Liberec crowned Gambrinus liga Champions; Petr Cech's Chelsea clinch Premiership title; Oiler's Hemsky clips Detroit's Red Wings in 1st round Stanley Cup; Jagr facing surgery following disappointing Rangers exit; Czechs to play Latvia in preliminary round of Ice Hockey World Championships in Riga.
Liberec crowned season champions
"The most important thing is that we were able to clinch the title at home - in front of our fans who supported us all season and created an excellent atmosphere. In recent matches the pressure was enormous so we're proud. The main thing is that we won at home."
Chelsea take English Premiership
In international football, meanwhile, Czech fans can celebrate a repeat by London's Chelsea, once again taking the English Premiership title. Goalkeeper Petr Cech was once again instrumental in helping his side finish on top. But this year's title, he says, was more difficult than the first.
"They say it's more difficult to defend the title than to win it the first time and I think that this season was proof. We were the target for all the teams and all had motivation to try and beat us. That's why winning this time was harder and I'm glad we were able to pull through."
National side coach optimistic about Koller return
With a little over a month to go before the football World Cup in neighbouring Germany, fans are hoping to see the return of striker Jan Koller - the most successful scorer in the national side's history. Koller has been sidelined since last September with a knee injury, but has been training furiously to make the date. The Czech team faces the US on June 12th.
Last week team coach Karel Brueckner said that he was optimistic Koller would return. Three other players are also doubtful: Vladimir Smicer, Vratislav Lokvenc, and Zdenek Grygera. The full line-up for the championship is to be officially submitted by May 15th.
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Jagr facing surgery
Following his team's being swept from the Stanley Cup playoffs, Jaromir Jagr will have to decide whether or not to go ahead with surgery. The star player suffered a dislocated shoulder in the New York Rangers' match-up against New Jersey. New York lost all four games. Jagr - who set a number of key records with the Rangers in the regular season and was phenomenal leading up to the play-offs - would reportedly like to get the operation over as soon as possible in order to prepare for next year.
Czechs to defend title at Ice Hockey World Championships
Meanwhile, Czechs may get additional help following the outcome of the Carolina-Montreal series in the NHL playoffs. Depending on who wins the series, the Czechs could see additional players added to the roster - either Radek Bonk or Jan Bulis from Montreal, or Frantisek Kaberle or Josef Vasicek from Carolina.
The Czech national team plays its opener on Friday against hosts Latvia.