Swiss oust Czechs at Worlds
Earlier this week, hockey fans hoped that the Czech national team had finally found its legs in a 7-0 drubbing of Norway. But that was as good as things would get. Although the Czechs avoided the embarrassment of an early exit and made the quarterfinal, they again faced tournament’s biggest surprise this year, the Swiss, and were defeated.
“If I compare it to the tournaments last year and the year before, when we beat the United States and also Sweden, we obviously can’t be happy with how things worked out. Right now I can’t really think about ‘what ifs’: it simply wasn’t our day. Members of the team were well-prepared and we had good players and they did their best. But the whole season was tough, we had injuries, and the result was not the one we wanted.”
“As the coach I am responsible, along with players, for the results so I expect we will come under fire. Unfortunately we can’t change anything now. We will have to begin thinking about the next big tournament, the Winter Olympics. We will have to think about who to name to the roster but that is still far off. The new NHL season will be on when we consider these questions, and we will have to look at who is on the injury list and how things have developed.”