Czechs to face Team USA in championship quarterfinals

On Wednesday evening the Czechs will face the United States in the quarterfinals at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Prague. The other quarterfinal match being played in Ostrava sees Sweden face off against Latvia.

On Wednesday speculation surfaced the Czechs could recruit a final player from the NHL for the duration of the tournament, after several teams were eliminated in the NHL playoffs on Tuesday. The list of possible players includes Robert Lang and Robert Fischer of the Detroit Red Wings, Tomas Kaberle and Robert Reichel of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Milan Hejduk of the Colorado Avalanche. Czech coach Slavomir Lener has indicated he will give the issue further thought only after Wednesday's game.

Author: Jan Velinger