Milan Hejduk becomes second Czech to have NHL jersey retired; Czechs come fourth at World Junior Championship; best weekend of season for Czech biathlon team; record Czech participation in Dakar Rally; and Kvitová gets season off to winning start.
Huge honour for Hejduk as Colorado retire jersey
Hejduk made this address to fans, which is recorded in a video on the Avalanche website:
“None of this would have been possible without my teammates. I was blessed, throughout my entire career, to play with some of the greatest players of our generation, or even history. Being named captain in November of 2011 was nothing short of a privilege. Thank you for welcoming my entire family here, a place we now call home. Thank you for your great support and for this tremendous honour.”
Milan Hejduk’s number 23 jersey was raised at the Colorado Avalanche’s stadium by members of the under 13 team the Czech coaches.
Fourth place for Czechs at Under 20s worlds
The Czech Republic came fourth at the World Junior Championship in ice hockey in the United States. The Czech Under 20s had done well in the group stage and overcame the Finns in the quarterfinals. However, they then collapsed in the semifinals against Canada, losing 2:7, before suffering another whitewash in the game for bronze, when they were beaten 9:3 by the hosts.
Best weekend of season for biathlon team in Oberhof
Record Czech participation in Dakar Rally
Winning start to 2018 for Kvitová
Petra Kvitová got off to a winning start to the season in Sydney on Monday. The Czech easily overcame Mirjana Lučić-Baroni in the first set of their first round tie before the Croat retired. Also in Sydney Barbora Strýcová overcame Daria Kasatkina of Russia while Lucie Šafářová lost to Germany’s Angelique Kerber.