The hockey players used the day off to rest and went to the spa in Jurmala

Update: 16.05.2023 16:40

Riga – The Czech team will fill the first of two free days between Monday’s lost match with Latvia (3:4 in overtime) and Thursday’s match against Slovenia with rest without hockey duties. Only forwards Filip Chytil and Filip Chlapík, who are recovering from injuries, went on the ice today at the training Daugava Arena around noon. Subsequently, the entire team went to the famous spa of Jurmala on the coast of the Baltic Sea, about 25 kilometers from Riga.

“The players now have time off, they will go to the beach in Jurmala, to the sauna, to the pool. They will have dinner, have team building. I want to give them a rest. No work meetings, complete rest,” coach Kari Jalonen told reporters. He will miss the trip himself. “We will watch the matches,” he said of the matches between Slovenia and Norway and Switzerland and Kazakhstan.

The 63-year-old Finnish coach may rest in the evening. “I don’t need to clear my head. I’m here to work. We’re going to watch the games because Norway and Slovenia are playing, which we’ll face in the next two games. Maybe we’ll go to dinner with the coaches. We’ll find a place that has Czech beer. But I don’t know, if it works,” he said.

Ice hockey players went to Jurmala two years ago, when the world championship was held in Riga under covid restrictions in the “bubble”. Back then it was only for dinner at a restaurant and under the given conditions against the spread of the coronavirus. The current squad included goalkeeper Šimon Hrubec and forwards Chytil, Dominik Kubalík, Michael Špaček, Jakub Flek and Jiří Smejkal.

After the defeat against Latvia, Špaček looked forward to the fact that there would be some time for the players to come up with other ideas. “It’s a fast-paced tournament. You play a lot of matches in a row, so two days are certainly good. We have to clear our heads a little and play differently in the next match,” said Špaček.

As well as defender David Němeček, a debutant at a major international event. “It’s certainly nice that we will have two days without a match. It will be time to evaluate the match with Latvia, learn from mistakes and also to rest. Especially the mental one,” said Němeček. On Wednesday, the hockey players will start preparing for Slovenia. “There will definitely be meetings and we will prepare for the next opponent,” added goalkeeper Šimon Hrubec.

Source: České noviny – sport by

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