Třinec (Frýdek-Místek) – Třinec hockey players won the extra league for the fourth time in club history, but for the first time they experienced the first celebrations of triumph in the opponent’s hall. They moved into the home environment at night and arrived in front of the Werk Arena before six o’clock in the morning. Dozens of fans were waiting for them on the spot, who welcomed the team bus with the inscription and chanting: “Champions”.
Immediately after the match, the author of the golden goal, Vladimír Svačina, said that they did not have celebrations planned and that he would improvise. He didn’t even rule out staying in the capital. But after the first intoxicating moments in the Prague hall, the Steelworkers headed in the direction of Třinec for about an hour.
Several hundred fans of the Silesian club watched the match not only directly in the O2 arena, but also on Svobody Square in Třinec on a large screen. About thirty to forty supporters went to the arrival of their heroes. The number would be higher if the return time did not coincide with the beginning of the morning shift at the ironworks.
Upon arrival, the steelworkers showed the fans the Masaryk Cup, chanted together and took a few photos as a souvenir. But the others will not be impoverished either. The plan is a traditional bus ride through the city, which the players have taken in all three previous titles.
The celebrations for the public will continue on May 7 at the Metallurgical Day, where the team last performed on stage in 2019 and then signed for a crowd of people for several hours. The autograph session will also take place in Kaufland, the date will be specified.
I’m leaving happy, Varaďa said after the third title in Třinec
Coach Václav Varaďa ended his five-year engagement on the substitution of the extra-league Třinec with the third title in a row, thus calling the balance of Zdislav Tabara and František Výborný. No one has been more successful in modern Czech history. The forty-six-year-old coach has already announced in advance that he is leaving despite the valid contract at the Steelworks. He has not yet dealt with his next engagement, but he believes that he will return to Třinec in the future.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s only nice that I’m only 46 years old. But I still have fire in me, I’d like to win it again. I’ll always do hockey to win,” said Varaada after the sixth final match on Thursday. Sparta ice.
Tears appeared in his eyes several times during the interviews with the journalists. “Have I ever been more moved? In normal life, yes, but not in hockey. Especially the first moments while I was still on the shift were very soft. But when my daughters were born, the feelings were completely different. It’s incomparable. “Varaada said.
Třinec confirmed his dominance over Czech hockey this season. He won the third title in a row, which only Vsetín managed in modern history. According to Varadi, the success of the Slezanians is the result of daily work. “With the implementation team, I carefully selected the players who came. We added boys to the team that I was not wrong in them, I am very pleased. My five-year stage in Třinec is over, I really appreciate that the team under me always wanted to win. I’m really leaving happy, “said Varada.
The Wallachians even won five titles in a row between 1995 and 1999, and Třinec’s balance sheet could have been better. In the 2019/20 season, the playoffs did not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic, and even then the Steelworkers were a big fan of winning gold medals. “Four finals are great anyway. One second place in the regular part of the unfinished season. This is great. Three playoff victories are something unreal at this time of hockey,” he said.
But Třinec will attack the next triumph without Varadi. The successful coach ends up in the club. Although he signed a seven-year contract in April 2020, he decided to leave unexpectedly after the season. “First of all, I would like to thank Ján Moder and Jan Czudek for giving me a chance to train Steelmakers. “I would like Třinec further successes, but there are a lot of wolfhounds in the curtain, I will cheer. I believe that my steps will return to the club in the future,” said Varaďa.
Shortly after the finals, he explained why he had decided to leave. “I’m doing the best I can. I’m convinced my path is the right one, it’s the best. I’m sticking to my vision, the club is going the other way, so we’ll split up now. But I believe I’ll find it back someday.” he said, breaking with the plans of sports director Jan Peterek.
“I need a 100% approach as head coach and head coach of the club. I saw a slightly different path where the club was in some way and it did not work even after a long time when I tried to find a way with the club to believe my way,” he said. At the same time, however, he noted that he believed that he had not burned the bridges with the Steelworkers and that he would return one day.
He will have his future ahead of him. During the playoffs, he wanted to focus on Steelworks. “I don’t have any offer on the table at the moment. Of course there are teams in the Czech Republic that contacted me when I announced my departure from Třinec. There are also teams from top foreign competitions that contacted me. I said to everyone that I don’t want to deal with it now. that I want to concentrate 100% on the season with Třinec, “he said.
He definitely wants to keep training. “I love hockey and I want to train. But where will it be? I will consider it carefully and the family will definitely play a big role. But by no means am I burnt out. On the contrary, I am hungry and I want to win. And I believe my team will always want to win. “he said.
In recent weeks, it has been speculated that he could head to Switzerland or move overseas, where he worked in the NHL for many years. “I will spend the time waiting for the offer on inspection trips, I will try to improve in what I do and can do. I will travel abroad. On the one hand, I look forward to it, but again, I know I will miss hockey. I will want to “train as soon as possible, but that’s just how it should be. The right moment will come for me. Wherever it is,” said Varaďa. He would start training the new team immediately. He does not need any rest after a demanding season. “I’m hot to train again,” he smiled.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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