in the US Open boys’ singles final; the Czech men’s volleyball team secures a spot in the European championships’ play-offs; and Czech canoeist Kateřina Hošková claims the gold medal at the slalom world championships.
Thousands of people gathered in Prague’s Old Town Square on Sunday to
pay their respects to ice hockey stars Karel Rachůnek, Jan Marek and Josef
Vašíček, the three Czech players who were killed in a plane crash near
the Russian city of Yaroslavl on Wednesday. The official commememorative
ceremony was moderated by Czech TV sports commentator Robert Zárub and
opened by ten minutes of silence in honor of the plane crash victims. A
sermon by Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka followed. The president of the
Czech ice hockey federation Tomáš Král, famous ice hockey players such
as Jaromír Jágr, Patrick Eliáš as well as the coaches Alois Hadamczik
and Vladimír Růžička attended the ceremony. As a tribute to the three
deceased players, their numbers – Rachůnek’s four, Marek’s 15 and
Vašíček’s 63 – will not be used by the Czech national team in the
On Wednesday, a Yak-42 plane came down shortly after take off from the Russian city of Yaroslavl and burst into flames. The players were taking off for Minsk for the first match of the season. Among the 43 victims were Russian and European hockey players.
A military plane carrying the bodies of three Czech ice hockey stars who were killed in a tragic plane crash near the Russian city of Yaroslavl on Wednesday arrived at Prague’s military airport Kbely in the early hours of Saturday. The president of the Czech ice hockey federation, Tomáš Král, as well as relatives of the deceased players received the bodies of Karel Rachůnek, Jan Marek and Josef Vašíček at the airport, from where they will be transported to their families. The public will pay their respects to the three Czech victims of this week’s tragic air accident on Sunday afternoon at Old Town Square in Prague. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. On Wednesday, a passenger plane carrying almost all of the Russian hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl went down near the city’s airport and caught fire. The crash caused 43 deaths; one person is reported to have survived, though he is in critical condition with severe burns.
The public will pay their respects to the three Czech victims of this week’s tragic air accident on Sunday afternoon at Old Town Square in Prague. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. The bodies of hockey stars Karel Rachůnek, Jan Marek and Josef Vašíček were returned to the Czech Republic by a special government flight from Moscow, where they were identified. A passenger plane carrying almost all of the Russian hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl went down near the city’s airport on Wednesday and caught fire. The crash caused 43 deaths; one person is reported to have survived, though he is in critical condition with severe burns.
A memorial to mark the tragic death of three Czech ice hockey stars kicked
off in Prague on Thursday. In the afternoon, hundreds of people gathered
the square, where a makeshift shrine of flags, Jerseys and tricolor flags
had been assembled during an impromptu gathering on Wednesday night. Czech
ice hockey player Patrik Eliáš was among those who lit a candle in
of the victims of Wednesday’s plane crash, in which 43 people were
killed, among them the Czech players Karel Rachůnek, Josef Vašíček and
A Yak-42 plane came down shortly after take off from the Russian city of Yaroslavl on Wednesday and burst into flames. The players were taking off for Minsk for the first match of the season. Among the 43 victims were Russian and European hockey players. Only two passengers survived and are in critical condition with severe burns.
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