MP Jiří Šlégr has admitted he may give up his seat in the Chamber of Deputies to return to the sport of hockey, Czech daily Lidové noviny writes. Šlégr, one of the faces of the LEV 21 party, founded by former Social Democrat leader and former prime minister Jiří Paroubek, told the daily he was considering the idea of playing for Litvínov and said the posts clearly were not compatible. Šlégr is a former defenceman and both a Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medal winner. If he steps down, he will be replaced by Petr Benda, party leader Jiří Paroubek confirmed.
The Czech Republic’s national hockey team faces the Swiss at the Ice Hockey World Championship on Monday afternoon. The Swiss so far have been the surprise of the tournament, upending first hosts Sweden and then Canada. The Czechs have won one and lost one so far. They beat Belarus but were defeated by Sweden 2:1 despite an outstanding performance by goalie Salák, who will be in net again against the Swiss team.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs get off to winning start at World Ice Hockey Championship with win over Belarus but are comprehensively outshot in defeat to hosts Sweden; Plzeň open up five-point gap on Sparta in the race for the Czech soccer title; and Slavia trounce Jablonec in first game under Petrouš following his return.
In their second game at this year’s Ice Hockey World Championship the Czech national team lost to the Swedes 2:1. Swedes got in the first goal in the 10th minute, right after the end of their first power-play, and brought the score up to 2:0, 13 minutes later. Half-way into the game Jiří Hudler scored the only goal for the visitors, but the Czechs were unable to even out the score before the end of the game. The Czech team will face Switzerland on Monday.
The Czech Republic beat Belarus 2:0 in their opening game at the World Ice Hockey Championship in Stockholm on Friday with the goals coming from Jakub Voráček and Radim Vrbata. The result means the Czechs – who were last crowned world champions three years ago – have maintained their record of never having lost their opening in the tournament. Alois Hadamczik’s charges will face stiffer competition on Saturday, when they face hosts Sweden.
The Czech national hockey team lost 1:2 to Russia on Saturday in the final leg of the Euro Hockey Tour, to finish second overall. The Czechs missed several good opportunities to score and did poorly in power plays. The game was the Czech team’s last ahead of the world championships which start in Helsinki and Stockholm.
Two-time ice hockey world championship gold medal winner Tomáš Vokoun, a goalie who plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins, has told the news website idnes he will no longer play for the national squad. Vokoun led the Czech team to an unexpected victory against Russia in the final in Germany in 2010. Before that, he won his first gold in Austria in 2005. Vokoun told idnes that the Czech Republic had plenty of talented up-and-coming goalies and that it would be unfair of him to take a place on the roster. Vokoun did not play in the championship last year due to injury and missed the year before that when he sought a new contract in the NHL.
Over 2,000 fans welcomed Plzeň’s ice hockey team to the West Bohemian city in the early hours of Monday morning, hours after they had won the Extraliga for the first time ever. Plzeň took the title following a fairytale 4:3 victory over Zlín on Sunday in the last game of the best-of-seven playoff final. The highly dramatic match went to two overtime periods and was decided after a record 96 minutes 15 seconds.
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