In February, a match between the hockey players of the Czech Republic and Slovakia will take place with the participation of a number of stars


Update: 22.11.2022 13:39

Prague – A show of big stars will be offered by the match between the hockey legends of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which will take place on February 10 next year in Prague’s O2 arena on the occasion of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the victory of the Czech team at the Olympic Games in Nagano. Spectators will have the opportunity to see several champions from the “Tournament of the Century” in action, including Jaromír Jágr, but also other big names of Czech and Slovak hockey from the recent past.

Just in February, a quarter of a century will pass since the sensational triumph of the team led by coach Ivan Hlinka. The upcoming rematch of the recent match between the Czech and Slovak legends in Bratislava, in which the guests celebrated a 5:4 win at the Ondrej Nepela Winter Stadium in September, promises to be a celebration in every way.

On the Czech side, a trio of winners from Nagano should take to the ice: still-playing forward and owner of the extra-league Kladna Jágr, former forward and author of the winning goal from the semi-final shootout in separate raids against Canada Robert Reichel and former defender Martin Straka. There will be another five “golden boys” alternating in coaching roles: former strikers Martin Ručinský, Martin Straka, Josef Beránek and Pavel Patera and defender Jaroslav Špaček.

There is still a small chance for Ručinský to feature in the lineup. “I have problems with my back, a herniated disc is bothering me. Although I would really like to play, it doesn’t look quite right yet, but we’ll see in January. If my health allows, I would also need some time to get back into it a bit.” explained Ručinský at today’s press conference in Prague.

The team will be completed by players such as Petr Nedvěd, David Výborný, Jaroslav Bednář, Patrik Eliáš, Petr Klíma, Jiří Tlustý, Jan Hlaváč, Jaroslav Hlinka, Tomáš Vlasák, Zbyněk Irgl, Jaroslav Nedvěd, Lukáš Krajíček and Jakub Nakládal.

However, the Slovakian roster will apparently be very busy, with Marián Gáborík, Marián Hossa and his brother Marcel, Richard Zedník, Richard Lintner, as well as other Slovak aces of the recent past.

“I will try to build the strongest team possible from hockey retirees in Slovakia,” assured Ľubomír Višňovský with a smile. “It is very likely that Žigmund Pálffy or Peter Bondra will also be in it, Zdeno Chára, Miro Šatan, Tomáš Kopecký or Michal Handzuš have also been approached,” outlined the former defender.

“I believe that everything will be successful and that we will repay the Czech hockey players for the loss on our ice, where in the end they played practically to their full potential, shot with a hammer and it was quite intense. A loss always hurts, all the more so at home. For the rematch in Prague, I’m really looking forward to it. Hockey in the Czech Republic is a big phenomenon and I think it can easily be sold out,” added Višňovský.

“I don’t like to lose,” Eliáš responded with a smile to the words of the representative of the Slovak team about how seriously and prestigious the Czechs took the recent fight called “Legends are back” in the Slovak capital. “We jumped into it sharply and we probably surprised the Slovak boys quite a bit. I hope that there will be a lot of people in the O2 arena and they will enjoy it, because even though these players have reached their age, they still have a lot to offer from their art ” said Elias.

“We haven’t been to Slovakia, but I believe that it won’t be quite an exhibition, but it will have a charge, because I don’t really enjoy the matches that just slip away. The Slovak team certainly has a lot of motivation to return the loss to us,” Hlaváč said. who continues to extend his active career and currently defends the colors of Vrchlabí in the second league.

“I’m really looking forward to it. Especially if it’s in the context of the anniversary of the biggest success of our hockey. It’s a perfect opportunity for all of us to get together, but it doesn’t mean that we won’t fight for the victory. We won’t give the guys from Slovakia anything for free. The rivalry will be there, although at the moment it’s more like a friendly one,” declared Ručinský.

The accompanying program will also be rich. “We want the spectators to be involved in the competitions with the players. Everything we are planning, but we will only reveal gradually,” said Andrea Bársony from the organizing agency Eniva.

Pre-sale of tickets ranging from 790 (4th floor) to 2990 crowns (1st floor) started today at noon in the Ticketmaster and Ticketportal networks.


Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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