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Finland 2 – Czech Republic 0 : Match Report

Finland's NIKLAS HAGMAN (10) raises his stick high to signal his third period goal which broke the 0-0 stalemate in the quarterfinals at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Concerned are Czech goaltender TOMAS VOKOUN and defenseman JAN HEJDA (35). Finland defeated the Czech Republic 2-0 to advance to the semifinals of the Vancouver Games. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Finland's NIKLAS HAGMAN (10) raises his stick high to signal his third period goal which broke the 0-0 stalemate in the quarterfinals at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Concerned are Czech goaltender TOMAS VOKOUN and defenseman JAN HEJDA (35). Finland defeated the Czech Republic 2-0 to advance to the semifinals of the Vancouver Games. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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Both the CZECH REPUBLIC and FINLAND brought offensive ability to the University of British Columbia Thunderbird Arena for their quarterfinal match at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.

What materialized in the midst of the pressures associated with the Olympic tournament was a defensive struggle featuring a good, old-fashioned goaltender’s duel between Finland’s MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF of the Calgary Flames and the Czech Republic’s TOMAS VOKOUN of the Florida Panthers.

The game, at least statistically, was quite evenly contested. The first period would have the Finns finish with an 11-10 edge in shots-on-goal. The second session would have that same result reversed in favor of the Czechs. Indeed, for the whole sixty minutes, each time would generate a matching thirty-one shots upon one another’s goal.

Five minor penalties to the Czech Republic in the first period meant star forward JAROMIR JAGR of Russian club Avangard Omsk saw just 2:08 of ice time from coach VLADIMIR RUZICKA in the opening twenty minutes.

Finland, however, failed to take advantage of its power play opportunities with solid penalty-killing and Vokoun in net carrying the Czechs.

In the second period, the Czech Republic did better to avoid the wrath of the referees and organize more attacks but found Kiprusoff to be in fine form for the Finns.

After 52 minutes of scoreless hockey, Finland finally broke the stalemate after the Czech Republic’s MARTIN ERAT of the Nashville Predators was sent to the penalty box.

Already a man down, the Czechs had their problems compounded in short order.

Critically, Finnish forward NIKLAS HAGMAN of the Calgary Flames was left alone in front when defenseman JANNE NISKALA of Swedish club HC Vastra Frolunda Goteborg let go his slapshot from the Finnish point. Hagman, the son of the first Finn to ever play in the National Hockey League, redirected the puck through Vokoun’s five-hole for the game’s first goal. For Hagman, it marked his third goal in four games for Finland at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

The Czech Republic defenseman PAVEL KUBINA of the Atlanta Flames had been at the center of it all. Kubina had lost his helmet in a collision with Hagman, who had started the play with a rush into the Czech zone. Shortly before Niskala discharged his shot, Kubina, realizing he had no headgear, suddenly left Hagman to collect his helmet behind the net.  

“It was tough luck for us, because the defenseman lost his helmet and he had to go pick it up. But, that’s a part of the game,” Jagr later reflected.

In the 59th minute, Finland’s VALTTERI FILPPULA of the Detroit Red Wings effectively killed off the Czechs’ last chance with an empty-net goal seven seconds after Vokoun had gone to the bench for an extra attacker.

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FINLAND 2 – CZECH REPUBLIC 0

Shots-on-goal :  Finland 31 – Czech Republic 31

FIN goals :  Hagman, Filppula

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Finnish winger TEEMU SELANNE (8) wrecks with Czech defenseman MAREK ZIDLICKY (3) in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Finnish winger TEEMU SELANNE (8) wrecks with Czech defenseman MAREK ZIDLICKY (3) in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

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A hard hit from Czech defender JAN HEJDA (35) along the boards dispossesses Finland forward TUOMO RUUTU (15) of both the puck and his balance at the Vancouver Games. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

A hard hit from Czech defender JAN HEJDA (35) along the boards dispossesses Finland forward TUOMO RUUTU (15) of both the puck and his balance at the Vancouver Games. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

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Finland’s ANTTI MIETTINEN outmuscles the Czech Republic’s MARTIN ERAT (91) in his bid for the black disc. Erat collected a critical penalty late in the contest at UBC Thunderbird Arena. (Reuters photo)

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Czech Republic 3 – Latvia 2 : Match Report

Boston Bruins forward DAVID KREJCI (46) scores 5:10 into overtime to lift the Czech Republic past a plucky Latvia 3-2 in the qualification round at the 2010 Winter Olympics. The Czechs move on to face Finland in the quarterfinals at the 2010 Vancouver Games. (Chris O'Meara/AP photo)

Boston Bruins forward DAVID KREJCI (46) scores 5:10 into overtime to lift the Czech Republic past a plucky Latvia 3-2 in the qualification round at the 2010 Winter Olympics. The Czechs move on to face Finland in the quarterfinals at the 2010 Vancouver Games. (Chris O'Meara/AP photo)

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Two goals eleven minutes and six seconds into the contest seemed to send some sort of signal the CZECH REPUBLIC were in for a training game against LATVIA in the qualification round at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

First, with the Czechs on the power play, TOMAS ROLINEK of Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk backhanded the rebound from Ottawa Senators defenseman FILIP KUBA’s point shot behind Latvia goaltender EDGARS MASALSKIS of Dynamo Riga just before the six minute mark.

Then, TOMAS FLEISCHMANN of the Washington Capitals wristed a shot from the slot past Masalskis after a fine setup from Boston Bruins forward DAVID KREJCI, who had taken the puck after fine board work from teammate ROMAN CERVENKA of Slavia Prague behind the net.

But Masalskis, who would finish the game with 48 saves, immediately thereafter slammed the door on the Czech Republic for the remainder of regulation play in what was easily the 29-year-old veteran Latvian international’s best effort at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Meanwhile, the scrappy but heavily outshot Latvians continued to skate and play for a break.

Such opportunity arrived with eight minutes left in the match when a centered puck from Lativa’s ALEKSANDRS NIZIVIJS skipped to MARTINS CIPULIS in the slot. The 29-year-old Dynamo Riga forward quickly whacked the disc past Czech goaltender TOMAS VOKOUN of the Florida Panthers to cut the Latvian deficit in half.

Suitably energized and the beneficiaries of a bit of good fortune, Latvia pulled level tunate bounce with less than four minutes remaining in regulation. The well-traveled ARMANDS BERZINS, a Minnesota Wild draft pick, saw his one-timer from the slot miss the net but bounce off the boards straight to Dynamo Riga’s MIKELIS REDLIHS at the side of the net. The 25-year-old forward was able to bundle the biscuit into the back of the net and lift Latvia to a remarkable 2-2 draw.

And, thus, extra time was required.

A little more than halfway through the overtime session, the Czech Republic booked their passage into the quarterfinal round. Krejci collected a drop pass from Fleischmann in the offensive zone and, after faking the slapshot, cut to his right to shoot between Masalskis’ legs for the game-winning-goal.

The Czechs could breathe a collective sigh of relief. 

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CZECH REPUBLIC 3 – LATVIA 2 — (overtime)

Shots-on-goal :  Czech Republic 50 – Latvia 26

CZE goals :  Rolinek, Fleischmann

LAT goals :  Cipulis, M. Redlihs

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Two Kontinental Hockey Leaguers converge — Lativa’s GINTS MEIJA (87) of Dynamo Riga mixes with the Czech Republic’s TOMAS ROLINEK of Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk. (Harry How/Getty Images)

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Russia 4 – Czech Republic 2 : Match Report

Russian forward EVGENY MALKIN (11) gets a big hug from ALEXANDER OVECHKIN (8) as PAVEL DATSYUK (13) seeks to join the celebration at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Malkin had just netted a power play goal to give the Russians a 1-0 lead in the classic confrontation of Eastern European rivals. (Matthew Manor/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Russian forward EVGENY MALKIN (11) gets a big hug from ALEXANDER OVECHKIN (8) as PAVEL DATSYUK (13) seeks to join the celebration at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Malkin had just netted a power play goal to give the Russians a 1-0 lead in the classic confrontation of Eastern European rivals. (Matthew Manor/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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The CZECH REPUBLIC and RUSSIA renewed an old Eastern European rivalry at the 2010 Winter Olympics in a match that meant first place in the Group B standings to the winner in Vancouver.

Powered by a pair of goals from EVGENY MALKIN of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penquins, Russia defeated the Czech Republic 4-2 to claim the automatic berth in the quarterfinal round at the Vancouver Games.

As Czech star JAROMIR JAGR of Russian club Avangard Omsk sat in the penalty box, Malkin and the Russian national team drew first blood on the power play fifteen minutes into the contest. A shot from the point produced a rebound for ALEXANDER OVECHKIN of the Washington Capitals, which was saved by Czech Republic goaltender TOMAS VOKOUN of the Florida Panthers. The loose puck in front soon kicked out to Malkin down low in the faceoff circle on the right wing.

From the sharp angle on one knee, Malkin threaded the puck through Vokoun’s arm and midsection for a 1-0 Russia lead.

The Czechs would tie the game with a power play goal of their own however, with less than a minute remaining in the opening period.

After fine work by the Czechs in the offensive zone, specifically, by Czech captain PATRIK ELIAS of the New Jersey Devils and defenseman TOMAS KABERLE of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the point, Elias was able to hack the puck ahead to Montreal Canadiens forward TOMAS PLEKANEC.

Plekanec collected the puck, spun around, and snapped a shot past Russian goaltender EVGENY NABOKOV of the San Jose Sharks, off the far post and into the net to square the score. For Plekanec, it was his third goal in three games for the Czech Republic at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Given the rich tradition and history of these two rival nations at the Winter Olympic, it should have come as no surprise the second period produced a tightly contested, close checking affair. The Czechs actually held a 9-7 advantage for shots-on-goal in the middle session, but it was the Russians who retook the lead with less than five and half minutes to go until intermission. Fashioning the goal for the Russians were a pair of players certainly familiar to national team coach VYACHESLAV BYKOV.

ALEXANDER RADULOV, despite tight marking by Czech MARTIN ERAT of the Nashville Predators, was able to knock the puck forward to VIKTOR KOZLOV alone in the slot. Kozlov’s shot far post caught Vokoun moving the wrong way and sent the Russians back in front. Both Kozlov and Radulov, of course, compete for Salavat Yulayev Ufa, the Kontinental Hockey League club coached by Bykov.

The goal that would decide the game came less two minutes into the third period and included the play of the day.

Jagr, stickhandling at center ice, was caught with his head down and abolutely demolished by a devastating hit by Ovechkin. A quick pass from FYDOR TYUTIN of the Columbus Blue Jackets sent ALEXANDER SEMIN away with the puck down the left into the Czech zone until the Washington Capital backhanded a centering pass into space for Malkin steaming down the right. Malkin, again on one knee and, again, with a severe angle at the bottom of the faceoff circle, swept the puck past Vokoun for a critical two-goal advantage.

The Czechs managed a game-high eleven shots in the third period and were able to draw within one with roughly five minutes remaining in the game. The play was made by MAREK ZIDLICKY of the Minnesota Wild; pinching in from the right point to collect a puck along the boards midway in the Czech zone, Zidlicky circled the net and fed MILAN MICHALEK of the Ottawa Senators standing in front. Michalek was easily able to one-time the puck into a virtually wide-open net for his first goal in Vancouver.  

The Czechs would press but, for the Russians, the danger would pass with an empty net goal from PAVEL DATSYUK of the Detroit Red Wings thirteen seconds from full time.

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RUSSIA 4 – CZECH REPUBLC 2

Shots-on-goal :  Russia 31 – Czech Republic 25

RUS goals :  Malkin 2, Kozlov, Datsyuk

CZE goals :  Plekanec, M.Michalek

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Czech Rep 5 – Latvia 2 : Match Report

Czech Republic forward DAVID KREJCI (46) bags the game's opening goal as Latvia forwards ALEKSEJS SIROKOVS (88), left, and LAURIS DARZINS (10) can only observe. The Czech Republic downed Latvia 5-2 at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Czech Republic forward DAVID KREJCI (46) bags the game's opening goal as Latvia forwards ALEKSEJS SIROKOVS (88), left, and LAURIS DARZINS (10) can only observe. The Czech Republic downed Latvia 5-2 at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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The CZECH REPUBLIC came out firing on all cylinders against LATVIA by scoring three goals in the opening five minutes to take effective control of the match from the outset and remained unbeaten with a 5-2 win at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Boston Bruin DAVID KREJCI connected for the Czechs the opening goal two and half minutes in after Latvian goaltender EDGAR MASALSKIS appeared to commit early and was followed at 3:33 by TOMAS PLEKANEC of the Montreal Canadiens with a redirected puck provided by MAREK ZIDLICKY of the Minnesota Wild, who totaled three assists in the contest.

A vintage rocket from the top of the right circle from JAROMIR JAGR of Avangard Omsk swelled the Czech Republic lead to 3-0 on the power play with just 5:07 played of a first period in which the Czechs piled up a 16-4 shots-on-goal advantage.

Another power play goal from Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman TOMAS KABERLE on a fine passing play involving Zidlicky and New Jersey Devil PATRIK ELIAS pushed the Czechs’ ahead by four six and a half minutes into the second period.

Facing the Czech Republic for the first time ever at the Winter Games, the Latvians attempted to fight back. With four and a half to go in the middle session, Dynamo Riga defenseman KRISTAPS SOTNIEKS, just out of the penalty box, collected a home run pass from HERBERTS VASILJEVS of German club EV Krefeld onsides at the Czech blue line. Sotnieks raced in on goal to beat TOMAS VOKOUN of the Florida Panthers with a wrist shot and delight the supporters of the tiny Baltic nation.

Following a little puck possession on a power play of their own, the Latvians added a second goal three minutes later. Dynamo Riga’s GIRTS ANKIPANS notched his second goal at the Vancouver Games to cut the Czech lead in half.

The Czech Republic, however, again dominated the third period with a 15-7 shot-on-goal margin to close out the contest; the Czech captain Elias elevated a puck in his own zone to score an empty-netter with eighteen seconds remaining and score his second goal at this year’s Winter Olympics.

Plekanec and Jagr also have registered two goals in two games for the Czech Republic at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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CZECH REPUBLIC 5 – LATVIA 2

Shots-on-goal :  Czech Republic 39 – Latvia 18

CZE goals :  Krejci, Plekanec, Jagr, Kaberle, Elias

LAT goals :  Sotnieks, Ankipans

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Boston Bruin Krejci (46) takes advantage of Latvia goaltender EDGAR MASALSKIS to give the Czechs a 1-0 lead. "Maybe I fooled myself on the first goal," Masalskis reflected afterwards. (AP photo)

Boston Bruin Krejci (46) takes advantage of Latvia goaltender EDGAR MASALSKIS to give the Czechs a 1-0 lead. "Maybe I fooled myself on the first goal," Masalskis reflected afterwards. (AP photo)

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Krejci (46), trailed by Sirokovs (88), slides the puck past Masalskis after the fine passing play on the counterattack involving MARTIN ERAT of the Nashville Predators and Washington Capital TOMAS FLEISCHMANN. (Reuters photo)

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TOMAS ROLINEK of Metallug Magnitogorsk and MILAN MICHALEK of the Ottawa Senators signal the second Czech goal sent past Latvia goaltender EDGARS MASALSKIS inside the game’s first three and a half minutes. (Bruce Bennett/Reuters)

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37-year-old JAROMIR JAGR (68) of the Czech Republic, here pursued by defenseman and goal-scorer KRISTAPS SOTNIEKS (11), scored his 27th career goal at a major international tournament (75 games) against Latvia in the match at Vancouver. (Reuters photo)

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Czech Republic defenseman PAVEL KUBINA (77) of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrahsers is crunched against the boards by Latvia forward KASPARS DAUGAVINS (16) of the AHL’s Binghamton Senators at the 2010 Vancouver Games. (Molly Riley/Reuters)

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Czech Republic center ROMAN CERVENKA of Slavia Prague is smashed by Latvia defenseman and captain KARLIS SKRASTINS of the Dallas Stars as the linesman looks on at the Vancouver Games. (Bruce Bennett/Reuters)

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Czech Repbulic captain PATRIK ELIAS (26), hampered here by Latvian defenseman ARVIDS REKIS (3), finished off the match with an empty net goal. (AP Photo)

Czech Repbulic captain PATRIK ELIAS (26), hampered here by Latvian defenseman ARVIDS REKIS (3), finished off the match with an empty net goal. (AP Photo)

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Czech Rep 3 – Slovakia 1 : Match Report

Czech Republic star JAROMIR JAGR (68) peels away after depositing the puck past Slovakia goaltender JAROSLAV HALAK. Jagr's second period strike proved to be the game-winning-goal in the Czech Republic's 3-1 conquest at the 2010 Vancouver Games. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Czech Republic star JAROMIR JAGR (68) peels away after depositing the puck past Slovakia goaltender JAROSLAV HALAK. Jagr's second period strike proved to be the game-winning-goal in the Czech Republic's 3-1 conquest at the 2010 Vancouver Games. (Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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The country of Czechoslovakia always consistently iced strong teams at the Winter Olympics.

The separate nations of the CZECH REPUBLIC and SLOVAKIA still play high-quality hockey, as was on full display for the world to see in the Group B opener between the two at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

In the end, goaltender TOMAS VOKOUN turned aside 34 shots and 1998 Olympic gold medalist JAROMIR JAGR scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and then assisted on some insurance in the third as the Czech Republic survived arch-rival Slovakia 3-1.

New Jersey Devils wing PATRIK ELIAS deflected Salavat Yulayev Ufa defenseman MIROSLAV BLATAK’s wrist shot past Slovakia goalie JAROSLAV HALAK of the Montreal Canadiens roughly halfway through the evenly-played first period.

Slovakia, who ended with a 35-24 advantage for shots-on-goal, tied the game just 21 seconds in the middle frame when New York Ranger MARIAN GABORIK finished from the slot after a nice setup from Chicago Black Hawk MARIAN HOSSA.

But, the Czechs netted two late-period goals in the second which would directly determine the final result. Slavia Prague’s ROMAN CERVENKA’s clever pass sent Jagr in clear to shoot past Halak with roughly two minutes remaining to restore the Czech lead. Jagr then figured prominently in a play finished off by Montreal Canadiens center TOMAS PLEKANEC, who scored at the expense of his club teammate Halak with just two seconds left on the clock.

Slovakia applied serious pressure in the final period and posted a 12-2 lead in shots on goal but were unable to put another puck past Vokoun and, thus, fell to their cousins from the Czech Republic for the third time at the Winter Olympics.

With the triumph, the Czech Republic also ran its record to 9-2 all-time versus Slovakia at major international tournaments.

With a goal and an assist in the match, Jagr pushed his career totals to 6 goals and 13 assists for 19 points from 19 games at the Winter Olympics.

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CZECH REPUBLIC 3 – SLOVAKIA 1

Shots-on-goal :  Slovakia 35 – Czech Republic 24

CZE goals :  Elias, Jagr, Plekanec

SVK goals :  Gaborik

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Czech Republic goaltender TOMAS VOKOUN turns away a scoring attempt as teammates DAVID KREJCI (46) and PAVEL KUBINA (77) deal with Slovak goal-scorer MARIAN HOSSA (81) hunting the rebound. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

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Slovakia defenseman LUBOMIR VISNOVSKY (17) of the Edmonton Oilers and Czech Republic forward JOSEF VASICEK (63) of Russian club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl conduct a board meeting at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. (CTK photo)

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Czech goalie TOMAS VOKOUN (29) of the Florida Panthers tangles with former National Hockey League teammate RICHARD ZEDNIK (20) of Slovakia. Zednik, a veteran of 745 NHL games, was with Vokoun in Florida for two seasons before signing this summer to play for Russian club Torpedo Yaroslavl in the Kontinental Hockey League. (CTK photo)

Czech goalie TOMAS VOKOUN (29) of the Florida Panthers tangles with former National Hockey League teammate RICHARD ZEDNIK (20) of Slovakia. Zednik, a veteran of 745 NHL games, was with Vokoun in Florida for two seasons before signing this summer to play for Russian club Torpedo Yaroslavl in the Kontinental Hockey League. (CTK photo)

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Czech Republic – Final Olympic Roster

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CZECH REPUBLIC — final roster for 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

Coach — Vladimir RUZICKA —— Asst — Ondrej Weissman, Josef Jandac

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Goaltenders

  • # 29 — Tomas VOKOUN — FLORIDA
  • # 31 — Ondrej PAVELEC — ATLANTA
  • # 33 — Jakub STEPANEK — HC Vitkovice Ostrava

Defensemen

  • #   3 — Marek ZIDLICKY — MINNESOTA
  • #   4 — Zbynek MICHALEK — PHOENIX
  • #   5 — Roman POLAK — ST. LOUIS
  • # 17 — Filip KUBA — OTTAWA
  • # 35 — Jan HEJDA — COLUMBUS
  • # 44 — Miroslav BLATAK — Salavat Yulayev Ufa
  • # 77 — Pavel KUBINA — ATLANTA

Forwards

  • #   9 — Milan MICHALEK — OTTAWA
  • # 10 — Roman CERVENKA — HC Slavia Prague
  • # 14 — Tomas PLEKANEC — MONTREAL
  • # 16 — Petr CAJANEK — SKA St. Petersburg
  • # 24 — Martin HAVLAT — MINNESOTA
  • # 26 — Patrik ELIAS — NEW JERSEY
  • # 34 — Tomas FLEISCHMANN — WASHINGTON
  • # 46 — David KREJCI — BOSTON
  • # 60 — Tomas ROLINEK — Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  • # 63 — Josef VASICEK — Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
  • # 68 — Jaromir JAGR — Avangard Omsk
  • # 91 — Martin ERAT — NASHVILLE

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Czech Republic vs Slovakia – Match History

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Match history at major international events :

CZECH REPUBLIC — versus — SLOVAKIA

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First meeting — 16 years ago — 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway

Overall record — Czech Republic 8 — Slovakia 2

Winter Olympics record — Czech Republic 2 — Slovakia 0

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  • 1994 — OG – Lillehammer —————– 7-1 – Czech Rep
  • 1998 — WC – Zurich ———————— 1-0 – Czech Rep
  • 1999 — WC – Oslo ————————— 8-2 – Czech Rep
  • 2000 — WC – St. Petersburg ————– 5-3 – Czech Rep
  • 2001 — WC – Hannover ——————- 2-0 – Czech Rep
  • 2003 — WC – Helsinki ———————- 4-2 – Slovakia
  • 2005 — WC – Vienna ———————– 5-1 – Czech Rep
  • 2006 — OG – Turin ————————- 3-1 – Czech Rep
  • 2007 — WC – Moscow ——————— 3-2 – Slovakia
  • 2009 — WC – Zurich ———————— 8-0 – Czech Rep

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Czech Republic : Concussion For Elias

PATRIK ELIAS (62) of the Czech Republic competes for the puck with Germany's DENNIS SEIDENBERG (84) at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

PATRIK ELIAS (62) of the Czech Republic competes for the puck with Germany's DENNIS SEIDENBERG (84) at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

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Concussions are never good news for any athlete of any sport.

With the Winter Olympics officially less than a month away now, the status of the head injury suffered by New Jersey Devils wing PATRIK ELIAS over the weekend has to be of great concern for VLADIMIR RUZICKA, the coach of the Czech Republic national team.

Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger reports Elias will be examined by a specialist later this week :

http://nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2010/01/patrik_elias_will_see_a_specia.html

Elias, who was injured Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche, has totaled 10 goals and 26 points in 32 games for the New Jersey Devils this National Hockey League season.

Elias has also appeared at six major international tournaments for the Czech Republic (20 ga, 12 go 6 as, 18 pts) and has been selected by his country for the upcoming Vancouver Games.

The 33-year-old wing was a hard-luck participant for the bronze medalist Czech Republic at Turin; Elias was injured in opening game versus Germany and missed the remainder of the 2006 Olympic tournament.

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CZECH REPUBLIC : Olympic Roster Released

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CZECH REPUBLIC nat’l team — 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver

Coach — Vladimir RUZICKA

Goaltenders

  • 5 app – 33 ga — 32 – Tomas VOKOUN — FLORIDA
  • 1 app — 5 ga — 23 – Jakub STEPANEK — HC Vitkovice
  • 0 app — 0 ga — 22 – Ondrej PAVELEC — ATLANTA 

Defensemen

  • 7 app – 50 ga — 31 – Tomas KABERLE — TORONTO
  • 6 app – 46 ga — 32 – Pavel KUBINA — ATLANTA
  • 6 app – 42 ga — 32 – Marek ZIDLICKY — MINNESOTA
  • 5 app – 41 ga — 31 – Jan HEJDA — COLUMBUS
  • 4 app – 31 ga — 33 – Filip KUBA — OTTAWA
  • 3 app – 27 ga — 27 – Zbynek MICHALEK — PHOENIX
  • 2 app — 7 ga — 27 – Miroslav BLATAK — Salavat Yulayev Ufa
  • 1 app — 7 ga — 23 – Roman POLAK — ST. LOUIS

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  • 10 app – 58 ga — 37 – Jaromir JAGR — Avangard Omsk
  • 9 app — 62 ga — 34 – Petr CAJANEK — SKA St. Petersburg
  • 4 app — 27 ga — 27 – Tomas PLEKANEC — MONTREAL
  • 4 app — 29 ga — 29 – Tomas ROLINEK — Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  • 4 app — 24 ga — 29 – Josef VASICEK — Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
  • 3 app — 24 ga — 28 – Martin ERAT — NASHVILLE
  • 6 app — 23 ga — 33 – Patrik ELIAS — NEW JERSEY
  • 4 app — 21 ga — 28 – Martin HAVLAT — MINNESOTA
  • 1 app —– 7 ga — 25 – Tomas FLEISCHMANN — WASHINGTON
  • 1 app —– 7 ga — 24 – Roman CERVENKA — Slavia Prague
  • 1 app —– 5 ga — 23 – David KREJCI — BOSTON
  • 2 app —– 4 ga — 25 – Milan MICHALEK — OTTAWA

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Apparently, the Czechs decide against the aging pair of veteran international Montreal Canadiens defensemen ROMAN HAMRLIK and JAROSLAV SPACEK, as well. The pair of 35-year-olds were both members of the Czech Republic’s 1998 gold medal squad at the Nagano Winter Olympics in Japan.

Colorado Avalanche right wing MILAN HEJDUK is another veteran of Nagano who did not make the Vancouver roster for the Czechs.

JIRI HUDLER, the former Detroit Red Wing whose summer signing with Russian club Dynamo Moscow sparked controversy, is not on the Olympic list. The 25-year-old forward is currently twelfth in Kontinental Hockey League scoring with 34 points (14 go 20 as) from 38 games.

Several KHL players, despite Hudler’s omission, were selected including TOMAS ROLINEK (40 ga, 14 go 11 as, 25 pts) of table-toppers Metallurg Magnitogorsk and former NHL center JOSEF VASICEK (39 ga, 15 go 18 as, 33 pts) of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. 

Defenseman MIROSLAV BLATAK (39 ga, 4 go 8 as, 12 pts, +24 rating) will oppose his club coach, VYACHESLAV BYKOV, in the round-robin at Vancouver when the Czechs face against the Russians. Bykov, Russia’s Olympic boss, is also the coach of KHL side Salavat Yulayev Ufa.

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Czech Republic : Rolf’s Roster Picks

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According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, the Olympic squad for the national team of the Czech Republic is slated to be made public on December 30.

CZECH REPUBLIC — Rolf’s roster picks

Goaltenders

  • 5 app – 33 ga — 33 – Tomas VOKOUN — FLORIDA
  • 1 app — 5 ga — 23 – Jakub STEPANEK — HC Vitkovice
  • 0 app — 0 ga — 22 – Ondrej PAVELEC — ATLANTA

Defensemen

  • 10 app – 74 ga — 35 – Jaroslav SPACEK — MONTREAL
  • 7 app — 50 ga — 31 – Tomas KABERLE — TORONTO
  • 6 app — 46 ga — 32 – Pavel KUBINA — ATLANTA
  • 6 app — 42 ga — 32 – Marek ZIDLICKY — MINNESOTA
  • 4 app — 31 ga — 33 – Filip KUBA — OTTAWA
  • 6 app — 25 ga — 35 – Roman HAMRLIK — MONTREAL
  • 3 app — 23 ga — 27 – Zbynek MICHALEK — PHOENIX
  • 1 app —– 7 ga — 23 – Ladislav SMID — EDMONTON

Centers

  • 5 app – 37 ga — 34 – Vaclav PROSPAL — NY RANGERS
  • 4 app – 27 ga — 27 – Tomas PLEKANEC — MONTREAL
  • 1 app — 7 ga — 25 – Tomas FLEISCHMANN — WASHINGTON
  • 1 app — 7 ga — 24 – Roman CERVENKA — Slavia Prague

Right Wings

  • 10 app – 58 ga — 37 – Jaromir JAGR — Avangard Omsk
  • 6 app — 28 ga — 33 – Milan HEJDUK — COLORADO
  • 4 app — 25 ga — 29 – Zbynek IRGL — Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
  • 3 app — 24 ga — 28 – Martin ERAT — NASHVILLE 

Left Wings

  • 9 app – 62 ga — 34 – Petr CAJANEK — SKA St. Petersburg
  • 6 app – 23 ga — 33 – Patrik ELIAS — NEW JERSEY
  • 1 app — 9 ga — 25 – Jiri HUDLER — Dynamo Moscow
  • 2 app — 4 ga — 25 – Milan MICHALEK — OTTAWA

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ROMAN CERVENKA is easily leading the Czech Republic’s Extraliga with 55 points (24 go 31 as) from 34 games with HC Slavia Prague this season.

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