Kämpf will play against the Norwegians with Smejkal and Vrána, Jiříček will not play

Updates: 21.05.2022 11:53

Tampere (Finland) – Striker David Kämpf will start today’s match of Czech hockey players at the World Cup against Norway in the third offensive formation with Jiří Smejkal and Jakub Vrána. The team consists of seven defenders and thirteen forwards, the young quarterback David Jiříček will not play. The match of the basic group B in Tampere for important points for advancing to the quarterfinals will start at 19:20 CEST.

“David has arrived, of course he will play. We will play for thirteen forwards and seven defenders, David Jiříček remains in the stands. We will see what it will look like, but I believe that everyone will intervene in the game and we will be successful, “assistant coach Libor Zábranský told reporters after today’s sharpening.

Kämpf arrived in northern Europe on Thursday as the last enlisted member of the NHL. The registration of the 27-year-old Toronto player, who is valued for its versatility, also closed the list of the national team for the tournament. “David is an excellent player. He has a success rate of perhaps 57 percent in the defensive zone, which is an excellent statistic for the NHL. He is also excellent at weakening, his role will be of great benefit to our team,” Zabransky praised.

So far, the Norwegian team in Tampere has lost to the home Finns 0: 5, subsequently lost a three-goal lead with the British and succeeded only after separate raids, then lost 2: 3 to the Latvians and defeated the Austrians 5: 3. The last match between the hockey players of the Czech Republic and Norway is more than three years old – the Czechs won the World Championships in Bratislava 7: 2.

“As we watched the matches and the video coaches prepared the materials, we expect the same stubbornness as the Latvians showed. They play strictly one on one in the defensive zone. It will be important to have a player on the mask so that the goalkeeper does not see. “We have to look at each other first and foremost. We have a huge quality in the team. Now I apologize for the expression, but when the boys fall for the hold, we have to manage such matches,” said Zábranský.

“Hockey has moved a lot lately, no one is a weak opponent and we must not underestimate anyone. We have seen it both with the British, who went three times alone to the goal during the first period, and then with Austria. We have to go to every match just like yesterday to the first It is necessary to go to the match with the same mentality, “forward Matěj Stránský urged caution.

Expected composition of the Czech Republic: Vejmelka – Hronek, Kempný, Kundrátek, Ščotka, D. Sklenička, Šimek, Jordán – Pastrňák, Krejčí, Červenka – Blümel, Hertl, H. Zohorna – J. Vrána, Kämpf, Smejkal – M. Stránský, Černoch, Flek – M. Starling.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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