In Sports New this Monday: Coach Hadamczik disappointed with overseas players after Czechs lose all three games in Karjala Cup; Jágr now seventh in NHL all-time points tally table; Hejnová named Czech Athlete of Year but regrets absence of Špotáková; and non-playing captain Navrátil will miss Davis Cup final in Belgrade.
Czechs lose three times and score only twice in dismal Karjala Cup
“This time, the players who don’t play in the Czech league weren’t at all better than those who do. That’s been a disappointment to me. We’re going to have to reassess things. If we’re going to lose with these players, it’d be better to take 10 or 12 players from the Czech league. We may lose, but those players will be better and more experienced after two or three tournaments. What’s more, they will value the opportunity more.”
The results in Finland mean the Czech Republic, who are propping up the table in the four-nation Euro Hockey Tour, have lost five of their six games so far this season. Fans will no doubt be hoping their form improves ahead of the Winter Olympics, which take place in Russia’s Sochi in three months’ time.
Jágr climbs to seventh in NHL all-time points table
Hejnová becomes Czech Athlete of Year for first time
“I’m very glad. But it’s a pity that Barbora didn’t compete, because that meant that we couldn’t meet. That said, the competition this year was of a high standard and they all put in excellent performances. But I’m glad I’ve finally won it. I think I was second twice, and I believe third once, so I’m glad I’ve finally managed to win.”