In ice hockey, champions Liberec booked the last place in the Extraliga semi-finals with a 5:4 victory against Plzeň on Friday night. The win gave them a 4:2 victory in the series and they will now face Chomutov in the semi-final. The other semi-final will be played between Hradec Králové and Kometa Brno.
Tomáš Plekanec broke a two-month drought and scored his eighth goal of the season in the Montreal Canadiens’ 4-1 win against the Ottawa Senators. He scored just 28 seconds into the match, picking up and slotting the rebound from an Andrej Markov shot seconds earlier. Plekanec, who is 34, missed three matches in March due to injury. Montreal are currently top in the Atlantic division and fifth in the Eastern Conference.
The Czech Ice Hockey Association paid tribute to former hockey forward and national squad coach, Josef Augusta who died on Thursday at the age of 70. The coach, who managed the squad during the so-called Golden era at the World Champions from 1999 to 2001 with the team winning the championship three times in a row, had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. He had been diagnosed in 2015. As a player, Mr Augusta won the silver medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck.
Czech ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr notched up his 1900th NHL point on his 45th birthday. Jágr, the oldest active player in the league, provided an assist in the 53rd minute to help the Florida Panthers to a 5:3 lead over San Jose. The San Jose sharks came back with two goals to draw the match and force extra time but Florida sealed a 6:5 win..
When Jaromír Jágr began playing in the NHL at 18 with rock star hair (which later prompted the slogan Fear the mullet) back in 1990, few knew the talented player would still be playing more than a quarter of a century later. Not only that, but that he would be one of the best to have ever played the game, behind only the Great One Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe on goals. Jágr turned 45 on Wednesday and the future Hall of Famer is showing no signs of slowing down.
Jaromír Jágr, the greatest Czech player in the history of ice hockey’s NHL, turned 45 on Wednesday. Jágr, who made his Czech league debut in 1988 at the age of 16, is the fifth oldest player ever to take to the ice in the NHL and has the league’s second highest points tally. The forward, who is hugely popular in the Czech Republic, has picked up two Stanley Cup rings and won gold at the Olympics with the Czech Republic in 1998.
In Sports News this Monday: a sobering defeat for the Czechs in the Davis Cup; a strong women’s team prepares to face Spain in the Fed Cup; second in Bulgaria and second in World Cup rankings for snowboard cross’s Eva Samková; and in ice hockey, Sparta Prague seek to overturn the Swedes on home ice in the Champions Hockey league final.
In ice hockey, three newcomers have been nominated for the Czech national squad to take part in the Swedish Hockey Games in Gothenburg. The three include forwards Vladimír Růžička junior of Chomutov and Petr Jelínek of Liberec as well as back Lukeš Klok of Vitkovice. Czech participation starts on February 9 with a match against Sweden. Russia and Finland also take part in the games.
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