The Chicago Blackhawks are a win away from winning this year’s Stanley Cup. On Monday, the club faces the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of their best-of-seven series. Both teams have Czech players on the roster: Chicago has Michal Rozsival who played only part of the playoffs before suffering a broken ankle. A win by the Blackhawks would be their third victory in the playoffs since 2010. Tampa Bay, should they come back and win the series from 3-2 down, have two Czech players: forward Ondrej Palát and defenceman Andrej Šustr.
Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr, historian Jehudu Bauer and the grand-daughter of the shoe manufacturer Jan Antonin Bata, Dolores Liljana Bata are 12 personalities being awarded the 2015 Gratias Agit award for promoting the good name of the Czech Republic abroad on Friday evening. The awards are presented by the Czech foreign minister, Lubomír Zaorálek, at a special ceremony at Prague’s Černín Palace. The Gratias Agit awards have been presented annually since 1997.
Czech national ice hockey coach Vladimír Růžička is facing more allegations of bribe-taking while coaching domestic league club Slavia, Czech Radio reported on Tuesday. According to the report, Mr Růžička asked several parents for large sums of money to allow their children play for the club. The Czech national coach has refused to comment on the accusations. A criminal complaint of corruption has already been filed against the coach for bribe-taking, fraud and breach of trust in connection with a sum of CZK 500,000 he is alleged to have accepted from a man to allow his son to play for Slavia Prague.
In [ice] hockey, Czech forward Ondřej Palát scored in Tampa Bay Lightning’s 3:2 Stanley Cup final series win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Palát’s goal in the third period drew Tampa level at 2:2 after going behind only 12 seconds earlier. Cedric Paquette scored the winner with just over three minutes left on the clock. The win gives Tampa Bay a 2:1 lead in the series with the next match due Wednesday.
Czech national ice hockey coach, Vladimír Růžíčka has signed a 10 year contract with the Czech team the Chomutov Pirates to be their head coach. Růžíčka will still retain his position with the national team. Růžíčka had been stressing for some time that he was seeking a more hands on daily post with a league team. Jobs with Czech teams Litvínov and Slavia Prague had been mooted, as had previously a move to Russian team Omsk. The Pirates were promoted to the top ice hockey league at the end of the last season. Betislav Kopřiva who helped the team to promotion will be one of Růžíčka’s assistants.
In ice hockey, the Canadian club the Calgary Flames announced they had signed Czech defenceman Jakub Nakládal on a one year contract. Nakládal last season played for Finnish club Turku. The 27 year old Czech was rated one of the best Czech defencemen in the recent world championships with five assists in 10 games. Other NHL club, Chicago and Carolina, were also reported to be interested in signing Nakládal.
The Czech Business Inspectorate uncovered shortcomings in 53 percent of shops, refreshments stands and restaurants it visited during the Ice Hockey World Championships, it said in a news release issued on Tuesday. The inspectors targetted the stadia in Prague and Ostrava where the tournament was held and nearby spots. They said they had seized 200 counterfeit items, with the most popular being replica jerseys of Czech star player Jaromír Jágr.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs fail to make home advantage pay at Ice Hockey World Championships, finishing fourth; Jágr retires at international level despite being Czechs’ most productive player; and Hradec Králové and České Budějovice are relegated 12 months after winning promotion to Czech soccer’s top flight.