In Sports News this Monday: Czechs exit ice hockey U20 worlds after 7:0 loss to US – coach says fifth place reflects team’s abilities; new club hockey attendance record set at temporary outdoor arena in Brno; Jágr helps Florida extend streak; Kozák finally returns to Premier League action; and funeral of Pavel Srníček held in Ostrava.
Under 20s exit Worlds at quarters stage after drubbing by US
A number of the players had been in the Czech squad that took silver at the Under 18 worlds two years ago, including captain Dominik Mašín. He had been hoping to follow that historic success by reaching the last four this time out – but the Americans had different ideas.
“We wanted to play hockey against them and to play end to end. But they are able to take advantage of that – when holes open up, they’re able to seize on minor mistakes and score. I think we performed well in the group stage and achieved some results thank to teamwork. It’s a pity we were knocked out in the quarter-finals.”
Coach Jakub Petr says his charges fared about as well as they deserved to in Finland.
“If you take the generation born in 1996 in general, at the Under 18 worlds they were capable of beating the top teams. Since then we have managed to maintain our performance levels, but still fifth place corresponds to how we played. America, Finland, Sweden and the Russians – who we were a match for in the group – are all ahead of us in terms of performance.”
Attendance record set at temporary outdoor arena in Brno
Jágr helps Florida extend streak with two more goals
Kozák returns to EPL over two years after last appearance
Some 735 days after his last Premier League appearance, Libor Kozák came on as a substitute towards the end of Aston Villa’s defeat to Sunderland on Saturday. The Czech striker, who is now 26, broke his leg in 2014, just months after joining the club from Lazio.