In Sports News this Monday: Czech ice hockey team ends year on high with triumph in Capital One Cup as Extraliga newcomer seize chance to impress; Soukalová returns to second place in biathlon World Cup after Slovenia win; and Kristýna Kolocová announces new beach volleyball partner.
Czechs end year on high with Capital One Cup triumph
They did so thanks to a 3:1 win over Sweden and an equally impressive 4:2 victory over the hosts Russia. What’s more the Czechs’ greatest success of 2015 came with a squad that featured a number of newcomers from the domestic Extraliga.
Among them was Richard Jarůšek from Mladá Boleslav. He wasn’t even sure if he’d be playing in the Extraliga before the start of the season but scored his first international goal against the Russians on Sunday.
“It’s a big experience. Not everybody gets the chance to take part in such a tournament. There were great players here. For me it’s been an experience and I can learn from it.”
Captain Jan Kovář said he had been pleased to see Jarůšek and others seizing the opportunity they received in Moscow.
“It’s a great sign for Czech hockey that guys who are playing excellently in the Extraliga are also making a mark with the national team. I’m really delighted. After the first game against the Finns things weren’t looking good and I’m really glad we were able to lift ourselves up. It went well for us and we fought.”
“We’ve tried out a lot of players. One or two could still appear. But we will more likely be making selections from among those who have played here and in the Karjala Tournament. Some players won’t be available because of the Euro Hockey Challenge. That will impact which players we call up.”