The Czech basketball team scores an historic success by reaching sport’s world cup; Slavia set new away record for not conceding away – and concede; and linesman Libor Suchánek becomes first non-North American fulltime official in NHL.
Historic success for Czech basketball with world cup qualification
Forward Vojtěch Hruban, who secured 17 of the Czechs’ points, had this to say after Sunday’s win.
“It was a dream that was a long way off a few years ago. I’m very glad that I’m part of this generation, and that I can be among those who have played a role. Around the 10th or 11th round I don’t think anybody would have tipped the Czech national team to reach the world cup.”
The only Czech player currently on an NBA contract, point guard Tomáš Satoranský, was equally excited.
“Getting to the world cup was unimaginable for us and for the whole of Czech basketball. So I think it can be ranked among our greatest successes. Hopefully it will help the sport in general to grow here.”
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Linesman Suchánek first non-North American fulltime NHL official
Czech Libor Suchánek has become the first non-North American fulltime official in the history of ice hockey’s NHL. The 29-year-old was offered a minor leagues linesman contract by the NHL last year and – after officiating at 37 games – has now seen it upgraded to a fulltime deal. Suchánek is reported to have come to the attention of the league’s officiating crew for his work on a game in Prague prior to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.