The former international ice hockey goaltender Adam Svoboda has died at the
age of 41. His death was confirmed by the club Pardubice, where he was a
coach. The news website iDnes.cz reported that he had committed suicide.
Svoboda made 32 appearances for the Czech national team and collected at World Champion’s medal in Vienna in 2005. He played for Pardubice and several other, mainly Czech, clubs.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey team travelled by train from Prague to
Bratislava on Tuesday, three days before this year’s World Championships
begin in Slovakia. Around 100 fans turned out to wish good luck to 15
members of the squad before they set off from the city’s Main Station on
the four-hour journey. Other players were due to get on board in Brno and
The Czechs’ first game at the World Championships is on Friday night against Sweden, who lifted the trophy the last two years.
The Czech hockey team finished last in the Carslon Hockey Games, the last of the four Euro Hockey Tour series between Sweden, Russia, Finland and the Czech Republic. In the final match of the tournament in Brno on Sunday, the Czech team lost to Russia 1-4. The Carlson Hockey Games were won by Sweden, but the overall winner of the series is Russia.
Třinec have won the Czech ice hockey Extraliga after beating Liberec 4:2
on Sunday evening to achieve the same result on games in the best-of-seven
final series of the competition’s playoffs.
It is the second time Třinec have lifted the title in their history and comes eight years after their first triumph. Liberec were losing finalists for the second year in a row.
Exactly 50 years ago today, the Czechoslovak national ice hockey team beat the Soviets in the world championships for a second time, setting off a series of celebrations – which soon turned into protests, at times violent, against the ongoing Warsaw Pact occupation. Though a moral victory, in a sense it proved a Pyrrhic one.
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